BMW’s 2009 3-Series Gets a Diesel
MUNICH, GERMANY – For 2009, BMW made a few changes to the entry-level 3-Series, both inside and
out. Also, a new diesel engine will make its way into the lineup. Designers
reworked the front bumper to include larger air intakes, and the headlights
have been revised. The hood features two new character lines, and in the back,
the bumper, taillights (now LED-equipped) and part of the trunk lid have been
restyled, making the vehicle look sharper and closer to the ground, according
the 2009 BMW 3-Series, there are new chrome inserts, a larger
console-integrated storage compartment, and the subtly-redesigned armrests. The
iDrive multimedia interface has also been upgraded, featuring a nine-inch
liquid crystal display with improved resolution and a smaller control.
navigation system includes a new 80 Gig hard drive, allowing music lovers to
store audio files from a CD, an MP3 player, or a USB flash drive. On the safety
front, active head restraints will now be standard across the line.
news for 2009 is the addition of a diesel-powered variant called 335d. Under
its hood is a 3.0L, inline six-cylinder engine mated to a pair of
turbochargers. When running on diesel fuel, it produces 265 horsepower and at 425 lb.-ft. of torque. In Canada,
the 335d will initially be available as a sedan only.
market introduction of the 2009 BMW 3-Series is scheduled for this fall. So
far, no prices have been announced by the German automaker.