BMW 3 Series (F30)

BMW 320d Luxury Line (since 2012)

The current and sixth generation of the 3 - series BMW (internal: F30 - Limousine ) serves the middle class segment. It was introduced as the successor to the E90 series in early 2012 and in the BMW plants in Munich, Regensburg, Tiexi (Shenyang) and Rosslyn (South Africa) made ​​.

The official launch of the F30 was held at the BMW plant in Munich on 14 October 2011. The first models will be delivered since 11 February 2012.

  • 3.1 exterior paint
  • 3.2 Equipment lines 3.2.1 Sportline
  • 3.2.2 Luxury Line
  • 3.2.3 Modern Line
  • 3.2.4 M-Sport Package
  • 4.1 engines 4.1.1 gasoline Limousine
  • Touring
  • 4.3.1 Sedan
  • 4.3.2 Touring
  • 7.1 Active Hybrid 3


As the first model in the series came in February 2012, the four-door sedan (F30 ) on the market. The Touring ( F31 ) in August of 2012, although it was presented online on 13 May 2012. Live could see it for the first time at the AMI Leipzig.

The coupe and cabriolet were and are designed and developed to reflect a higher position compared to the Saloon and Touring as a separate series (Set of 4 ). Launch was on October 5, 2013. Accordingly, in all probability, Coupé and Convertible, all other derivatives available in the M- variant as M4 than M3.

He shares the platform with the since late summer 2011 selling BMW 1 Series ( F20).

Significant differences with the previous

  • All engines offered are turbo engines. Previously offered in-line six -cylinder petrol - aspirated engines are replaced by four-cylinder turbo engines.
  • Already in the market introduction ( Sportline, Modern Line and Luxury Line ) are similar available as in the 1er equipment lines.
  • The 6 -speed automatic is replaced by the ZF 8HP eight-stage automatic ZF Friedrichshafen.
  • The iDrive system is now available without a navigation system, the standard equipment.
  • The side indicators are integrated in the exterior mirrors.
  • A switch the characteristics of the chassis and drive train can be influenced.
  • There are now several assistance systems such as Park Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Collision Warning, Rear View Camera, Speed ​​Limit Info and head-up display available as an option.
  • The weight was reduced by up to 40 kg.

Production periods

On 28 October 2011, the series production of the sedan in the BMW plant in Munich began. Within three months after the start of production the ridge line of 680 units per day to be achieved.

  • Sedan (F30 ): since February 2012
  • Touring ( F31 ): since August 2012
  • Gran Turismo ( F34 ): since June 2013
  • Limousine, long version ( F35 ): Since July 2012 ( exclusively for the automotive market in China)


Compared to its predecessor E90 sedan is longer by three inches. The wheelbase has increased by 5 centimeters. With regard to pedestrian protection also the hood is set once again. The track width was increased in both front and rear. Whole, the rear seat passengers have 15mm more legroom and 8 mm more headroom. With the F30 model, the vehicle of the BMW 3 - series for the first time grows to a width of more than 2000 mm above the mirrors and may partially limited to 2 meters wide left lane construction sites no longer busy.

The measurements of the Touring's the same except for the ride height of the sedan.



The boot capacity is increased by 20 to 480 liters. There is thus room for example, seven commercial crates or three golf bags. The height of the sill is 66 cm. On request there is a through-loading system with a separable 40:20:40 backrest. In conjunction with the Comfort Access you can activate the opening mechanism of the trunk lid by a specific foot movement among the located right of center section of the bumper.


In Touring least 495 liters ( 35 liters) of storage space available. Maximum 1500 liters are available. The rear seat can be folded down as the sedan 40:20:40. From its predecessor, the separately opening rear window was taken. As standard, the tailgate will automatically open.

The loading lip is slightly lower than the sedan with 620 mm.


The design of the F30 is an evolution of its predecessor, but also leans heavily on the design of the 5 Series line. Thus, the side view has been almost completely taken over by the E90. The rear view, however, is not very different from that of the 5 Series. Fall on the front especially on the headlamps, which extend to the kidneys frame. The interior is again more driver-oriented as opposed to the E90. The cockpit is inclined seven degrees towards the driver.

