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BMW expands the M3 sedan line for 2020 with semi-automatic driving functions


BMW is releasing the product line of the best-selling car model, re-running the version of the redesigned 3-Series version.

The M Performance 3-Series sedan, M340i and M340i xDrive will make its debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show. The prices will be announced at the exhibition at the end of this month.

The new models to be launched in July are between the high-end M3 and the standard 3 series.

Series 3 is the key to BMW's warehouse as the most popular model of the brand's car; in the United States is only unsold by crossover X3. In six generations, the series 3 was recognized as the best-selling premium car in the world and its sales exceeded 15 million.

With new people such as Genesis G70 and Kia Stinger entering the territory of the BMW, the 3 series must present everything that BMW has to offer – said Sam Fiorani, vice president of AutoForecast Solutions.

"As the halo of the new 3 Series, the M340i presents everything that BMW represents," said Fiorani. "Luxury and performance in an attractive package with the added advantage of all-wheel drive, which will increase the attractiveness of the model, especially on the northern markets."

Power player

The new BMW M340i and M340i xDrive 2020 are equipped with an updated 3.0-liter six-cylinder inline engine, M Performance tuning, optional smart xDrive and standard M Sport differential. The updated engine produces 382 hp, and the awd variant can operate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

Maintaining such a high power as the M340i generates a connection to the ground requires special attention. The BMW xDrive awd system improves traction and accelerates the operation of the new model.

Offering the M340i in two versions, drivers can choose whether they want to reduce the weight of the rear-wheel drive version, or add awd grip.

Both variants are equipped with the eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission, which is equipped with a new hydraulic steering system and shorter gear ratios for a better response and acceleration, BMW said.

BMW M340i vs. BMW M3 40i xDrive

M340i M340i xDrive
Length 185.7 185.7
Width 71.9 inches. 71.9 inches.
Height 56.8 inches. 56.8 inches.
Width w / mirror 81.4 " 81.4 "
Wheelbase 112.2 inches. 112.2 inches.
Engine: Inline 6 Inline 6
Horsepower 382 hp 382 hp
0-60 mph TBD 4.2 s
Maximum speed: 155 mph 155 mph

The network controlling the transmission with the navigation system, enabling the planned route to be taken into account. The navigation data is used to lower the gear earlier, for example when the car approaches an intersection. Similarly, an intelligent controller is able to avoid unnecessary gear changes when negotiating fast corners.

BMW M340i and M340i xDrive 2020 limousines offer a range of sensors and technologies that reduce stress while driving.

The optional Driving Assistant Professional package includes a semiautonomous chassis that allows hands-free driving and pedal travel on restricted access roads and at speeds lower than 37 mph.

The system, which debuted this year in the redesigned X5 crossover, uses an optical camera in the cabin to meet the critical challenges of semi-autonomous driving systems – ensuring drivers pay attention to the road. The camera mounted in the instrument cluster checks if the driver's eyes are open and facing the road. The camera does not record activity in the cabin, BMW emphasizes.

The M340i sedans are equipped with a new intelligent personal assistant BMW – an automatic intelligence system that helps drivers communicate with their cars, just like with smartphones.

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