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New 2024 BMW 3 Series (G20) second facelift debuts; Bigger PHEV battery, 11 kW AC charging, OS 8.5

Arvind · May 29, 2024 12:00 PM

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The (G20) BMW 3 Series has just received its second mid-lifecycle update for 2024, building on the revisions made in 2022, this update introduces significant enhancements in technology, chassis design, and connectivity.

The most notable changes for the 2024 3 Series are found in the powertrains. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) 330e variants (sedan and Touring) now feature a fifth-generation BMW eDrive battery which increases the usable energy to 19.5 kWh, up from 12 kWh previously.

Also read: 2023 BMW 3 Series (G20) LCI launched in Malaysia; priced from RM 284k to RM 317k

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The bigger battery significantly increases the electric range to up to 101 km on the WLTP cycle. Additionally, these models are equipped with a new charging unit that supports three-phase AC charging at up to 11 kW (up from 3.7 kW) allowing a full recharge from empty in just 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Including the 330e, there are 5 petrol variants offered, in rear-wheel or all-wheel drive (xDrive) configurations depending on the market. Summarised as follows:

  • BMW 318i: 156 PS and 250 Nm
  • BMW 320i (xDrive available): 184 PS and 300 Nm
  • BMW 330i xDrive: 245 PS and 400 Nm
  • BMW 330e (xDrive available): Combined 292 PS and 420 Nm
  • BMW M340i xDrive Sedan: 374 PS and 500 Nm

Also read: Review: 2023 BMW 330i M Sport (G20) - In the era of connectivity, this reminds you of driving

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Separately there are 4 diesel variants – namely the 318d, 320d, 330d and M340d – with power ranging between 150 PS/320 Nm to the latter’s 340 PS/700 Nm. There are also 9 Touring variants mirroring the sedans across petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains.

All engines in the 2024 3 Series are paired with an 8-speed (ZF) Steptronic transmission as standard.

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The 2024 3 Series features comprehensive chassis upgrades aimed at improving ride comfort and dynamic handling. The rear dampers now have stiffer mounting connections to the body, which enhances precision, stability and refinement. 

The force needed to turn the steering wheel in Comfort mode has been reduced, and options such as M Sport suspension and adaptive M suspension are available for more enthusiastic drivers.

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Exterior design updates are minimal but include two new paint finishes: Arctic Race Blue and Fire Red metallic. The 2024 3 Series also features new 19-inch light-alloy wheels as part of the M Sport package and in the BMW Individual range.

A mesh-design BMW kidney grille, exclusive 18-inch M light-alloy wheels and trapezoidal exhaust tailpipe trim are also available with the new ‘M Sport package Pro’.

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Inside, key updates include a new sports leather steering wheel with a polygonal rim in a two-spoke design. The cabin also features 3-zone automatic climate control as standard, which can be operated digitally via touch or natural language commands.

There is also new interior lighting system with a cascading effect integrated into the trim around the central vents, as well as new sports seats, hemmed in the M Performtex material. The M Sport package brings a new M leather steering wheel with three spokes, a flat-bottomed rim, and a centre marking at the 12 o'clock position.

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In terms of tech updates, like the recently unveiled BWM i4 and 4 Series LCI models, the 2024 3 Series also gets the latest BMW iDrive system with QuickSelect and the new BMW Curved Display which is based on the BMW Operating System 8.5.

Other connectivity upgrades include a personal eSIM slot, support for 5G mobile communications, and integrated digital payment options depending on the market.

Also read: Facelift 2024 BMW 4 Series and i4 Gran Coupe (LCI) revealed - sleeker looks, new i4 variant

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The new 2024 3 Series Sedan and Touring will begin production in July 2024. Main production plants include the BMW Group Plant Munich (Germany) and Plant San Luis Potosí (Mexico), with the Chinese market receiving models produced by BMW Brilliance Automotive in Shenyang. Sales will begin shortly after and be progressively introduced to markets worldwide.

The current (G20) BMW 3 Series lineup in Malaysia consists of the 320i, 330i, 330e and 330Li all offered with the M Sport trim package. Prices inclusive of the 5-year Extended Warranty and Service package are:

  • BMW 320i M Sport: RM 292,000
  • BMW 330e M Sport: RM 303,800
  • BMW 330i M Sport: RM 328,000
  • BMW 330Li (LWB) M Sport: RM 334,000

Arvind

Senior Writer

Arvind can't remember a time when he didn't wheel around a HotWheels car. This love evolved into an interest in Tamiya and RC cars and finally the real deal 1:1 scale stuff. Passion finally lead to formal training in Mechanical Engineering. Instead of the bigger picture, he obsesses with the final drive ratio and spring rates of cars and spends the weekends wondering why a Perodua Myvi is so fast.

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