2012 BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition (F30) – First Drive and Review

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ENGINE AND DRIVETRAIN

Initially, two petrol and two diesel engines will be available to European customers, when the new 3 Series hits the showroom in February 2012. BMW’s latest EfficientDynamics technology, including Brake Energy Regeneration, intelligent lightweight construction and electric power steering, is standard and will be featured in every new model.  The two diesel models, namely the BMW 320d and BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition (EDE), are equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder diesel engine with common rail direct fuel injection and variable intake geometry.

Although both variants of the BMW 320d feature the same engine, the power output is slightly different. The BMW 320d has a power output of 184 hp (135 kW) and produces 280 pound-feet of torque. It uses only 4.5 l/100 km (52 mpg) in the combined EU test cycle. To increase the fuel economy of the BMW 320d to a maximum, the EfficientDynamics Edition saw a reduction in power from 184 hp (135 kW) to 163 hp (120 kW). Furthermore a centrifugal pendulum absorber was integrated in the dual-mass flywheel of the engine and makes it possible to drive the BMW 320d EDE without any bucking around 1,000 rpm. Combined with additional fuel saving options, such as Energy Saver tires with reduced rolling resistance, the EDE model can go up to 1,375 km (855 miles) with the 57 liter (15 gallon) fuel tank. The fuel economy is 4.1 l/100 km (57 mpg).

From mid-2012 onwards, advanced BMW BluePerformance technology will be available for both BMW 320d variants. The system, which combines a diesel particulate filter and oxidation catalyst with a NOx absorber catalyst, reduces nitrogen oxide emissions and achieves compliance with the EU6 standards.

Remarkable to note is the fuel economy of both BMW 320d variants with the new eight-speed automatic transmission. The BMW 320d comes standard with a state-of-the-art six speed manual transmission. While the BMW 320d with its power output of 184 hp achieves an even better fuel economy with the automatic transmission the BMW 320d EDE can provide an equal fuel economy as with a manual gear box (according to BMW, no further figures available).

INFOTAINMENT AND SAFETY FEATURES

With the sixth generation BMW intends to continue the success of the previous model generations. Therefore numerous innovations and safety features became standard with the new 3er or are available as an option.

BMW ConnectedDrive combines the most prominent technologies for a comfortable and safe drive. The full-color Head-Up Display made its way to the premium class segment of the BMW 3 Series and will be available as an option. Key driving information is projected onto the windscreen. Further safety is possible through the Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning including Collision Warning. Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function as well as Surround View and the Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info can be added as an option.

Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI) and other advanced technology features can be combined with the navigation system of the car. Real-Time Traffic Information uses the vehicle´s built-in SIM card and provides the latest information on traffic conditions. Data is collected and analyzed from the dynamic network connection of mobile phones in vehicles in the area making it possible to generate an accurate picture of the current traffic.

Further services are available through the latest Bluetooth interface connecting the driver´s mobile phone with the navigation system. Text-based messages (SMS and e-mail) are displayed on the navigation screen and can be read out via the Text to Speech function. The BMW Connected app allows the driver to make use of web radio and social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. One example: with the “My BMW Remote” app the car can be locked and unlocked via the driver´s smartphone.


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