The new M340i xDrive saloon was unveiled by BMW at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which takes place from 30 November to 9 December 2018.
The M340i will sit just below the range-topping M3 in BMW’s 3 Series model lineup.
Powering the M340i is a turbocharged 3-litre straight-6 engine that develops 374hp and 500Nm of torque.
Paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, BMW claims it catapults the saloon from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds, or 0.5 of a second quicker than the range-topping, previous-generation 3 Series model.
Helping this car stick to the road are the M Sport brake system, M Sport differential and M Sport suspension, which all work in conjuction with the rear-biased all-wheel-drive system.
The M Sport suspension in this application lowers the car’s ride height by 10mm compared to the regular 3 Series, in addition to the stiffer components.
An optional Adaptive M suspension, with electronically controlled dampers, will also be available available to buyers.
The M340i will be launched in the USA and Europe in July 2019, and we expect the car to reach Singapore by end-2019.