2013 Detroit Auto Show: 2013 BMW 320i

2013 Detroit Auto Show


  • 2013 BMW 320i Picture - Front 3/4

    2013 BMW 320i Picture - Front 3/4

    It will take a keen eye to discern the 320i from the 328i. That's kind of the point, we reckon. | January 14, 2013

What Is It?
2013 BMW 320i

What's Special About It?
Meet the new entry-level 3 Series. The 320i will serve as the most affordable 3er in BMW's lineup, and it does a good job of aping its more expensive brother, the 328i. At least that's what it seemed like for the curiously brief period of time the 320i sat on the floor of BMW's booth at the Detroit auto show. The 320i was present prior to the press conference, and then was nowhere to be found upon its conclusion and thereafter. Weird.

What's also weird is this engine's output. At 180 horsepower, this has to be one of the least powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines produced in the past two decades. Its fuel economy doesn't better that of the 328i, either. Let's hope its 200 pound-feet of torque is available at all engine speeds or something, anything to make sense of its low specific output.

Buyers of the 320i may not care, instead deriving pleasure from the $4,300 saved compared to the 328i.

What Edmunds Says:
A cheaper, weaker 3er. We expect strong sales.

Specifications:
Base Price:
$33,445 base including destination
Engine:
2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged inline-4
Gearbox:
Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic
Power:
180 horsepower, 200 pound-feet of torque Fuel
Mileage:
22/34 city/highway (manual); 23/33 city/highway (automatic)

Comments

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Has BMW jumped the shark or what? And what's with ripping the lower grill from the 1st Genesis Coupe?

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    I can't see how a detuned 2.0T could drop the price by a whopping $4,300. They must be decontenting it elsewhere.

  • shatner shatner Posts:

    Ah, I remember the old 320, and watching it get smoked by a VW Rabbit in a drag race. BMW has brought back the tradition of an expensive car that get beat by cars half its price. The ultimate posing machine.

  • shatner shatner Posts:

    I can't see how a detuned 2.0T could drop the price by a whopping $4,300. They must be decontenting it elsewhere. ___________ Because it is still overprices, even more considering how BMW rips people off on options so badly.

  • 1speedbike 1speedbike Posts:

    The ignorance of the comments shows just why BMW has been hesitant to release its lower-output variants in the US. You don't buy a BMW to drag race a Rabbit. If all you care about is power, you just don't buy a BMW. You drive a BMW, not brag to your friends about what cars you "beat" in a straight line with it. If that's what you're worried about, I have a friend with a 1992 beater civic hatch with a built turbo engine that will embarrass you no matter what car you're driving. Grow up. The price difference is due to a few things. Different heads, brakes, compression ratio, tune, engine internals. Also, some options and packages available on upper range 3 series are not available on the new 320i. Europe has had models from a 316i which gets prius-like gas mileage and is much more of a hoot to drive (despite being down on power), to the upper models we get in the US (because, let's face it, when it comes to power we are spoiled, and that's not necessarily a bad thing). But if all you care about is power, then a BMW is not the car for you. If you think BMW is all about posers (and I will agree that by and large, a lot of yuppies drive the cars and have no clue about the engineering or finesse behind them and it's a shame), then a BMW is also not the car for you.

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