A month after presenting the seventh generation of its Series 3 sedan, BMW unveils its first sports variant, 2020 BMW M340i xDrive. It has a six-cylinder in-line 374 hp.
During its recent presentation at the Paris Motor Show, the new BMW 3 Series had only four-cylinder engines under its hood, in diesel as in gasoline. It would have been feared that the best-selling Bavarian no longer entitled to the famous six-cylinder blocks online, apart from the very sporty M3.
But that the fans of the brand are reassured, BMW today unveils a new version M340i xDrive, strong of 374 hp taken from a six-cylinder 3.0 turbo. As its name implies, this 2020 BMW M340i is necessarily associated with the xDrive all-wheel drive, as the eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission is imposed.
2020 BMW M340i xDrive Changes
The change from its predecessor is not limited to a small “M” and 48 hp more. The car inaugurates a brand new version of its six-cylinder three-liter, whose injection and supercharging have been redesigned while the all-wheel drive and automatic transmission become mandatory. BMW fans who swear by the propulsion and manual transmission (we know) will be for their expense. We could try this model in preview on the circuit of Portimao, in Portugal, very technical and undulating, well before the launch which will take place in summer 2019. That’s why our model of test in configuration American was still wearing a slight camouflage.
2020 BMW M340i Performance
All this arsenal associated with the generous torque of 500 Nm, allows the Series 3 to display good performance, with a 0 to 100 km / h shot in 4.4 s. The competitor Audi S4, whose V6 3.0 turbo develops 20 hp less (354 hp) is thus left behind three tenths (4.7 s), while the old M3 431 hp is almost caught (4.1 s with the DKG box). That promises for the future M3!
The M340i has more than a few technical refinements, such as a specific suspension M, a differential M Sport, or an optimized braking system. Visually, only a few subtle details distinguish the M340i from the other 3 Series, such as 18-inch M wheels, whose gray color is taken from the grille or the mirrors hulls.
Just like the Mercedes C43 and Audi S4, 2020 the BMW M340i offers the All-Wheel Drive, but unlike the Competitor, the AWD BMW is optional. no matter how many wheels are moving, the only transmission available is 8 speeds
and automatic. The BMW M430i with xDrive will be able to reach 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, while the maximum speed is 155mph.
Interior & Equipment
The cabins of the new 2020 BMW M340i and M340i xDrive Sedans are designed to offer a modern space with a focus on driving enjoyment. The driver, the front passenger and those traveling in the three rear seats will appreciate the extra space over the predecessor, not just on long-distance journeys but in everyday driving. Higher quality materials, precise build quality, and numerous meticulously crafted details set the tone for the refined premium character of the four-door sedan.
The standard sports seats provide excellent lateral support and have an even greater range of adjustment. Premium Vernasca leather seats with contrast stitching and piping are available as an option. The Anthracite BMW Individual roof liner, the M leather steering wheel with shift paddles and interior trim strips in Aluminum Tetragon provide a performance-oriented ambiance.
Shoulder room in the front of the cabin has increased while passengers in the rear benefit from more legroom, and all occupants now enjoy more headroom than in the new BMW 3 Series Sedan’s predecessor. Seating comfort in the rear has been improved significantly, and long journeys are now a more comfortable experience for the passenger in the middle of the three rear seats.
Getting in and out of the car is now easier for the rear passengers in the new car, as the modified roof edge and side skirt contouring have increased the height of the door aperture, while the distance between the front and rear seats has been extended by 0.4 inches. The rear compartment can accommodate a row of three child seats, two of which can be locked into place using ISOFIX anchor points. This is now an easier process, as the bars in question are positioned further to either side.
2020 BMW M340i xDrive Price
At the time of writing, the prices of the 2020 BMW M340i xDrive are not known. It should not be guessed however to predict high inflation compared to fire the 340i F30 which was still available in simple propulsion and manual gearbox. The new will also be delivered automatically with 18-inch wheels. Our model of test received him the optional 19 inches which were paved with excellent tires Michelin Pilot Sport 4. Finally, there will not be anymore the choice between the completions since the car will automatically be delivered in version M Performance.
It is, therefore, reasonable to expect a price increase of at least € 20,000 compared to the previous BMW 340i Lounge of 326 hp, charged € 49,700, even if it was flowing very little in this finish. ‘access. It will be necessary to add an amount of ecological penalty 2019 of 5 340 €, down compared to the current model, since BMW announces an identical emission figure of 172 g / km of CO 2.
2020 BMW M340i Release Date
The new BMW M340i xDrive gets its first crowd-pleas for the Los Angeles show, which opens on November 30th. However, it will be necessary to wait until July 2019 for it to enter the market. and the pricing will be announced at a later date.
The M340i will not be alone on the track when it arrives next summer. It will face the Mercedes C-Class C 43 AMG, more powerful and probably more expensive with its 390 hp V6 and its price of € 71,699. It also adopts all-wheel drive, just like the Audi S4, which also uses a V6, 354 hp. Its price is very close to that of the Mercedes to 71 930 €.
The Jaguar XE and the Alfa Romeo Giulia do not offer an equivalent version, the first not offering a multicylinder and the second reserving the QV. On the other hand, Volvo will propose next year a rechargeable T6 hybrid version of its S60 sedan with the power of 340 hp very close to that of the BMW. It is also rumored that Peugeot is preparing a GT hybrid version of more than 300 hp of its 508 Read Peugeot 508 Hybrid: two sports versions under study, but a BMW 3 Series hybrid probably more comparable is also in preparation.
On The Road
As we have said, BMW automatically equips its 2020 BMW M340i xDrive with an all-wheel drive. This, however, retains a predominance of propulsion, further amplified by the series mounting of a mechanical limited slip differential with electronic management. This offers a variable locking level depending on the grip, which gives the car a more directional curve. Added to our test model damping piloted M. We were able to put to the test these novelties on the circuit, in rather difficult conditions, the track of Portimao alternating the day of our test dry and wet zones, enough to appreciate fifty grades of tire adhesion.
We know that the track event is not always convincing a series car: a good car can make a bad road car and vice versa. In this case, the M340i has done rather well from the event thanks to an excellent balance of masses. Without being radical, it never made us feel its mass, if not braking which can be quickly overcome in these conditions. Rather linear, the six-cylinder distills its beautiful tone of voice usual. We were able to try several modes of the stability control system. In Sport, it allows drift quite consistent, perfectly predictable elsewhere in the wet. The level of performance is sufficient so that the car is never in power deficit on the circuit, which is saying a lot. Finally, as far as we could judge on the smooth bitumen of this route, the level of comfort remains perfectly honorable. Of course, we will have to confirm these impressions on the road, where automatic and full transmissions are more meaningful.
Of course, we remain inconsolable to see the six cylinders become permanently inaccessible to ordinary mortals. A finding that should not overshadow the qualities of the 2020 BMW M340i xDrive, which remain to be confirmed on the road. Very balanced, powerful and very easy to handle, she asserts herself as a sportswoman to do everything, as versatile as an Audi S4 while showing more talent for drifting on the circuit. The tough sportsman will certainly be a little frustrated with the all-wheel drive and automatic transmission both mandatory. But for a price probably equivalent, it still has the M2 competition, which retains the attributes of an old-fashioned BMW, turbo apart.