BMW has announced plans to offer an entry-level 320i in the United States.
Set to go on sale this spring, the 320i will slot beneath the 328i and give the brand an affordable sedan that can better compete with the Audi A4 that starts at $32,500.
While the car looks virtually identical to the 328i, it comes likely comes equipped with a less impressive assortment of standard equipment. BMW was coy on specifics, but said it can be ordered with xenon headlights, heated seats and a navigation system. There's also a sport package which adds a sport-tuned suspension, an increased top speed and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Power is provided by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that develops 180 bhp (134 kW) and 200 lb-ft (271 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic. Regardless of which gearbox is selected, the model accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds and has an electronically-limited top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).
The BMW 320 will be priced from $33,445, while the all-wheel drive variant will retail for $35,445 (both prices include an $895 destination & handling charge).