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Design for the 3-Series has evolved steadily, albeit gradually, as you look at its profile and up-close design details over time. And while it's already been two years since the current F30 versions of the 3-Series sedan replaced the former E90 sedans, 2014 marks a turning point for the 3-Series for two reasons: the breakaway of Coupe and Convertibles into the new 4-Series designation, and the introduction of an all-new 3-Series Gran Turismo hatchback.
In the current 3-Series sedans, the roofline looks longer, lower, and a little swoopier without looking impractical. The look is definitely more dynamic than that of its predecessor, with a rising beltline that cuts through the sheetmetal alongside the doors and helps visually lower the hoodline. Relatively level doors, lower doorlines, and a little more window space altogether help push the 'weight' of the car visually downward (and arguably make it look a bit wider). Compared to the high-beltline sport-sedan designs of the past decade, it's a refreshing direction.
With the current-generation (F30) 3-Series, BMW mads some major technology and engineering advances that boosted safety and fuel-efficiency, all without muddling the sharp behind-the-wheel character of this model. The Sports Wagon model fully lives up to those long-held standards for handling and dynamics, although the new Gran Turismo is still confident and responsive, albeit a little softer and more comfort-oriented.
The 2014 BMW 3-Series an all-turbocharged lineup (and it gets confusing as the model numbers no longer correspond to engine size). BMW 320i and 328i both come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the 335i gets the latest N55 version of BMW’s 3.0-liter in-line six. In the 320i, the four makes 180 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, while in the 328i it makes 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Step up to the turbo six in the 335i and you get 300 hp and 300 lb-ft.
At about 183 inches long—a few inches longer than the previous version—the 3-Series sedan is still very much compact by U.S. standards. With last year's redesign, the 3-Series got a couple of extra inches of length and wheelbase, with most of that About two inches of that going to extra legroom in back.
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