A quick look at the BMW range reveals that the carmaker is fully aware of the fact that it can’t just rely on driving dynamics to cater to the needs of its customers. People today have complex demands and the Bavarian have gone to great lengths to make sure they have something for everybody. Thus, the 3-Series now comes in three flavors: Sport, Modern and Luxury.
These lines, as BMW calls them, mean that you get different details for both the exterior and the interior. We drove the Sport, which means that, for example, we got high-gloss black exterior trimming.
Now that the new generation is out, we can sit down for a second and sigh in relief: it’s so nice to see how the 3-Series has managed to avoid the controversy brought by the Bangle era.
The 3-Series is now more masculine, it inspires movement even when standing still and we have to say that this is quite an achievement for a vehicle that has grown in length. The visual story spells “masculinity” and this is true from every angle of the car. But it’s not just the big picture that has a lot to tell you, the details are important too.
The most important new feature is brought by the shape of the headlights, which are now extending up to the kidney grille. Of course, BMW’s full-LED construction also offers a strong visual impression. The lower front fascia has its own identity and helps the vehicle escape the “they all look the same” issue that affects many carmakers’ ranges these days.
Of course, all the typical elements, such as the Hofmeister kink and the extremely short front overhang are there and they mix with the all-new ones, such as the complex architecture of the lower front and rear fascias, all with the aim to create an image that stands out a little bit.
To sum it all up, the 3-Series has grown in length, with 50 percent of the increase going into the wheelbase (you can really feel that in the cabin
), but it doesn’t show this, with the vehicle being loaded with elements that fool the eye and offer a masculine image.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Oh, how times have changed... Were is the golden age when BMWs sipped fuel like an elephant on... ahem... marijuana. First of all, this is a diesel. OK, maybe I could understand people’s obsession with burning oil, after all, what else can you think about when you’re... ahem... financially challenged. But this doesn’t even have six cylinders under its hood! Asking me to test drive this car is like promising me a night with Heidi Klum... ‘s midget lookalike.
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