Facelifted BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible announced

Facelifted BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible announced

BMW 3-Series Coupe Cabrio 2011 fq1

BMW has unveiled its upcoming facelifted 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, which will begin to land in BMW showrooms worldwide towards the middle of 2010.
More than a cosmetic upgrade a bunch of under metal changes have been applied to the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible’s mechanicals to improve not only power output, but fuel efficiency and driveability.
The most obvious changes are external. BMW’s signature kidney grille has been widened and lowered sitting between reshaped headlamps, which now feature new LED-illuminated daytime running lights.
The front and rear bumpers have been fully redesigned, and the side skirts are reworked. The bonnet has been altered to accommodate the new headlights and grille design but all other sheetmetal is unchanged. With the exception of the wing mirrors, that feature new casings.
Three new colours will feature in the 3 Series palette when the facelifted models arrive later this year. A new red, white and blue.
The interior of the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible is virtually identical in layout to the current models, however there are some small changes.
Steering wheel shapes have been tweaked for the 2011 car, and models fitted steering wheel-mounted paddles now feature a more mainstream left/upshift, right/downshift  F1 layout.
The shifter for automatic transmission-equipped models has also been swapped for BMW’s new electronic shifter design.
Leather upholstery is standard, and Dark Burl Walnut veneer is the default trim. Bamboo Anthracite, Light Burl Walnut and aluminium trim can be optioned, and the leather upholstery can be had in six colours if the Dakota Leather option is preferred.
For the convertible, the leather upholstery also features a special light-reflecting coating which reduces the amount of heat absorbed by the seats when exposed to sunlight.
By cutting the heat absorption characteristics of the upholstery, cabin temperatures can be kept cooler and passenger comfort increased. BMW’s special treatment also achieves this without affecting the appearance of the leather
BMW’s updated iDrive system will continue in its current form, and BMW’s new ConnectedDrive in-car internet system will likely be available as an option.
There two confirmed changes to the engine list. The current twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre straight six that powers the 335i has been replaced by the new N55 3.0 litre six, which shares its bottom end architecture with the current motor but features a new head design and a single turbo.
The new turbocharged six develops 223kW thanks to BMW’s throttle-less Valvetronic valve actuation system, direct injection and the single twin-scroll turbocharger. Although the N55 is 2kW down on the current engine, torque peaks at 407Nm – 7Nm more than now replaced motor.
The naturally-aspirated 30-litre N52  is based on similar architecture to the N55, however due to its lack of forced induction it puts out ‘only’ 171kW and 271Nm.
The 2011 BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible range is expected to arrive in NZ in mid-2010. Pricing, model information and exact specification should be announced closer to the model’s local launch.

BMW has unveiled its upcoming facelifted 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, which will begin to land in BMW showrooms worldwide towards the middle of 2010.

More than a cosmetic upgrade a bunch of under metal changes have been applied to the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible’s mechanicals to improve not only power output, but fuel efficiency and driveability.

The most obvious changes are external. BMW’s signature kidney grille has been widened and lowered sitting between reshaped headlamps, which now feature new LED-illuminated daytime running lights.

The front and rear bumpers have been fully redesigned, and the side skirts are reworked. The bonnet has been altered to accommodate the new headlights and grille design but all other sheetmetal is unchanged. With the exception of the wing mirrors, that feature new casings.

Three new colours will feature in the 3 Series palette when the facelifted models arrive later this year. A new red, white and blue.

The interior of the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible is virtually identical in layout to the current models, however there are some small changes.

Steering wheel shapes have been tweaked for the 2011 car, and models fitted steering wheel-mounted paddles now feature a more mainstream left/upshift, right/downshift  F1 layout.

The shifter for automatic transmission-equipped models has also been swapped for BMW’s new electronic shifter design.

Leather upholstery is standard, and Dark Burl Walnut veneer is the default trim. Bamboo Anthracite, Light Burl Walnut and aluminium trim can be optioned, and the leather upholstery can be had in six colours if the Dakota Leather option is preferred.

For the convertible, the leather upholstery also features a special light-reflecting coating which reduces the amount of heat absorbed by the seats when exposed to sunlight.

By cutting the heat absorption characteristics of the upholstery, cabin temperatures can be kept cooler and passenger comfort increased. BMW’s special treatment also achieves this without affecting the appearance of the leather

BMW’s updated iDrive system will continue in its current form, and BMW’s new ConnectedDrive in-car internet system will likely be available as an option.

There two confirmed changes to the engine list. The current twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre straight six that powers the 335i has been replaced by the new N55 3.0 litre six, which shares its bottom end architecture with the current motor but features a new head design and a single turbo.

The new turbocharged six develops 223kW thanks to BMW’s throttle-less Valvetronic valve actuation system, direct injection and the single twin-scroll turbocharger. Although the N55 is 2kW down on the current engine, torque peaks at 407Nm – 7Nm more than now replaced motor.

The naturally-aspirated 30-litre N52  is based on similar architecture to the N55, however due to its lack of forced induction it puts out ‘only’ 171kW and 271Nm.

The 2011 BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible range is expected to arrive in NZ in mid-2010. Pricing, model information and exact specification should be announced closer to the model’s local launch.