Until the B-pillar to Touring and Limousine same exact.


Compared to its predecessor, the scope of standard equipment is easily grown. So he is now fitted as standard with automatic climate control and from March 2013 with a handsfree and USB interface. Moreover, in addition to some assistance systems such as lane departure warning or a head-up display, other optional equipment is now also available in a 3 (eg, seat heating for the rear seats). Even now some special equipment only in package combinations available. For example, the speed control is available for purchase only in conjunction with a speakerphone and the Servotronic steering.

Exterior paint

Currently available are ( at F30): Uni-paint tones:

Metallic paint finishes:

Individual paint finishes:

Equipment lines

Optional three different trim levels ( Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line ) are available. These differ mainly in some color accents and alternate interior. In addition, the scope of standard equipment is slightly larger.

Since July 2012, there is also the M Sport package.


With this equipment line in the interior of the sporty character of the car is to be supported with red accents. Thus, a red contrast stitching is attached to the steering wheel and on the upholstery. Below the interior trim is also home to a red or black, high-gloss accent trim. On the outside, there are many parts, such as mirrors or the air intakes at the front, in high-gloss black. In addition, include in the Sportline Sport seats to the package.

Luxury Line

The Luxury Line of F30 meant to be fairly classic. These interior trim and wood trim are installed chrome.

Modern Line

This is, as the name suggests, the car seem more modern. But are located in the interior, too, some chrome strips. The exterior design many parts are made of matt chrome. As standard, the seats are upholstered in a fabric / leather combination.

M-Sport Package

The M package is available for purchase since May 2012. Exclusively for the M package, the vehicle can be delivered in the color of Estoril Blue. The front and rear apron is quite different from the other models. The technical equipment features include a sport suspension with 10mm lowering ( also available separately ) and the optional ' M Sports brake " with blue calipers.

Rear view


As standard, the 3 on a CD radio (including MP3 decoder ) with six speakers and aux -in port. Operation is via the iDrive in conjunction with a high resolution screen with 6.5 or 8.8 inches diagonally. There are under the driver / passenger seat per a subwoofer. The DVD changer, DAB receiver or a Harman Kardon speaker system with 16 speakers (14 when touring) and a power of 600 watts are available.

With the Optional BMW Apps iPhone owners to receive web radio stations, among others, as well as Facebook and Twitter posts on the onboard monitor. In addition, a full-fledged Internet access is available.

In conjunction with the Professional navigation system, a TV function for receiving analog and digital programs will be offered.

Driving assistance systems

The active cruise control uses a radar sensor maintains the preset speed. If voltage drops below a preset distance to the vehicle ahead brakes the vehicle automatically to the speed of the car in front. The maximum delay in this case is 4 m/s2. There is not enough this delay, the driver will intervene prompted by audible and visual signals.

A head-up display (HUD ) projects information on the windshield so that the driver no longer has to look away from the road to read the speed or route.

With the Surround View cameras are by the road areas beside and behind the vehicle ( top view and rear view camera) as well as area to the right and left of the vehicle front ( Side View) recorded and displayed on the screen in the interior. The cameras are located to the side in front door mirrors, trunk lid and the bumper.

In addition, a parking assist is available. Use of ultrasonic sensors, the system misses permanently at a speed of up to 36 km / h length and width of parking spaces by the roadside. The pitches must exceed the length of the vehicle by at least 1.20 meters, so that the system can take over the steering movements when parking. The driver must this still operate the accelerator and brake pedal.

The online traffic service Real - Time Traffic Information (RTTI ) as an extension of the bid ConnectedDrive uses anonymized mobile phone motion data for determination of the traffic flow for optimized route calculations. In addition to highways order to cover agricultural and urban roads. The principle is similar to the two competing systems TomTom HD Traffic and Audi online traffic information.



