The Business Navigation system is now standard in the 316i, 318d, 320i and 320d models, while the 328i upgrades to the Professional Navigation system with internet functionality. All models equipped with Professional Navigation upgrade to a new iDrive controller with a touch-sensitive surface.
All 3 Series sedan and Touring models equipped with the eight-speed sports automatic transmission (excludes 316i and 318d) now feature launch control as standard.
BMW’s ‘Lines’ packages are now a no-cost option on 328i, 335i and ActiveHybrid 3 models, while roller sunblinds for the rear door windows and rear windscreen are standard in the latter two six-cylinder models.
BMW Australia has also wiped hundreds of dollars from the price of a number of options, including active cruise control with ‘stop&go’ function, head-up display, and high-grade audio systems, as well as cutting the price of the optional Lines and M Sport packages for applicable models.
The updates to the 3 Series Touring are effective from July production, while the 3 Series sedan enhancements come into effect from August production.
They follow similar recent reconfigurations of the 1 Series and 5 Series ranges – a move BMW Australia says is a trend for the brand as it aims to widen its customer base and the appeal of its cars.
BMW 3 Series manufacturer’s list prices:
- 316i sedan – $52,300 (+$1400)
- 318d sedan – $57,800 (+$1400)
- 320i sedan – $60,000 (+$1400)
- 320d sedan – $62,300 (+$1400)
- 328i sedan – $68,900 (+$3000)
- 335i sedan – $93,400 (+$2000)
- ActiveHybrid 3 – $99,700 ($2000)
- 318d Touring – $60,300 (+$1400)
- 320i Touring – $64,000 (+$1400)
- 328i Touring – $72,900 (+$3000)