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BMW Unveils All-New 3 Series and Z4 Roadster in the Philippines

Both Bimmers are packed with mouthwatering new features.
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BMW Philippines pulled the curtains back on not one but two new vehicles at a launch event in Makati recently. The all-new 3 Series is the seventh generation of the popular sports sedan, while the all-new Z4 roadster is in its third iteration.

New 3 Series

Over 15 million units of the 3 Series have been sold since it was first introduced in the mid-70s, according to BMW. The newly launched version--perfect for mid-level executives or breakout entrepreneurs--benefits from some slight improvements compared to its predecessors: it’s 76 millimeters longer (at 4,709 mm), 16 millimeters wider (1,827 mm) and one mm taller (1,435 millimeters). Depending on the model variant and equipment fitted, the new 3 Series weighs up to 55 kilograms less than the previous model. 

Under the hood, the BMW 330i’s engine boasts numerous detail upgrades. The two-liter, four-cylinder unit delivers a maximum output of 258 hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm.

Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.
Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.

Inside, BMW’s new design language is apparent in the all-new 3 Series. There’s an overall feeling of spaciousness created by the new screen grouping of Control Display and instrument cluster, the tall center console and the coordinated design of the light, modern instrument panel and door panel trim. In the center of the instrument panel, the displays and buttons for the air conditioning and the air vents form a sharply designed unit, while the light functions are operated from a panel of buttons next to the steering wheel.

Of course, the large BMW kidney grille exterior dominates the exterior, along with full-LED headlights with extended contents that come standard. Both the LED front fog lights and the Air Curtains are integrated into the outer air intakes. Horizontal lines and slim, stylishly darkened LED lights give the rear a wide and muscular stance.

Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.
Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.

New Z4

Right next to the striking white 3 Series at the launch was the Z4 roadster in gleaming black sapphire. BMW says the new Z4 combines its pure sporting pedigree with highly advanced, top-class equipment features on the driver assistance, operation and connectivity fronts.

The all-new BMW Z4 is 85 millimeters longer than its predecessor (at 4,324 millimetres), 74 millimetres wider (now 1,864 millimeters) and 13 millimeters taller (1,304 millimeters). The wheelbase was shortened by 26 millimeters to 2,470 millimeters to sharpen agility.

The new Z4 runs on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a maximum output of 197 hp developed by the all-new BMW Z4 sDrive20i between 4,500 and 6,500 rpm and peak torque of 320 Nm. Zero to 100kph is achieved in 6.6 seconds.

Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.
Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.
Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.
Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.

Meanwhile, the roadster’s M Performance version—the Z4 M40i—has a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine that improves efficiency and reduces emissions. The maximum output of 340 hp is reached between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, plus 500 Nm of peak torque. It can zoom from zero to 100 kph in a blindingly fast 4.5 seconds.

Additional features include two-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting,

Harman Kardon surround sound system, complete with with digital amplifier and 12 speakers. There’s a large storage space behind the seats with a retaining net, large cupholders under the center armrest cover as well as roomy door pockets.

Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.
Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.
Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.
Photo by COURTESY OF BMW.

Finally, the BMW Head-Up Display, which comes standard BMW Z4 M40i projects driving-related information onto the windscreen and straight into the driver’s field of view, is available on a roadster for the first time. The system shows the driver the car’s speed in figures, along with route guidance instructions and lane recommendations from the navigation system, Check Control messages, and in-car entertainment details, such as the radio station or track title.

The Z4 has tons of other features, which you’ll have to check out for yourself if you’re in the market for a genuine roadster for those weekend leisure drives.

The all-new BMW 3 Series (330i M Sport variant) is priced at P4.59 million, the BMW Z4 sDrive20i at P3.99 million and the BMW Z4 M40i at P5.79 million.

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