The top model 335i N55 has the same engine as its predecessor E90. The diesel engines remain largely unchanged, so is among others the famous 4- cylinder in-line engine N47 used. In March 2012, the engine range was complemented by three additional drives ( 320i, 316d, 318d ). The BMW 330d with 190 kW ( 258 hp ) was introduced in July 2012, since the summer of 2013 in the limo and the 335d available .. the end of 2012 was also the offer extended by the 316i and 320i the EfficientDynamics Edition.

Since November 2012 there is the hybrid model Active Hybrid 3


The petrol engines work with a spray-guided direct injection ( High Precision Injection ) and a TwinPower Turbo, which has two Abgaseinströmöffnungen ( twin-scroll charger). The 6- cylinder in-line engines without turbocharger from the N53 325i/330i be replaced by the new 4 -cylinder turbo engines N20 ( 320i/328i ) with two liters of displacement. The non-turbocharged 4- cylinder of the previous (N43 ) be as in the new 1 Series ( F20) replaced by the N13.

  • Values ​​in [] brackets are for the automatic.
  • Values ​​in () parenthesis refer to the variant with xDrive.
  • Values ​​in [] brackets are for the automatic.
  • Values ​​in () parenthesis refer to the variant with xDrive.



The diesel models are equipped as standard with a particulate filter. For the 320d EfficientDynamics Edition and the 320d without all-wheel drive, a Blue -performance filter is available from March 2012, which reduced by a NOxSpeicherkatalysator nitrogen oxide emissions and thus complies with the Euro 6 standard.


  • Values ​​in [] brackets are for the automatic.
  • Values ​​in () parenthesis refer to the variant with xDrive.


  • Values ​​in [] brackets are for the automatic.
  • Values ​​in () parenthesis refer to all-wheel drive.


A standard 6 -speed manual transmission is offered, is available as an option, the 8 -speed automatic ZF 8HP automatic transmission by ZF Friedrichshafen. Both gear types support the Auto-Start - Stop system.

Car set

About a driving experience switch on the center console, engine characteristics, driving stability control, characteristic of the steering and the switching program and the shift dynamics of the automatic transmission can be changed. It thereby the modes of Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro. In connection with certain special features there is also a Sport mode. If you select the optional adaptive damper control ( " adaptive chassis " ) can also influence the shock absorber characteristic.

For vehicles with the navigation system Professional can be displayed on the screen in the center console current engine output and torque values ​​.


In all versions, electromechanical power steering is standard. An optional Servotronic ( speed-sensitive steering assistance ) or a variable sports steering is offered. This adjusts the gear ratio in the steering gear, depending on the steering wheel. The required large Radeinschläge steering wheel movements are reduced by up to 25 percent. The actual steering ratio is purely mechanical causes by a variable rack ratio.

Landing gear

In addition to the standard suspension, an M sports suspension and an adaptive chassis are available, the vehicle is placed deeper in both chassis by 10 mm. In adaptive suspension can be changed via a damper control, the characteristic curve of the chassis. The axle load distribution is 50:50.

The vehicle has a front double-joint Zugstrebenvorderachse. Torque struts, wishbones and swivel bearings are made ​​of aluminum.

The rear wheels are suspended on a five-link rear axle.

As standard, all models feature a rear-wheel drive, some models can be equipped against surcharge with all-wheel drive.


An optional M-Sport brake is offered. This consists of aluminum fixed calipers with four- piston calipers at the front and two-piston rear calipers and larger sized lightweight brake discs.

Standard front and rear vented single-piston calliper disc brakes are installed.


The BMW F30 have beside ABS with Brake Assist and Cornering Brake Control 3-point belts for all five seats on the front two with belt tensioners and belt force limiters, ESP with traction control system ( Dynamic BMW Stability Control, DSC or Dynamic Traction Control, called DTC ), also six airbags (driver and front passenger, two side airbags and full-length curtain airbags ). For better identification of very strong braking, the brake lights start flashing it. To improve pedestrian safety, a shock absorber between the bumper supports and bumper trim is installed. This is intended to reduce injuries in a leg impact. The hood contains deformation elements to reduce the impact energy.

Compared to its predecessor body rigidity has been increased by 10%.

