2017 BMW 3 Series, 4 Series Gain New Turbo I-4, Lineup Gets iDrive 5.0
New iDrive system that debuted in 7 Series trickles down
BMW has released a document outlining the changes to its 2017 car lineup. All models equipped with navigation will receive the newest version of iDrive, called iDrive 5.0, which first debuted on the 2016 7 Series sedan. Wireless charging and a wi-fi hotspot are also standard across BMW's lineup. Meanwhile, the new 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that debuted in the 2 Series finds its way into the 3 Series and 4 Series.
The 3 Series and 4 Series receive major changes in the form of two new engines. A new 2.0-liter turbo-four replaces the previous N20 2.0-liter turbo, joining the new 3.0-liter turbo-six that was originally added in the 2016 model year. With the new engine comes a new name: 330i in place of last year's 328i moniker. In the 2017 230i, this new 2.0-liter turbo-four makes 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, or 8 hp and 3 lb-ft more than the 328i. In the 4 Series lineup, the 428i and 435i name are replaced with the 430i and 440i respectively, indicating the addition of the new turbo-four and turbo-six engines to the lineup. The turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 in the 2016 340i makes 320 hp and 330 lb-ft.
Other changes for the 3 Series and 4 Series include the addition of the M Sport package as standard equipment on the 340i. BMW Individual Composition is also now exclusive to the 440i, should you want to make it more exclusive and customize your 4 Series according to your tastes. The high-performance M3 and M4 now come standard with the adaptive M suspension. The newest version of iDrive, as seen in the new 7 Series and now standard across the lineup, features a touchscreen and gesture control; however the latter feature remains exclusive to the 7 Series
The flagship 7 Series gains the display key as standard equipment while remote-controlled parking will be available starting with cars manufactured on July 16 and onwards. Additional standard equipment included in the 2017 Alpina B7 include integral active steering, the Autobahn package, the display key, a panoramic moonroof, and gesture control. A plug-in hybrid variant called the 740e xDrive has also been added and starts at $90,095 including destination. The 740e can travel up to 25 miles on electric power alone. The car's plug-in hybrid powertrain combines a 2.0-liter turbo-four with an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission. The system is backed by a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery and nets a combined output of 326 hp.
A special edition of the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car called the Protonic Red Edition has been added and it comes with seats featuring red highlights, embossed headrests, gray seat belts, floor mats with black and red stitching, and "Protonic Red Edition door sills. The only color available is Protonic Red with Frozen Gray Metallic accents. The 2017 i3 now gets two years of complimentary fast charging, 19-inch wheels, and keyless entry as standard, in addition to the range increase to 114 miles per charge from 81 miles in the 2016 model.
Prices for the 2017 3 Series lineup have increased between $100 and $1,800, due to certain models gaining more standard equipment. The 2017 4 Series, on the other hand, has held steady with only the 440i Gran Coupe's pricing increasing by $50 while the 440i xDrive convertible is $50 cheaper. The 2017 M4 is $800 more expensive compared to last year's model.
The 6 Series range sees the coupe getting cheaper by $300 across the board while the convertible is now $300 more expensive compared to last year. Gran Coupe models, on the other hand, are $300 to $1,000 more expensive than the 2016 cars while all variants of the 2017 M6 are now $300 more than last year. For the 2017 model year, the 7 Series cuts $200 off its starting price, while the smallest M car, the M2, is now $995 more expensive. Pricing for the 2017 i8 stays at $141,695 on the standard car. The 2017 i3's price has increased by $1,195 to $44,595 on standard models and $1,200 with the available range extender to $48,445.