Installation of a new four-cylinder engine prompted a model-designation change, from 328i to 330i. Matte chrome exterior trim is now standard. Venetian Beige upholstery is now available only with black carpeting. Venetian Beige/Black Dakota leather is now available, with Dark Oyster highlighting.
Under its hood, the new 330i gets an updated 2-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine making 248 horsepower with 258 pound-feet of torque (versus 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet on the 328i). A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but an eight-speed automatic may be substituted at no extra charge.
Fuel economy is estimated at 21 mpg city/32 mpg city with manual shift, rising to 23/34 mpg (city/highway) with automatic. An all-wheel-drive 330i, offered only with automatic, is estimated at 23/32 mpg (city/highway), while the xDrive-only sports wagon also earns a 23/32 mpg (city/highway) estimate. Automatic stop/start operation is standard.
SensaTec leatherette sport seats are standard, although Dakota leather can be added for a substantial extra cost ($1,450). Non-sport seats are also available with the optional Luxury Package. Standard equipment includes run-flat tires on 17-inch light alloy wheels, power front seats, automatic-dimming mirrors, Bluetooth, HD radio, automatic climate control, and LED foglamps. Wagons get a panoramic moonroof.