Child seats can be attached to the back seat safely only on the outer seats. There are also Isofix mountings are available. For the front passenger seat airbag can be switched off one costs extra cost. Rear side airbags are, as well as a driver's knee airbag is not available.

For an additional charge, a lane departure warning and a Collision Warning are available. In this case, however, no intervention in the driving carried out ( counter-steering or braking). Even a so-called Active Protection package is available. This will be active from 18 km / h and tightens the belt automatically, to remove any slack in the belt of the driver and Beifahrergurts. If there is a critical driving situation as an impending accident, the seat belts are tightened in the front seat, the side windows and the sunroof closed. An impending collision is detected by a front camera or radar, through -initiated emergency braking by the driver or heavy understeer or oversteer. If a collision in the opinion of the system inevitably, it forwards an independent braking with a maximum delay of 5 m / s ² to stop a. After an accident, the vehicle should be maintained for 1.5 seconds with brakes blocked, to prevent a secondary collision.


On 13 July 2012, the Federal Motor Transport Authority published a call back to the models of the BMW 1 and 3 Series and X1 and Z4. Affected are the model years 2007 to 2012 level due to a fault in the control electronics of the electro-mechanical power steering. ( Electro-pneumatic circuit; EPS) and leads to failure of the power steering.

On October 1, 2013, BMW has around 176,000 vehicles of the models of the 1 Series, 3 Series and 5- Series, X1 and X3 and Z4 recalled, including 6,000 vehicles in Germany around the world. Affected vehicles built in 2012 and 2013. Reasons for this are problems on the camshaft four-cylinder petrol engines, which thus can lead to their failure and therefore also to the failure of the braking force support a possible disruption of oil supply to the vacuum pump.


The term BMW EfficientDynamics several technical innovations are summarized, which cause less fuel consumption at the same time increasing performance. In addition, the 3 Series has an Eco Pro mode. Here, a more fuel-efficient driving style is supported by an adjustment of the drive control and operation of the heating and air conditioning, the exterior mirror heater and heated seats. In addition, the drag coefficient of the sedan was lowered to a value of 0.26. Right and left at the outer edge of the air intakes are also small, vertical air openings for the so-called Air Curtain. This can provide better aerodynamic flow around the front wheels for a reduction of air resistance.

All engines meet the limits of the EU5 emission standard, and the U.S. ULEV II It is again a EfficientDynamics version of the 320d with reduced power and increased efficiency available. This keeps with the optional Blue -performance filter a Euro - 6 standard also.

Active Hybrid 3

From November 2012, a full hybrid, the F30 will be available. The ActiveHybrid 3, the engine of the 335i was combined with a 40 kW electric motor. The maximum system output available is 250 kW ( 340 hp). Maximum 450 Nm are available. The combined fuel consumption mode after ECE driving cycle is expected to be 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers. The maximum speed in pure electric mode is 75 km / h to a speed of 160 km / h, the petrol engine is electrically supported separately if required.

The boot capacity is reduced by the batteries under the boot floor from 480 to 390 liters.

Gran Turismo ( F34 )

First time in 2013, the four-door Gran Turismo variant was introduced in the BMW 3 Series. The silhouette is similar to that of a coupe, but the dimensions of the body than on the saloon are much larger, so that the Gran Turismo combines the types Saloon and Touring. For more details, see BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

Long version ( F35 )

Exclusively for the car market in China is produced since July 2012, a long-wheelbase version of the 3 Series sedan at its plant in Shenyang. The variant was presented with an extended wheelbase by 11 cm at the Auto China in 2012. Thus, the space in the rear knee room increased by 90 mm. As standard, all models are equipped with the automatic transmission. As only the equipment line Luxury Line and Modern Line are available, but not the Sportline.


In the BMW plant in Munich around 680 units of the sedan are manufactured daily. The comb-line was achieved after three months. Unlike the predecessor are produced from the very beginning for all country- specific variants. A total of 400 million euros have been invested for the production of the F30 in the factory in Munich. In addition, the F30 in the works Regensburg and Rosslyn (South Africa) is produced.