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BMW 3 Series Sedan Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 10
First production year: 1982
Engines: Mild hybrid diesel, Gasoline, Hybrid gasoline, Mild hybrid, Diesel, Hybrid
 

2022 - Present

After a little over three years on the market, the seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series received an update, or LCI (Life Cycle Impulse), as the carmaker named it. The 3 Series was the most successful model in BMW's history, selling over 16 million of them between 1975 and 2021 in seven generations. Moreover, between October 2018, when the seventh generation was introduced at the Paris ...

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mild hybrid diesel engines:

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 318d 8AT RWD (150 HP)

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 320d 8AT RWD (190 HP)

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 320d xDrive 8AT AWD (190 HP)

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 330d 8AT RWD (286 HP)

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 330d xDrive 8AT AWD (286 HP)

  BMW 3 Series Sedan M340d xDrive 8AT AWD (340 HP)

gasoline engines:

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 318i 8AT RWD (156 HP)

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 320i 8AT RWD (184 HP)

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 320i xDrive 8AT AWD (184 HP)

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 330i 8AT RWD (245 HP)

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 330i xDrive 8AT AWD (245 HP)

hybrid gasoline engines:

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 320e 8AT RWD (204 HP)

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 330e 8AT RWD (292 HP)

  BMW 3 Series Sedan 330e xDrive 8AT AWD (292 HP)

2016 - 2018

For 2016, BMW's most popular compact sedan got a refresh, building upon the well-known recipe: coupe shape with four doors for practicality, front-engine, rear-wheel drive and a happy driver in between. With the LCI version, the 2016 BMW 3 Series got new bumpers with revised air intakes and integrated Active Cruise Control (ACC) sensor (optional), standard LED taillamps, redesigned headl...

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2012 - 2016

The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the world’s best-selling premium car, sets new benchmarks in terms of sporting prowess, elegance and comfort. The pioneering history of the 3 Series serves as inspiration for the new sports sedan, whose powerful styling represents a fresh interpretation and conscientious development of traditional BMW design cues. The new BMW face, with flat headli...

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2008 - 2011

BMW upgraded the 3-Series lineup in 2008 and made it ready for the Euro 5 norms that became mandatory starting with January 2009. After four years on the market and a successful career, the German carmaker had to improve its engine lineup. As usual, it couldn't refresh only the drivetrains, and it had to work on other areas as well. At the front, the main difference was seen in the co...

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2005 - 2008

The BMW 3 Series was the best sold model in the German’s producer history, with its production starting in 1975.The 5th generation of the BMW’s 3 series, also known as the E90, has a timeless design. The E90 was produced in four body options: sedan (E90), break (E91), coupe (E92) and cabrio (E93). The optional features available were xenon headlamps, automatic climate control, parking sensor,...

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2002 - 2005

The fourth generation of the BMW 3-Series came on the market in 1998 and rocketed to the top of the sales charts in the premium compact segment. In 2000, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class overtook it. As usual, BMW knew that that was going to happen and as soon as it launched the 3-Series, it's engineers started to work on the facelifted version, which was introduced in 2002. It wasn't an e...

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1982 - 1992

BMW introduced a new generation of the 3 Series in 1982. It was an important step forward compared to its predecessor, especially since it also came in the highly-demanded four-door shape. The first generation of the 3 Series was a blast to drive for those times. It was a sports coupe vehicle that charmed close to 1.4-million customers worldwide, and it could have been even more successful if...

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