BMW 3-Series Coupe Cabrio 2011 fq1

BMW has unveiled its upcoming facelifted 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, which will begin to land in BMW showrooms worldwide towards the middle of 2010.
More than a cosmetic upgrade a bunch of under metal changes have been applied to the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible’s mechanicals to improve not only power output, but fuel efficiency and driveability.
The most obvious changes are external. BMW’s signature kidney grille has been widened and lowered sitting between reshaped headlamps, which now feature new LED-illuminated daytime running lights.
The front and rear bumpers have been fully redesigned, and the side skirts are reworked. The bonnet has been altered to accommodate the new headlights and grille design but all other sheetmetal is unchanged. With the exception of the wing mirrors, that feature new casings.
Three new colours will feature in the 3 Series palette when the facelifted models arrive later this year. A new red, white and blue.
The interior of the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible is virtually identical in layout to the current models, however there are some small changes.
Steering wheel shapes have been tweaked for the 2011 car, and models fitted steering wheel-mounted paddles now feature a more mainstream left/upshift, right/downshift  F1 layout.
The shifter for automatic transmission-equipped models has also been swapped for BMW’s new electronic shifter design.
Leather upholstery is standard, and Dark Burl Walnut veneer is the default trim. Bamboo Anthracite, Light Burl Walnut and aluminium trim can be optioned, and the leather upholstery can be had in six colours if the Dakota Leather option is preferred.
For the convertible, the leather upholstery also features a special light-reflecting coating which reduces the amount of heat absorbed by the seats when exposed to sunlight.
By cutting the heat absorption characteristics of the upholstery, cabin temperatures can be kept cooler and passenger comfort increased. BMW’s special treatment also achieves this without affecting the appearance of the leather
BMW’s updated iDrive system will continue in its current form, and BMW’s new ConnectedDrive in-car internet system will likely be available as an option.
There two confirmed changes to the engine list. The current twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre straight six that powers the 335i has been replaced by the new N55 3.0 litre six, which shares its bottom end architecture with the current motor but features a new head design and a single turbo.
The new turbocharged six develops 223kW thanks to BMW’s throttle-less Valvetronic valve actuation system, direct injection and the single twin-scroll turbocharger. Although the N55 is 2kW down on the current engine, torque peaks at 407Nm – 7Nm more than now replaced motor.
The naturally-aspirated 30-litre N52  is based on similar architecture to the N55, however due to its lack of forced induction it puts out ‘only’ 171kW and 271Nm.
The 2011 BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible range is expected to arrive in NZ in mid-2010. Pricing, model information and exact specification should be announced closer to the model’s local launch.

BMW has unveiled its upcoming facelifted 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, which will begin to land in BMW showrooms worldwide towards the middle of 2010.

More than a cosmetic upgrade a bunch of under metal changes have been applied to the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible’s mechanicals to improve not only power output, but fuel efficiency and driveability.

The most obvious changes are external. BMW’s signature kidney grille has been widened and lowered sitting between reshaped headlamps, which now feature new LED-illuminated daytime running lights.

The front and rear bumpers have been fully redesigned, and the side skirts are reworked. The bonnet has been altered to accommodate the new headlights and grille design but all other sheetmetal is unchanged. With the exception of the wing mirrors, that feature new casings.

Three new colours will feature in the 3 Series palette when the facelifted models arrive later this year. A new red, white and blue.

The interior of the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible is virtually identical in layout to the current models, however there are some small changes.

Steering wheel shapes have been tweaked for the 2011 car, and models fitted steering wheel-mounted paddles now feature a more mainstream left/upshift, right/downshift  F1 layout.

The shifter for automatic transmission-equipped models has also been swapped for BMW’s new electronic shifter design.

Leather upholstery is standard, and Dark Burl Walnut veneer is the default trim. Bamboo Anthracite, Light Burl Walnut and aluminium trim can be optioned, and the leather upholstery can be had in six colours if the Dakota Leather option is preferred.

For the convertible, the leather upholstery also features a special light-reflecting coating which reduces the amount of heat absorbed by the seats when exposed to sunlight.

By cutting the heat absorption characteristics of the upholstery, cabin temperatures can be kept cooler and passenger comfort increased. BMW’s special treatment also achieves this without affecting the appearance of the leather

BMW’s updated iDrive system will continue in its current form, and BMW’s new ConnectedDrive in-car internet system will likely be available as an option.

There two confirmed changes to the engine list. The current twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre straight six that powers the 335i has been replaced by the new N55 3.0 litre six, which shares its bottom end architecture with the current motor but features a new head design and a single turbo.

The new turbocharged six develops 223kW thanks to BMW’s throttle-less Valvetronic valve actuation system, direct injection and the single twin-scroll turbocharger. Although the N55 is 2kW down on the current engine, torque peaks at 407Nm – 7Nm more than now replaced motor.

The naturally-aspirated 30-litre N52  is based on similar architecture to the N55, however due to its lack of forced induction it puts out ‘only’ 171kW and 271Nm.

The 2011 BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible range is expected to arrive in NZ in mid-2010. Pricing, model information and exact specification should be announced closer to the model’s local launch.

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