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Dynamically in the digital time

The digital Revolution is also the Holy Grail of driving not guardians of joy. Because, as proud BMW behavior on the agile driving, which is as inspiring as amusing vote of the majority of models of trust, so little of the customers are interested in. Bits and Bytes are simply more important than HP and Nm, and the displacement is almost no matter, if the screen size is large enough. No car makes this Problem so obvious, such as the Threesome that is now in the seventh Generation.

the development of the new Threesome for the Bavaria was a dangerous balancing act that you have mastered, at least in terms of driving fun with flying colours. Because if in March, prices starting from 57'050 CHF the internal G-20 called the Generation of the Start-up, is BMW's define, once more, the sporting lace in the middle class, and at the same time on the data highway in the pole position. And no Detail is better than a slightly more elaborate Dialog added with the new voice control: Who's complaining with "Hey BMW" when it comes to voice assistants, that is boring, gets recorded, therefore, no music and no audio book, but the digital assistant proposes to the encouragement of the change to the sports mode.

With stoic calm

On the way to the "Ultimate Sports Sedan", the developers also to Software and digital technology, but above all, you have to put the car on a new, totally analog suspension with wider track and lower center of gravity and new dampers. Where other cars sportiness translate with exaggerated hardness, as the Threesome remains, therefore, always gentle, but precise. And feels – we are not allowed to write? – almost a little like "Porsche". The sample driven 330i immediately follows every steering movement and turns almost by itself in the curves. This helps not only on narrow streets or in the city, but especially on the highway. As always, the sedan maintains a stoic silence, and even tried in the narrower curves to take at least one Hand from the steering Wheel.

New Generation of digital instruments behind the steering Wheel. Photo: PD

Visually, the new 3-series is seen at first glance as such, only he looks much more muscular and sportier than its predecessor: the Front with The large kidney has more character, and the rear shows there was more power. In addition, the three to eight inches in length, four inches longer in wheelbase and two inches more width. But on big jumps, the Design has dispensed with the Team – no wonder, if you want to make it more than 15 million customers in the last six generations. Even inside, the big Surprises – although you have now in the rear, more space, the trunk is 480 liters is growing, and behind the Wheel of a new Generation of digital instruments emblazoned.

goof in the Navigation

But only if the operation of the vehicle, the digitization: the growing Navi screen responds to the touch of a Finger, and you can control the individual functions with Gestures. In addition, the new voice control system in addition to the digital instruments in your purchase, which is analogue to Mercedes or Apple enabled with "Hey BMW" and a similar understanding of how the counterpart from Stuttgart. At least in theory.

In practice, the System worked only partially: It phone numbers are not found, bombed in the Navigation and want to send us at the end of Portugal to Las Vegas. Pretty far, even if the BMW Driving on the way to Autonomous for the Threesome in a leadership position claimed. Because, depending on the package and the extra cost it takes the driver a lot of work, as permitted by the legislature. And not just in a traffic jam or on the highway, but in city traffic or in the Parking garage. The three automatically stores the last 30 meters of track and freed so one press of a button from any spot of bother. At least in theory. In practice, one keeps the steering Wheel at the moment is better in the hands.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 26.12.2018, 18:24 PM

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