BMW: BMW 3 Compact 2001
Making its world debut: the BMW 316ti with VALVETRONIC for ultra-low fuel consumption
The new compact is entering the market in two engine variants:
85 kW/115 bhp four-cylinder,
VALVETRONIC, four valves
141 kW/193 bhp straight-six,
four valves per cylinder,
The 316ti is the first production car in the world to feature an engine with VALVETRONIC. This technology consistently developed by BMW provides variable intake valve lift and, accordingly, throttle-free engine load management. The result is a decrease in fuel consumption by at least 10 per cent under typical running conditions in the hands of the customer, regardless of fuel quality. With their superior performance as well as a transmission shifting smoothly and precisely, both engines offer driving pleasure at its very best.
At the same time they are quite unique versus the competition thanks to their very low fuel consumption and low running costs. Clearly, both models comply in full with the EU4 emission standard.
3 Series compact all the way: compact dimensions outside, a tailored suit inside.
Introducing the 3 Series compact as the third model variant within the 3 Series as a whole, BMW is now rounding off the current 3 Series by introducing the final model within just three years, following the saloon, coupé, touring and convertible already forming the extremely successful family of 3 Series models. Young and fresh, powerful and athletic, sophisticated and stylish – these are the typical characteristics of the latest model in the range.
body design alone, the 3 Series compact with its striking front and
rear ends possesses unique character, but is clearly a BMW in every
respect. The re-interpretation of the characteristic BMW dual head-lights
gives the car an unmistakable face, round individual rear lights between
a clear glass cover accentuating the individual style of the compact
also from behind. Compared with the 3 Series saloon, the compact is
21 cm or 8.3´´ shorter on the same wheelbase. Compared with its predecessor, on the other
hand, it is 53 millimetres or 2.1´´
longer and wider, this extra space being used in full to the benefit
of the passengers and their motoring comfort.
Introducing the 3 Series compact in April 1994, BMW successfully marked out a new niche in the market, the term “compact” quickly becoming a synonym for the high-quality hatchback saloon in the lower midrange segment.
Roughly two out of every three of the 400,000 compact drivers previously drove another make before choosing a BMW compact, and again, roughly two out of three compact drivers opted for another BMW after experiencing the compact. This alone makes the compact one of BMW’s most successful model series in both respects. The two first new compact models are being introduced in summer 2001, when their market price will also be determined. Further engine variants including a diesel will follow before the end of the year.
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