BMW 3 series sedan models

3 series sedan models by BMW: A Brief History

BMW 3 series
BMW 3 series

The BMW 3 series sedan has seen seven generations. In 2019, BMW opened a new chapter in the history of 3 series sedans; the seventh chapter. BMW 3 series was first launched in 1975 and unveiled at Munich’s Olympic Stadium. It was the successor to BMW 2 series and the brainchild of Paul Bracq, who remained BMW’s director of design from 1970 to 1974. At the time of its launch 3 series was matchless in terms of sporting performance and thus the foundation of a successful new chapter was laid in the history of BMW. The distinctive profile of the BMW 3 series at the time of its launch with its raised tail section and the crease line along the body, made it famous. The first generation of the BMW 3 Series was built from 1975 to 1983. A  dashboard angled toward the driver which BMW released with its 3 series first generation became a regular feature in its upcoming models.

BMW 3 series 1st generation features:

  • Power: 55-105 kW / 75-143 hp
  • Variants: Sedan (2-door), Convertible (Baur Topcabriolet)

BMW unveiled the second generation of the BMW 3 series at Morocco in 1982. The key innovation BMW introduced included seven different variants, with sedan-oriented styling dominant in all versions. First BMW launched it as a 2 door sedan and later 4 door models were made available in 1983. The second-generation models had series-standard twin headlights which became a standard feature later on in every BMW 3 series. Two years later, BMW 3 series convertible and the first BMW M3 models arrived. BMW 3 series second-generation models were built between 1982 and 1994.

BMW 3 series 2nd generation features:

  • Power: 66-175 kW / 90-238 hp
  • Variants: Sedan (2 and 4-door), Convertible, Baur Topcabriolet, Touring, M3 (as Coupé and Convertible)

The third generation of BMW 3 series models were built between 1990 and 2000. With its 3rd generation of BMW 3 series, the company took a significant leap in terms of design.

The formal language was much more coupé-oriented, with a strongly sloping A-line and C-line. The angle of the roof now had a clear downward incline. And the third-generation vehicles were also notable for the twin headlamps installed beneath a shared glass cover.

BMW 3 series 3rd generation.

The third generation of BMW 3series was launched in eight variants. Apart from the Sedan, Coupé, Convertible, Touring, and Compact versions, M3 was available as Sedan, Coupe or convertible. BMW again launched a new variant in March 1994 – brand new BMW 3 series compact. It became one of the best selling models of BMW with the third-highest sales behind the Sedan and the Coupe.

BMW 3 series 3rd generation features:

  • Power: 73-236 kW / 99-321 hp
  • Variants: Sedan, Coupé, Convertible, Baur Topcabriolet, Touring, Compact, M3 (as Sedan, Coupé, and Convertible)

The 4th generation of BMW 3 series arrived the same year as Titanic broke records on the box office – 1997. First came the Sedan and then followed the Coupé, Convertible, Touring, Compact, and M3. The 4th generation BMW 3 series came with significant styling differences. The design changes were a success and BMW was able to achieve sales of 3,266,885 units of 3 series which make it the top-selling BMW model of all time. The 4th generation of BMW 3 series was produced between 1997 and 2006.

BMW 3 series 4th generation features:

  • Power: 77-265 kW / 105-360 hp
  • Variants: Sedan, Coupé, Convertible, Touring, Compact, M3 (as Coupé and Convertible)

BMW unveiled the 5th generation of 3 series in March 2005 at the Geneva motor show and the car was awarded the title of Car of the year in 2006. The 5th generation also saw significant design evolution and each of the Coupe and Convertible models followed their own design directions. The 5th generation BMW M3 sedan model was born of a fusion between the coupe and sedan models. The front section of M3 was derived from the coupe and the tail section from the Sedan. These models (5th generation) were produced between 2005 and 2013.

BMW 3 series 5th generation features:

  • Power: 90-331 kW / 122-450 hp
  • Variants: Sedan, Coupé, Convertible, Touring, M3 (as Sedan, Coupé, and Convertible)

The sixth generation of BMW 3 series came in 2011 when for the first time BMW 3 series went electric and introduced a number of hybrid options. The new range of engines included hybrid options – the ActiveHybrid 3, followed by the 330e iPerformance. Moreover, all these engines were turbocharged. The new generation had evolved from the predecessor in terms of design as well as size to offer the rear passengers extra leg and headroom. Personalization had become the new trend and the customers were customizing the equipment spec, choosing from a wider range of materials, colors, and fabrics. Besides the M sports package, there were three other trim levels available now: the Modern line, Sports line, and Luxury line. BMW also separated some models from the 3 series family – the Convertible, Coupé, and the new Gran Coupé – to form the BMW 4 series.

BMW 3 series 6th generation features:

  • Power: 85-338 kW / 116-460 hp
  • Variants: Sedan, Touring, Gran Turismo, M3
BMW 3 series 6th generation.
BMW 3 series 6th generation.

BMW 3 Series 7th Generation Models

330i Sedan (2020)

2020 BMW 330i Sedan

Features:

  • 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder Rear-wheel drive
  • 255 HP
  • 36 MPG 
  • 5.6 sec 0-60 MPH 
  • Starting MSRP: $40,750

330i xDrive Sedan (2020)

330i xDrive Sedan
  • 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinderxDrive, intelligent all-wheel drive
  • 255 HP
  • 34 MPG 
  • 5.3 sec 0-60 MPH 
  • starting MSRP: $42,750

330i Sedan

Features:

Equipped with Sport Line, Jet Black, 18″ V-spoke bi-color orbit grey wheels, style 780 with all-season run-flat tires, Black SensaTec, Fine Wood trim with Ash Grey-Brown high gloss, Convenience Package, Heated front seats, Satin aluminum line exterior trim, Apple CarPlay Compatibility, Park Distance Control, Connected Package Pro, Live Cockpit Pro (incl. Navi)


330e Sedan (Electrified 2021)

2021 BMW 330e Sedan
  • 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder with integrated electric motor
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 288 HP
  • 75 MPGe
  •  5.6 sec 0-60 MPH 
  • starting MSRP: $44,550

330e xDrive Sedan (Electrified – 2021)

2021 BMW 330e xDrive Sedan
  • 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder with integrated electric motorxDrive, intelligent all-wheel drive
  • 288 HP
  • TBA MPGe 
  • 5.7 sec 0-60 MPH
  • starting MSRP: $46,550

M340i Sedan (BMW M 2020)

2020 BMW M340i Sedan
  • 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 382 HP
  • 30 MPG 
  • 4.4 sec 0-60 MPH
  • starting MSRP: $54,000

M340i xDrive Sedan

2020 BMW M340i xDrive Sedan
  • 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinderxDrive, intelligent all-wheel drive
  • 382 HP
  • 30 MPG 
  • 4.1 sec 0-60 MPH
  • starting MSRP: $56,000