The online configurator for the 2020 BMW M340i and M340i xDrive is now available on www.bmwusa.com. The top G20 3 Series model – BMW M340i XDrive – will arrive in Summer 2019 with a base price of $56,995 which is fairly close to its competitors. The rear wheel drive M340i starts at $54,000 + $995. The Audi S5 has an MSRP of $52,400 while the Mercedes-Benz C43 Sedan kicks off its sales at $53,400. It’s also slightly more expensive than the M Performance X3 M40i which is priced at $54,650. The 2019 BMW 330i which arrives in March 2019 has a starting price of $40,250.
The M340i also comes with extensive wheel options. There are 11 wheel sizes and types to pick from, which should please even the most demanding customers. Features wise, full-LED headlights come as standard, but optional Adaptive LED headlights with BMW Laserlight are also available. Among many standard features, there are a few that stand out, for example, the new BMW 3 Series Sedan comes standard with the Active Guard Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function.
In the US, the standard color is Alpine White, while for $550, you get additional options – Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic, Sunset Orange Metallic and Portimao. If you have $1,950 to shell out, then two Individual colors are now available – Dravit Grey Metallic and Tanzanite Blue II Metallic.
Inside, you have several upholstery options: Black SensaTec, Black Vernasca Leather w/contrast stitch/piping, Mocha Vernasca Leather w/contrast stitching/piping, Black Vernasca Leather w/blue contrast stitching/piping, Leather ‘Vernasca’ Oyster decor stitching and Cognac Vernasca Leather w/contrast stitching/piping.
The trim offerings start with Fine-wood trim oak grain open-pored and continues with Fine-wood trim maple open-pored, Fine-wood trim ash grey-brown high-gloss, Aluminum Tetragon Interior Trim and Interior trim finishers Aluminium ‘Mesheffect’.
M Sport Brakes, M Sport Steering Wheel and the M Sport Suspension are also standard, along with the 8-Speed automatic transmission. The M Sport differential will also play an important part in how you enjoy your M340i. It is an electronically controlled, fully variable locking rear differential which uses the DSC system to limit the rotational speed equalization between the inside and outside rear wheels when cornering.
For $500 you’re getting the Driving Assistance Package, $1700 for the Driving Assistance Professional Package, $900 for Parking Assistance Package, $1400 for Premium Package and $2100 for Executive Package.
The options list is quite extensive as well, including but not limited to, Remote Engine Start, Heated Steering Wheel, Adaptive M Suspension or Active Cruise Control.
Under the hood is a 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 engine that makes 382 hp (North America, it’s a bit less powerful in Europe), making it the most powerful and fastest non-M 3 Series ever. The BMW M340i gets an eight-speed automatic gearbox as its only option and can be had in either rear-wheel drive or xDrive all-wheel drive. According to BMW, 0-60 mph comes in the low four-second range.