Revealed: 2013 BMW 320i - Detroit 2013
Resurrecting a classic 3-Series model designation at a buyer-friendly price, the 2013 BMW 320i Sedan made its debut in Detroit. This latest addition to the automaker's best-selling vehicle line goes on sale in late spring starting at $33,445 -- $2,300 less than the current entry-level 2013 328i Sedan. This new 3 Series also will be available in all-wheel-drive form as the 320i xDrive Sedan that opens at $35,445.
All versions of the new BMW 320i will be fitted with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder with the automaker's integrated Auto Start-Stop function. It makes 180-horsepower at 5,000 rpm but develops a healthy 200 lb-ft of peak torque from 1,250-4,500 revs, sufficient twist to ensure the 320i is capable of holding its own in daily stoplight-to-stoplight sprints. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models, but buyers who choose a rear-drive 320i can opt for the more engaging 6-speed manual at no extra cost. BMW is projecting that 0-60 mph sprints with either gearbox will require just 7.1 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph. While formal EPA figures have yet to be released, the preliminary stats call for city/highway marks of 22/34 mpg on an autoshifted 320i and 23/33 mpg numbers on the 320i xDrive.
In addition to a generous standards roster that includes things like leatherette upholstery and Bluetooth connectivity, the new 320i Sedan will offer most of the same options available on its 328i and 335i siblings -- including Connected Drive, BMW navigation/BMW Apps, full Dakota Leather upholstery, xenon adaptive headlamps and a power moonroof. The extras list also includes a 320i Sport Package that brings an M sport suspension, M steering wheel and sport seats, anthracite headliner and 18-inch light-alloy wheels with summer tires that also net a reset of the car's max velocity to 155 mph. Buyers with a bit less need for speed can also opt for the 130-mph all-season tires in place of the performance rubber, a fitment that's included in the 320i xDrive's Sport Package. Other equipment groups on offer include the Cold Weather Package, Premium Package, Driver Assistance Package, and Lighting Package.
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