BMW: New M340i xDrive Saloon and Touring29 October 2019
Exclusive straight six with ‘M TwinPower Turbo’ delivering 374hp meets cutting-edge chassis engineering and xDrive AWD to bring top-end performance to the new BMW 3 Series range.
The 2020 BMW M340i xDrive Touring will join the Saloon on sale in November. Sharing the same 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbo inline-six with the Saloon, there's 374hp and 500Nm of torque for shuttling kids, dogs and groceries, et al.
The luxuriously equipped M340i xDrive was conceived and developed in close co-operation with BMW’s M Division, hence the M in its name. It fills the gap in the German car maker’s line-up between the excellent 330i and the upcoming new M3, due in 2020. The Saloon and Touring get mandatory all-wheel drive as found on the series production four-door.
There’s full LED exterior lighting, 18-inch wheels, an M Sport-tuned suspension with continuously variable damping and a compression-limiting feature at the back, M Sport brakes, the M Sport electronic rear differential, variable steering, and an M Sport exhaust. Dual high- and low-temperature cooling circuits keep the mechanicals in the proper climate zone should parental heel-and-toe merchants want to stop by the track on the way home from the school run.
Deploying the engine’s reserves is a conventional eight-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox, which features its own unique ratios and an integral launch-control function along with BMW’s latest xDrive four-wheel drive system complete with an electronic differential lock on the rear axle.
Underpinning the M340i xDrive is a specially tuned M Sport suspension. It features a nominal 10mm reduction in ride height compared with other 3 Series models. A full gambit of elastokinematic changes is also included to provide the new BMW model with what is described as ‘sporty and authoritative’ handling.