2017 BMW 3 Series


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2017 BMW 3 Series

When it comes to entry level, luxury sedans, one car above all the others usually comes to mind: the BMW 3 Series. It's been an automotive mainstay in its segment since its inception, and has been continually updated and refreshed to ensure it stays fresh and fun.

The 3 Series is BMW's best-selling vehicle to date. And the 2017 3 Series sedan is no different. Every year BMW tries to inject new life, new features, and new tech into the venerable sedan gets to make sure it stays relevant and retains its number position among other luxury sedans. The current update includes tons of options, including a Sports Wagon, hatch, and Gran Turismo configuration. The 2017 BMW 3 Series also gets a choice between four conventional gas engines, a high-performance twin-turbo inline-six, and both a diesel and a hybrid variant for the fuel or environmentally conscious.


What's Changed for the 2017 3 Series

This year, the trim level count stays roughly the same, but each one's moniker gets shaken up a bit to keep things progressing forward. Trims include the base 320i, the 330i, the 328d diesel, the 330e plug-in hybrid and the 340i. We also see the three body styles from previous iterations we've gotten used to - a 4-door sedan, station wagon, and the hatchback version called the Gran Turismo.

2017 3 Series Trim Levels

For 2017, the BMW 3 Series has 5 trims available with a variety of engine and powertrain configurations.

The base 320i has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 180 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.

The 330i replaces the 328i and has a 2.0-liter turbo four that sees 252 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

The turbodiesel 328d has a 2.0L turbo I4 that spins up 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.

The BMW 340i replaces the 335i and features the largest engine - a 3.0-liter turbo 6-cylinder rated at 326 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, enough to get the car from 0-60 mph in the mid-4-second range. And the plug-in hybrid 330e combines the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine with an 87-hp electric motor, putting the total system output at 248 hp and 310 lb-ft.

All of the 2017 trims come with standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), but with most BMW vehicles these days, they can be upgraded with BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Transmission choices for the 2017 3 Series are limited to a standard 8-speed automatic or a proper 6-speed manual, which is available as a no-cost option for 320i, 330i, 340i and 340i xDrive trims.

As for how the 2017 3 Series handles on the open road, in short, just as you'd expect. Electric power steering smooths out and refines handling. And the available variable sport steering and Driving Dynamics control system that allows the driver to toggle between Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ modes via a switch beside the driver's knee, provide excellent control and feedback when drivers are putting the 3 Series through its paces.

The exhilarating M Sport package is still available, and is a must-drive for those drivers who really want to open up the car and see what it can really do. The package drops the chassis height by 0.4 inches, firms up the suspension, and comes with larger anti-roll bars and M alloy wheels.

Will the 2017 BMW 3 Series Retain its Crown?

These newest additions to the BMW 3 Series family only adds to the legacy of the series in general. It makes great use of all the engineering abilities BMW can muster and puts them to work to create a luxury sports sedan that, as yet, has no peers. Interested in getting one of your own? Come to BMW of Meridian today and take a 2017 BMW 3 Series for a test drive to see what all the fuss is about.