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BMW 3-series facelift gets below 99g/km and a plug-in hybrid

Date: 07 May 2015   |   Author:

BMW has confirmed that its 3-series facelift will have CO2 emissions of 99g/km and a 49g/km plug-in hybrid will also be available.

The new 3-series will be available from July and prices will be confirmed closer to going on sale. The plug-in hybrid will go on sale in 2016.

The revised diesel on the 320d EfficientDynamics model reduces emissions from 109g/km to 99g/km and puts the 3-series on a level pegging with the 99g/km Jaguar XE as the only other pure diesel premium upper medium model.

The 320d ED also has improved fuel efficiency figures from 68.9mpg on the current model to 74.3mpg on the facelifted version.

The 49g/km 330e plug-in hybrid will be available in 2016 and BMW says the car has a potential zero emissions range of 22 miles and fuel efficiency of 134.5mpg. The hybrid is powered by a 184hp 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with an 80 kW electric motor for a total power output of 252hp.

The facelifted 3-series will also be available with a 122g/km three-cylinder petrol engine.

BMW registered 22,858 3-series' to UK fleets last year, making it the 9th most popular model with company car drivers, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The new 3-series arrives in a market with increased competition from the new XE and an all-new Audi A4 later this year, which is expected to be targeting emissions below 99g/km.

As with most German premium models, changes on the exterior are subtle with tweaks to the headlight position with optional LED units and LED indicators.

Exterior changes include broader side air intakes and all models now include LED lights at the rear as standard. New interior features include cup holders in the centre consol and a storage area for a smartphone and keys.

Satellite navigation is now standard on all 3 series saloon and Touring models.

Intelligent Emergency Call is also fitted as standard on all 3 series models and detects if the airbags are triggered in an accident, and then uses a built-in SIM card to automatically transmit the severity of the accident, the potential risk of injury to the occupants and the vehicle's location to the BMW call centre.