BMW has confirmed that it will strengthen both its three and five-series line ups this March. Among the new arrivals will be a new 525d to sit below the 3.0-litre oil burner, a new entry-level 3-series coupé, and the long-awaited M3-like diesel, the 330Cd.
In acknowledgement of the huge demand for its new diesel five, the new smaller capacity 525d will broaden the choice for prospective buyers. Priced at £28,050 in SE form, it represents a saving of nearly three thousand pounds on the 530d. However, producing 177bhp and 294lbs ft of torque, it’s less than a second slower to 62mph than its bigger brother, and lacks just 15mph at the top end. Returning even more frugal fuel concumption than the three-litre, and qualifying for a lower carbon dioxide-calculated tax bracket, it should be a cheaper prospect to run into the bargain.
Turning to the three-series, BMW will also augment choice by extending its new ES specification to the coupé lineup. The 318 Ci ES will be the new entry-level coupé, costing £20,995. This is a £1930 saving over the SE-equipped version, and includes sports suspension, 16” alloy wheels, a dash-mounted CD player and an M Division-styled steering wheel.