The 2022 BMW M340i comes with a single powertrain option and there is no manual option available yet. The car is expected to come mostly as a carryover model with some updates expected on the exterior along with some new tech and interior features. The M340i sedan is one of the best-handling and best drivable sedans in the segment. The 2022 version is also expected to feature a hybrid powertrain.

BMW has made a strong position in the market with its entry-level sedan, and the M340i takes it a step ahead. The sedan is a perfect blend of power and comfort. Under its hood, a 3.0L turbocharged motor is powering the rear wheels, and it is standard. While the optional x-Drive package is an AWD version of it. 

The pricing is expected to increase by a bit more than $1,000. The M340i is expected to come with the same 3.0 L turbocharged Inline-6 that now only comes mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The manual gearbox is not available anymore and for the extreme purists they The car competes with some equally energized machines which include Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43, Audi S4, and Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400.

What’s new?

  • A rumored new hybrid powertrain
  • Updated infotainment features
  • No other significant changes for 2022

What’s the expected price and release date for the 2022 M340i sedan?

Taking into account some minor modifications, the expected price of the 2022 model will be $500 to $1500 extra of the current model, and it costs around $54,500-$56,000. And it is likely to be unveiled in the summer of 2021. 

2022 BMW M340i Trims and Configurations

The 2022 BMW M340i is a single standalone trim that stands at the top of the 3-series lineup and below the M3. The M340i is available in both RWD as well as AWD iterations with the same powertrain configuration. The M340i comes with a 3.0 L Inline-6 under the hood producing 382 hp and 368 lb-ft. The only transmission available is an 8-speed automatic and there is no manual option available.

The following table shows the detailed feature list of the M340i-

Trim

M340i/M340i xDrive

MSRP

$56,000 (RWD)

$58,000 (xDrive AWD)

Features

18" M Double-spoke bi-color orbit grey wheels, style 790M 

 

Shadowline exterior trim

 

Aerodynamic Kit

 

14-way power-adjustable sport bucket seats

 

3-spoke power telescopic, leather-wrapped, multi-function M sport steering wheel

 

Live Cockpit Professional with a 12.3" digital instrument cluster and 10.25" central information display

 

Optional 16-speakers Harman/Kardon sound system 

 

2-way power glass moonroof with "one-touch" operation and power interior sunshade

 

Available M Sport brakes with red calipers

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The M340i is a single trim with a single powertrain option. However, it can be chosen in either an RWD configuration or in an xDrive AWD version powering all four wheels. The M340i is a superb option in the segment as it comes with a powerful 3.0 L turbocharged Inline-6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. There are also many interiors, exterior, performance, and tech options available to equip in the M340i sedan. 

What to expect under the hood of the 2022 BMW M340i sedan?

The same 3-liter inline-6 motor with the BMW’s legendary TwinPower Turbo technology can be expected under its hood, which generates 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque. The hybrid motor which BMW has dropped for the outgoing M340i is more likely to feature in the upcoming model. BMW is planning to discontinue the manual transmission from the 3-series, which is quite unfortunate for manual lovers, so an 8-speed automatic is the only choice remaining which is likely to be offered with the M340i. 

All the power channeled through its 8-speed automatic is supplied to the rear wheels and the RWD can be expected as standard. However, you can also opt for its xDrive package at a price, to get its all-wheels powered. The 8-speed automatic transmission equipped in the M340i is impressively engineered and it delivers superb power at the right times through crisp shifts. The 2021 BMW M340i is a true champion on the performance front and it ticks almost all the boxes delivering an amazon product. The 2022 version is also expected to carry on the goodness with possible improvements. 

Models

2022 BMW M340i Sedan 

2021 Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic Sedan

2021 Audi S4 Premium Plus

2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

Base MSRP

$56,000

$56,000

$53,500

$55,850

Engine

3.0 L turbocharged inline-6

3.0 L twin-turbo V-6

3.0 L turbocharged V-6

3.0 L twin-turbo V-6

Drivetrain

RWD/AWD

AWD

AWD

RWD?AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

382 hp @ 5,800 rpm

385 hp @ 6,100 rpm

349 hp @ 5,400 rpm

400 hp @ 6,400 rpm

Torque

368 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

384 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,370 rpm

350 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

0-60 (Sec)

4.4

3.9

4.3

4.5

Quarter Mile (Sec)

12.9

12.4

12.8

13.0

All have the same capacity engine; however, the power churns by the Q50 Red Sport is the maximum, but it failed to achieve the quickest quarter-mile. The Mercedes-Benz AMG C 43 is the fastest among the competition. The power from the M340i is quite competitive, which can easily manage its sprint of 0-60 mph and quarter-mile run within 4.4 and 12.9 seconds respectively. It is not the fastest when it comes to outright sprint times, but what minimum it loses out in terms of speed, it contributes to the handling front in a much larger percentage.

