2012 BMW 328i xDrive Sedan Review Hot
Besides an all-new design that makes the car slightly larger, the redesigned 2013 BMW 3 Series makes news with the addition of a four-cylinder powertrain and a hybrid system. Other fuel-efficiency measures include a lighter curb weight, smarter automatic transmission and auto start-stop and regenerative braking technology. Despite the new green emphasis, BMW promises that the new 3 Series will be faster and handle better than the outgoing model.
The new 240-horsepower inline-four comes standard on the 328i — the same engine has already shown up on the BMW 5 Series and Z4. BMW says the new engine will be powerful — it makes 10 more hp compared with the outgoing I-6 — and will propel the 328i from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph, and 155 mph with the Sport Line trim.
The 328i also features an auto start-stop system and regenerative braking with either a six-speed manual transmission or a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The eight-speed is the first of its kind for a compact luxury sedan, BMW says. The automaker will release fuel economy figures closer to the launch of the 3 Series early next year.
The 335i twin-turbocharged inline-six carries over, now producing 300 hp. Probably the most exciting news is the addition of the ActiveHybrid 3 model, which features the same hybrid powertrain found on the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5. The automaker is quoting a near-37 mpg figure in combined European fuel consumption testing (adjusted to U.S. measurements). That would easily put the ActiveHybrid 3 among the top fuel misers here. Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (335i xDrive and 328i xDrive) are available.