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The BMW 3-Series arrived in the U.S. back in 1977 as the replacement for the popular, but quickly aging, 2002 model. It wasn’t until the 1996 model year that BMW added a 2.8-liter six-cylinder to the 3-Series lineup, which brought about the introduction of the 328 model. Heading into the 2013 model year, the 328 is still alive and well, but its number designation no longer matches its engine size.
Having received a full refresh in the 2012 model year, the 2013 BMW 328 carries over from the previous model year unchanged. The 2013 BMW 328 comes in a pair of trim levels – 328i and 328i xDrive – and both trims are available in a sedan and coupe body style. There is also a convertible body style, but only the 328i carries into that body.
The i trim level for the 2013 BMW 328 is the base model, but as you would expect, this base Bimmer is relatively well equipped with premium features. On the outside, the 2013 328i comes standard with an auto start-stop function to increase fuel mileage, 17-by-7.5-inch Star Spoke wheels for added style, fog lights for better vision when trekking through low-laying clouds, and Dynamic Stability Control for added stability in the corners. Inside the cabin, the 328i includes leatherette seating with eight-way power adjustment for optimal comfort, an AM/FM/CD/MP3/HD Radio audio system with iPod and USB connectors for a great listening experience, a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel for a comfortable grip, and automatic climate control for the perfect cabin temperature.
The i xDrive trim level on the 2013 BMW 328 builds upon the base 328i with mild drivetrain changes. The largest change between the 328i and the 328i xDrive is the addition of BMW’s all-wheel-drive system for better handling in adverse conditions. On the outside, the 2013 BMW 328i xDrive is identical to its 328i brother, featuring 17-inch Star Spoke wheels, and fog lamps. Just like the exterior, the 328i xDrive’s interior carries the same features as the base 328i, including the AM/FM/CD/MP3/HD Radio audio system, leatherette interior and eight-way power seats.
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