Today, BMW opened the latest chapter in the 3 Series story as it announced the new 2013 BMW 320i Sedan for the US market. Constructed with the near-perfect 50:50 balance afforded by BMW rear-wheel drive and priced from $33445 (including $895 Destination & Handling) - $3405 less than the current base model 328i Sedan. Along with the new 320i Sedan, the BMW 320i xDrive Sedan featuring BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system will also be available. The car is expected to go on sale in late-Spring 2013.
The new BMW 320i Sedan is a modern throwback to the early days of micro-powered RWD sedans of the mid 1970's. The engine is BMW's award-winning 2.0L TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, rated in the 320i at 180 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 200 lb-ft of torque from 1,250 rpm - 4,500 rpm. 0-60 mph acceleration for the 320i Sedan is estimated to require only 7.1 seconds with either transmission choice. Top speed is an electronically-limited at 130 mph.
The 2013 BMW 320i with 6-speed manual transmission is predicted to reach 22 City / 34 Highway, while 23 City / 33 Highway is estimated for the 320i equipped with 8-speed automatic. The 320i xDrive model is expected to achieve 22 City / 33 Highway. The Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode provides the opportunity to extend these savings even further.
Overall measurements keep the car within the current 3 Series family. Wheelbase of 110.6 inches / 2,810 mm (+ 1.96in/50 mm) and a front and rear track width of 60.3 / 1,543 (+ 1.46 in / 37 mm) and 61.9 / 1,583 millimeters (+ 1.85 in/ 48 mm) respectively give the new BMW 3 Series Sedan a more road-hugging stance than its predecessor. While the weight-optimized powertrain and lightweight body design result in a perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution.
The suspension components combine maximum stiffness with minimum weight. Aluminum torque struts, wishbones and swivel bearings bring a substantial reduction in unsprung masses. Four-corner disc brakes that use lightweight floating caliper brakes keep the car's handling characteristics in check.
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system for improved driving dynamics and safety. The DSC system incorporates the following functions: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC), along with start-off assist, brake drying and an electronic limited slip function for the rear differential, which can be activated using the "DSC Off" button.
The new 320i sedan is a car that helps close the gap between the 128i base model while still giving you the versatility of a modern luxury performance sedan. With an available six-speed manual transmission and the popular N20 engine (which we've tested plenty of aftermarket performance parts on with amazing power gains), not to mention the price point, the 320i might prove to be a home run to those who've been contemplating a new Bimmer in their lives.
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