like The sedan segment itself, sports sedans are a dying breed. There are only a handful of decent midsize, rear-wheel-drive, fun-to-drive sedans left in the US market. Thankfully, BMW hasn’t given up on the segment they invented.of Segment Leader 3 Series For 2023, updated with style and features to keep loyal buyers from getting lost The dark side of SUVsI just got back from BMW’s annual test fest in Southern California. At this event, BMW gathers cars and journalists to catch up on all the new models. Here’s what you can expect from the 2023 3-series:
2023 BMW 3 Series: Classic, Efficient or M3-lite
The 2023 3 Series lineup consists of three powertrain choices for the US market. Start with what BMW calls a core model. 330iPower comes from a 255 hp 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four (I remember, BMW’s numerical model names no longer mean anything). This engine is only mated to his 8-speed automatic. Stick shift is not currently available on his 3 series on the base. The 330i is just the classic choice you need. simple 3 series sedan.
For those who wish a little efficiencyyou can choose 330e plug-in hybridA 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four with 181 hp is mated to a 107 hp electric motor for a total of 288 hp. There is also a 12 kWh battery pack. 330e It can travel 22 miles on electric range alone.
The top of the 3 Series range is what I think of as “the M3 lite,” M340iIt’s a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six with 382 hp. The big news for 2023 is M340i 48 Volt Mild Hybrid System, integrated directly into the 8-speed automatic transmission (again, the only transmission available). It offers some efficiency improvements and a smoother engine stop/start system, but BMW says the main purpose of the hybrid system here is to increase overtaking power and off-line acceleration.
Another plus: xDrive all-wheel drive is available for all 3 Series powertrains.
2023 BMW M340i: No, it’s the M3 Lite.
BMW threw me the keys to 2023 M340i He then asked me to enjoy a few hours of driving in and around the San Bernardino National Forest. We wanted to see how the addition of the mild-hybrid system would affect the handling of this performance sedan.
The first thing you will notice is how quiet the 2023 M340i is in normal driving. As you exit the hotel and stop at several traffic lights, the hybrid setup seamlessly engages the start/stop system.i usually have universal hatred of these types of systems When they do engage, they are often annoying and rough. I never actually tried disabling it. This is my first time.
Once we got to the pass, we hit the sport mode button and had a blast. The M340i is excellent.A few Recent BMW decisions May seems to indicate what the brand has I forgot I’m not sure what you mean by ultimate driving machine, but the 2023 M340i puts an end to that fear. The chassis, and the way the car reacts to inputs, is really good. The feedback from the steering wheel made me understand everything about what was going on. I was confident that I could go 15-20 miles an hour faster around the curve, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the front end washed out without warning.
The mild-hybrid system works like a second turbocharger that is constantly boosted. Passing a slow-moving car on a two-lane road is ridiculously easy.and the exhaust note gloriousBMW’s straight-six engines have always sounded great, but I didn’t expect them to make that noise when decelerating. It’s a fun touch, especially in a hybrid, and definitely gets attention.
2023 BMW 3 Series: new styling and features
The 3 Series will receive styling and technology updates for 2023. The headlights and DRL have been slimmed down for a more chiseled look.
The 2023 330i and 330e will be available with the M Sport Appearance Package. It features M-specific front and rear aprons, 19-inch alloy wheels and a honeycomb pattern on the front grille. The M Sport Package features adaptive suspension and sports steering.
The 2023 M340i goes from the mesh design of the kidney grille to M-specific exhausts and 18-inch (or optional 19-inch) M split-spoke wheels.
The interior has also been updated. Like many new cars, the 3 Series does away with the separate instrument cluster and infotainment display in favor of one large curved panel that houses two screens. BMW has updated the 3 Series’ infotainment system with the latest iDrive 8 operating system, which runs on a 14.9-inch display and a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel. Slimmer air vents and a small toggle-like gear selector help keep the interior sleeker and more minimalist.
The 2023 BMW 3 Series is available now. His 330i with base specs starts at his $43,295. 330e adds $1,000. As for the M340i, you have to pay to play from $55,845. Add xDrive all-wheel drive to any trim for $2,000. All prices listed here include BMW’s $995 destination charge.
It’s great that BMW is keeping the sports sedan alive with the 3 Series.When Coming EV Revolution We hope future all-electric 3-Series can continue that effort. Until then, the 2023 3 Series does a great job living up to the brand’s legend.