New BMW 3-Series Goes All In On Tech

Posted: Nov 2 2018, 9:22am CDT | by , in Cars & Vehicles


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New BMW 3-Series Goes All in on Tech
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Technology is front and center in the new BMW 3-Series, including a new infotainment system and digital key.

Car manufacturers have to change with the times. After all, everyone has smart devices on their person or in their pocket all day long, so why not add some of that tech to our new cars? That's what BMW is working on. Its new 3-Series is going to have lots of new tech toys for you to play with. Let's take a closer look at what the 3-Series is bringing to the table in the not-too-distant future.

New Model, New Body

The new 3-Series might not look too different from the previous entries in this series, but it's what's on the inside that counts. In this case, that means a new body shell that cuts an astonishing 121 pounds off the car's total weight by swapping pure steel with a frame that blends classic high-strength steel with lower-weight aluminum.

The slightly larger body frame doesn't interfere with the car's aerodynamics, though. The new 3-Series has a fantastic drag coefficient of 0.26 — older cars, by comparison, have a drag coefficient between 0.7 and 0.9. The first model in this lineup will be the 2019 330i, which will have a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Then we'll see the M340i and the 330e hybrid, although we probably won't see the last one until 2020. The 330i will go on sale in March 2019 and will start at $41,245, so make sure you've got some insurance that is specfic to all the needs of luxury cars.

Voice Assistance

Both Apple and Android phones come with a built-in virtual assistant. Simply say "Siri" or "OK, Google" — depending on your phone — and you've got your own personal assistant in your pocket. BMW is taking it to the next level by including a built-in digital assistant that will respond to "Hey BMW."

This voice assistant ties into a custom infotainment system with a 12.3-by-10.25-inch screen and allows you to do things like find gas stations, answer phone calls or reply to text messages.

While ideally you'll want to try to stay undistracted when you're driving your new BMW, being able to do all those things and more with voice commands keeps you from getting distracted by your phone.

Digital Keys

Is there anything worse than losing your keys? If you're the kind of person who never forgets your cellphone but might leave your keys somewhere, the new 3-Series might be a good option for you. The Digital Key will let you use your smartphone like a key fob so you can get into your car and even start it. If you misplace your phone often, though, you might want to consider skipping this feature.

The Digital Key currently only works with Samsung phones that are running Android 8.0 or up, depending on your phone carrier. However, BMW may plan on rolling it out to other phones at a later date.

We won't see the first of these new BMWs until spring of 2019, but we can't wait to get behind the wheel of these new 3-Series models.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/56" rel="author">Scott Huntington</a>
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