BMW iX3 and two new 3 Series variants premiere at Geneva Motor Show

The 2020 Geneva Motor Show is a big showcase for BMW as they plan to unveil the all-electric iX3 and world premiere the BMW M340d xDrive Sedan and BMW M340d Touring.

By the end of 2021, BMW aims to have more than one million vehicles with electrified drive systems on the road. BMW plans to expand its range to include 25 electrified models by 2023, more than half of which will run on electric power alone.

Up for display at Geneva Motor Show is the all-electric BMW iX3. BMW stated that the iX3 is scheduled to begin production before the end of 2020. Thereafter, the BMW i4 and BMW iNEXT in 2021. Using the catchphrase “Power of Choice”, the BMW iX3 will offered in four options: gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid and electric.

BMW 3 Series new premieres: BMW M340d xDrive Sedan and M340d xDrive Touring

At 2019 Geneva Motor Show the BMW 330e Touring and 330e xDrive Touring debuted, this time around the 3 Series again has world premieres, BMW M340d xDrive Sedan and BMW M340d xDrive Touring. Both M340d feature an in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 250 kW/340 hp and a mild hybrid system featuring a 48-volt starter generator. With the above variants, the 3 Series line-up now has nine variants in total: four petrol engines, four diesel engines and one plug-in hybrid drive.

The unmistakable characteristics of New BMW M340d xDrive Sedan and BMW M340d xDrive Touring derive primarily from a 3.0-liter in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine and mild hybrid technology with a 48-volt starter generator. The newly developed diesel drive delivers a peak output of 250 kW/340 hp and a maximum torque of 700 Nm. Its impressive pulling power is complemented with particularly spontaneous power delivery: this is taken care of by an electrical overboost that is generated by the 48-volt starter generator. The resulting additional output of 8 kW/11 hp supports power delivery in dynamic driving situations. In addition, the starter generator also supports the combustion engine during continuous driving. This allows the diesel engine to run as much as possible in an efficiency-optimized load range so as to reduce consumption peaks.

The BMW M340d xDrive Sedan takes 4.6 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h, while the M340d xDrive Touring completes the sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Coupled with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, M Sports suspension and all-wheel drive, the two M cars have dynamic and spirited drive. An M sports suspension including variable sports steering and an M sports brake system come as standard, as does the M sports differential.

Izzat Shaharel
Being an adrenaline junkie, Izzat has always had a passion for cars. From a compact to a supercar, he doesn't discriminate and judges based on merits. Being in the automotive industry for the past few years, he's an aspiring automotive journalist and has been making Youtube videos since May 2019.

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