The BMW 320i will soon receive updates for the Brazilian market

The BMW 320i will soon receive updates for the Brazilian market


The BMW 320i, the best-selling sedan in Brazil, was recently launched in the North American and European markets. The update, called LCI (life cycle impulse), is an additional breath that brand cars receive in the middle of the life of generations to update, through technological and aesthetic changes.

The Brazilian public, passionate about cars, does not seem to be worried at all by the previous update of the BMW 320i which is still sold in our country, after all, the Bavarian brand has a big advantage in terms of sales in the category of premium sedans . There are 2,550 units sold in Brazil from January to July this year, against “only” 634 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sold in the same period, according to FENABRAVE (National Federation of Motor Vehicles Distribution).

The BMW 320i Msport Package has unique bumpers and 19-inch wheels; Also of note is the Full Led eye set. | Photo: Matthaeus Avelino.

BMW 320i: see review

The top-of-the-line version, called the MSport, was the car we tested. Priced at R$336,735.00 (Fipe August 2022), we want to know if the current generation 320i launched in 2020 can still make its owners smile.

The current generation of the BMW 320i has a 2.0-liter turbo engine that produces 184hp of power (the same power as the previous generation, sold until 2018); however, contrary to what many think, the engine is now a completely different design, with more torque – 30.6 kgfm compared to 27.5 in the previous generation, and provides greater fuel economy.

The transmission is the familiar ZF 8-speed, which always seems to be in perfect marriage with the engine. Acceleration is strong when needed and the ride is smooth in the city, maintaining a quiet pace and torque always available from low rpm (full power is already available at 1,350rpm).

The uses advertised by the automaker are:

Urban cycle: 7.5 km/l (Ethanol) /// 10.7 km/l (Petrol)

Road mileage: 9.1 km/l (Ethanol) /// 13.4 km/l (Petrol)

However, we tested the car on the highway and, at a cruising speed of 110 km / h, we got a real average of 15.5 km / l, adding fuel and fuel derivative.

The BMW 320i asks to be provoked, especially in hilly sections, where the very refined dynamics of the car differ from that little desire to “play back”, the result of the traction that here is poured over the rear wheels; and nice MSport 19 wheels, by the way.

Rear-wheel drive is one of the key fun features of driving the BMW 320i
Rear-wheel drive is one of the key fun features of driving the BMW 320i. | Photo: Matthaeus Avelino.

Those looking for a floating suspension suitable for a Hyundai Azera or Ford Fusion in a sedan, focused entirely on comfort, may not find anything interesting here. BMW’s three-model series brings as a high standard a strong technical refinement, to justify the brand’s famous slogan, “Pure Driving Pleasure”. The steering directs the car where you want to go and the low driving position makes anyone feel like a pilot.

BMW 320i
The low driving position and center console evoke playability; the quality of the finish and the technology that went into the car always reminds you that this is a premium car. | Image: Parenting.

And speaking of performance, the MSport version has sharper bumpers and side skirts, as well as the aforementioned 19-inch wheels and even a customized seat belt, with red and blue stripes.

Run-flat tires (allows them to run, even punctured) in size 225/40 R19 at the front and 255/35 R19 at the rear.
Running tires (allows running even with punctures) measure 225/40 R19 at the front and 255/35 R19 at the rear. | Photo: Matthaeus Avelino.

A package of quality technology and attractive appearance

The tech package here is amazing even for a premium car; the list is extensive, with items such as: Full LED Headlights, digital instrument panel with multimedia touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay wireless, premium smartphone charger, 3-zone air conditioning, BMW Connected Drive (with concierge service, weather, news and more) and even a smart personal assistant.

All this, without forgetting Native GPS, Harman Kardon Sound system, adaptive cruise control, among other features that anyone who has more than 300 thousand reais left in the account can get.

Seats with electric adjustment for driver and passenger;  at first, there are still records of the position
Seats with electric adjustment for driver and passenger; in the past, there are still records of the position. | Photo: Matthaeus Avelino.

Looking at the 320i, it’s questionable whether the car needs a cosmetic update. The sporty exterior design, with fluid and aerodynamic lines, is in perfect harmony with the perfection of the interior; The quality of the materials is unquestionable and it is difficult to find any points of controversy in the design of the car.

To say that beauty is subjective around the 320i MSport is almost a sin;  the car attracts attention wherever it goes
To say that beauty is subjective around the 320i MSport is almost a sin; the car attracts attention wherever it goes. | Photo: Matthaeus Avelino.

It is true that, with this epidemic and the increase in the price of cars, there are simple thoughts when thinking that a few years ago, when we exceeded R$ 300,000.00, we would have been talking about a 6-cylinder car, with an acceleration worthy of attachment. to the bank and, who knows, to entertain its slightly happy owner at the racetrack at the weekend.

This is not exactly what is happening here, but it is proof that in the current state the car is well suited to the competition; or rather, step forward. Who would have guessed that this is not “bimmers” (the name given to BMW fans), but 60% of premium sedan users who chose the BMW 320i to decorate their garages.

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By Matthaeus Johnnattan Avelino – Speak Up! University of Cruzeiro do Sul