2015 BMW 3 Series – The controversial Bangle era of design is over at BMW, and the revised 2015 BMW 3 Serise reflects this fact with a new, more elegant look. Though slightly softer and more luxury-oriented than its predecessor, the 2015 BMW 3 Serie remains one of the better-handling sports sedans on the market, and it now offers two fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engines in addition to a forced induction version of BMW’s legendary straight-six. For the time being, the latest redesign will only apply to the 3-Series sedan and wagon, as the 3-Series Coupe and 3-Series Convertible are expected to arrive later wearing the 4-Series moniker.
Visually, the latest 2015 BMW 3 Serise adopts the same conservative design language first seen on vehicles like the 5-Series and 7-Series. However, the new-generation 3 is 3.5-inches longer and two inches wider than the outgoing model, giving the car an overall athletic look. Despite a bigger footprint, the lates 3-Series retains a perfect 50/50 weight distribution and is actually 88 pounds lighter than the model it replaces.
As a result of those expanded dimensions, the 3-Series boasts more cabin space, particularly for rear-seat passengers. BMW also says that the 3-Series trunk can comfortably hold three-golf bags. Another significant element of the redesign was the return of four-cylinder power to the 2015 BMW 3 Series lineup after an absence of nearly 15 years.
New for the latest model year is the entry-level 320i model, which uses turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. Available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic – the gearbox choices for all 3-Series engines – it scoots from zero-to-60 mph in 7.1 seconds with either transmission. Those looking for more power can opt for the 328i model, which uses a version of the 320i’s mill that develops 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft or torque. As a result, the 328i scoots from zero-to-60 in a relatively brisk 5.7 seconds.
2015 BMW 3 Series Safity
2015 BMW 3 Series’s 335i remains on offer, delivering 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque from its turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder. That added grunt is good for a zero-to-60 time of 5.4 seconds. All 3-Series models come standard with dual front, front-side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Optional 2015 BMW 3 Series safety features include a Lane Departure Warning system and a Forward Collision Warning system . A blind spot warning system is also available.