BMW M340i revealed, Australian debut due late next year

Isaac Cain
November 14, 2018

For the American market, the 3.0-liter turbo under the hood of this vehicle is being rated at 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. xDrive is available but not fitted as standard, and when equipped, this sedan model will reach 60 miles per hour in 4.2 seconds, so it's pretty much matching the old M3. To debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month, the BMW M340i xDrive sits above the 330i and is good for 0-100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds - that's supercar territory not too long ago. The market launch will commence in the US in July 2019, followed by Europe in July.

Following its debut at the LA Motor Show, the M340i will only go on sale in the global market by July 2019.

This is the seventh-generation 3-Series, on sale next summer.

The new M340i is the most powerful 3 Series till date. This is a newly developed engine and it features an aluminium crankcase and an aluminium cylinder head.

One does not shell out for a six-pot (remember when they used to be a standard feature?) just for the speed though, and Munich is promising the "characteristic sound" of the straight-six with the M40i, which gets M Sport exhaust as standard. In addition to a vehicle lowering by 10mm, the standard M Sport suspension of the BMW M340i xDrive Sedan comprises M specific elastokinematics and the new lift-related damper control function.

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Torque distribution between the front and rear axles is fully variable, but the system does have a rearward bias which is particularly prominent when the driver has selected either the Sport or Sport+ driver experience control mode. Other standard features include beefier M Sport brakes and Variable Sport steering, which adjusts to changes in the steering angle for better maneuverability.

The M340i also looks the part with its cosmetic updates.

"You can also opt for 19-inch alloys (in two designs and with mixed tyres) if the standard 18" wheels don't fit the bill. The Adaptive M suspension is available as an optional extra. The design of the front apron, the side sills and the rear end, optimise both the cooling air supply and aerodynamics.

As you'll see in these new images, the 2020 BMW M340i distinguishes itself with a special mesh grille. Furthermore, the front bumpers get an aggressive chiselled look and distinct Cerium Grey metallic trim finishes which are seen all around the auto.

Inside, the sporty 3 comes with sports seats with M-specific upholstery in Sensatec/Alcantara, black roof lining, M leather-wrapped steering wheel with shift paddles, and cabin trim strips in Aluminium Tetragon. The digital instrument cluster bears the lettering "M340i".

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