Continuing its recent run of model year changes, the 2018 BMW 3 Series sedan and wagon pricing and specifications have been announced ahead of the car’s local arrival in November. The 2018 model year updates will likely be the last update to the F30 3 Series before an all-new model arrives over the next 18 months.
The update focuses on added equipment levels and some styling changes, with pricing across the range raising by a minimum of $800 to $57,300 plus on-road costs. Headlining the changes are small interior trim changes, and the availability of BMW’s latest iDrive 6 infotainment system.
“Since its 1975 debut, the BMW 3 Series has stood for premium sporting dynamics in its segment,” said BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner.
“These updates bring a fresh new look, with added comfort, sophistication and technology while still retaining the performance and dynamics that are a hallmark of the 3 Series range,” he said.
Most noticeable with the 2018 update of the 3 Series is a new colour that also debuted on the 1 and 2 Series, Sunset Orange. As before, Sport Line is standard equipment for the 318i, 320i, 330i and 330e iPerformance and now includes a no-cost option for 18-inch alloy wheels with Jet Black inserts. Based on customer feedback, the previously-standard sport steering set-up for 340i models has been relocated to the options list.
Those opting for the 340i can choose between Luxury Line or the M Sport Package at no extra cost. Both Luxury Line and M Sport Packages are optionally available across the rest of the range, with Luxury Line at no-cost for 330i and 330e variants.
Headlining the changes to the interior is the addition of the latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, in 6.5-inch form on 318i, 320i and 320d models and larger 8.8 touchscreen form on 330i, 330e iPerformance and 340i models. There are also newly available interior trim choices as well, including a double-stitched instrument panel, a new Cognac tan Dakota leather upholstery choice, and M Sport package-equipped cars are now available with a dark aluminium carbon trim insert.
BMW has also updated the options list, with a new Innovations Package available. Choosing it on the 318i earns you the larger navigation system, BMW’s parking assistant system, extended smartphone connectivity and a digital driver’s display. Choosing it on a 320i and 320d also earns you adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, and with a 330i or 330e the upgraded navigation system is already standard equipment.
The updated BMW 3 Series range will land in Australian showrooms in November of this year and are available to order now.
2018 BMW 3 Series pricing (plus on-road costs):
318i – $57,300 (+$800)
320i – $63,400 (+$900)
320d – $65,800 (+$900)
330i – $70,900 ($1000)
330e iPerformance – $73,900 (+$1000)
340i – $91,200 (+$1300)
320i – $67,500 (+$2000)
330i – $75,000 (+$1100)
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