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BMW’s 2009 3-Series Gets a Diesel

July 21, 2008

MUNICH, GERMANY – For 2009, BMW made a few changes to the entry-level 3-Series, both inside andout. Also, a new diesel engine will make its way into the lineup. Designersreworked the front bumper to include larger air intakes, and the headlightshave 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 beenrestyled, making the vehicle look sharper and closer to the ground, accordingto www.auto123.com.

Insidethe 2009 BMW 3-Series, there are new chrome inserts, a largerconsole-integrated storage compartment, and the subtly-redesigned armrests. TheiDrive multimedia interface has also been upgraded, featuring a nine-inchliquid crystal display with improved resolution and a smaller control.

Thenavigation system includes a new 80 Gig hard drive, allowing music lovers tostore audio files from a CD, an MP3 player, or a USB flash drive. On the safetyfront, active head restraints will now be standard across the line.

The bignews for 2009 is the addition of a diesel-powered variant called 335d. Underits hood is a 3.0L, inline six-cylinder engine mated to a pair ofturbochargers. 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.

Themarket introduction of the 2009 BMW 3-Series is scheduled for this fall. Sofar, no prices have been announced by the German automaker.

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