How does the 2022 BMW M340i sedan handle?

The driving experience is one of the major highlights of BMW cars, and with the M340i, this driving pleasure will reach the next level. The sedan with the enthusiast engine also balances its body roll quite well and gives you extra confidence around the corners. And the x-Drive AWD of BMW further helps in better handling. Moreover, there are four driving modes on offer with it from which the ‘Sport+’ mode will better suit you if you plan to burn the tracks. 

The M340i also can be set up with an Adaptive M Suspension for better handling and ride comfort along with the M Sport Brakes which provides better-stopping power. The M340i is one of the most exceptional handling sedans in the segment offering impressive driving dynamics. BME even offers a cooling and high-performance tire package that enhances the cooling performance of the vehicle thereby delivering better performance. Overall the M340i is a sure winner in the handling segment. 

How many miles to the gallon will the 2022 BMW M340i deliver?

With the same engine, nothing different can be expected regarding the gas mileage. The current model is delivering a range of 23 miles per gallon of fuel in the city while providing 32 on the highways, which is more or less the same for the upcoming model as well. However, with its AWD variant, you can expect a drop of 1-2 MPG on both driving scenariosIt comes with a 15.6-gallon fuel capacity which because it has a good mpg figure, delivers a respectable range.

Model

2022 BMW M340i sedan (expected)

2021 Mercedes-AMG C-43

2021 Audi S4

2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

MPG (city)

23*

18

21

20

MPG (highway)

32*

27

30

26

MPG (combined)

26*

21

24

22

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

15.6*

17.4

15.2

20.0

Range (city/highway) (miles)

358/499/405

313/470/365

319/456/365

400/520/440

An excellent refinement of the motor of the M340i can be seen by glancing at the above table. The MPG figures of 22 in the city, 32 on the highway, and a combined value of 26 are the highest among the competitors. Moreover, the tank is of adequate size, which takes care of its range very well. This will be boosted much further if a hybrid option is available. The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport has the largest tank, which obviously has a much better range. The Mercedes offers the least efficient mpg figures among the competition.

What to expect from the 2022 BMW M340i sedan’s interior?

BMW always provides a cabin that is driver-centric with a high quality of materials and oodles of techs. And the upcoming model doesn’t likely to feature any major overhaul. As you open the door, it welcomes you with an M-performance aluminum scuff plate, and the interior totally signifies a performance car. The dashboard has an elegant design structure with five different trims available to choose from according to your likes, including Aluminum Tetragon and Open Pore Wood Oak Grain trims. The upholstery comes as standard in Sensatec leather whereas various options of Vernasca leather are also available.

The center area with the infotainment panel on the top is faced towards the driver at just a perfect angle, which makes it quite easy to browse. The 3-spoke steering is nicely wrapped in black leather with the M-badging at the bottom. However, you can find leathers all over the cabin. The sport bucket seats at the front feature 14-way power adjustments with 2 memory functions, and have excellent bolsters. Coming to the rear, this seat can easily accommodate 2 adults and a youngster in the middle, with an adequate amount of room for all. The cabin comes in a few color options and a few material options too. It also features an automatic 3-zone climate control system including micro-filter and automatic air recirculation.

Model

2022 BMW M340i sedan (expected)

2021 Mercedes-AMG C-43

2021 Audi S4

2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.7/56.0/42.0

37.1/55.3/41.7

37.3/55.9/41.3

39.5/56.7/44.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

37.6/54.6/35.2

37.1/55.0/35.2

37.4/54.5/35.7

36.8/56.1/35.1

Cargo Capacity (ft cu)

13.0

12.6

12.0

13.5

All the sedans have a sporty interior with superior material quality, while that of Infiniti with a lot of cluttered elements at the center console looks quite outdated. But a cargo volume of 13.5cu-ft. makes it quite practical as well. The Mercedes has a bit shorter headroom at the front, but at the rear, the Infiniti has the lowest headroom. The M340i offers sufficient interior space along with a pretty good cargo area. Some truly standout features on its interior are:

  • Aluminum accents on dash and door trim.
  • 14-way power-adjustable sport bucket seats
  • Standard Sensatec leather upholstery
  • Optional Vernasca leather upholstery in different color options
  • Cabin ambient lighting.
  • Heated and ventilated front seats.
  • Fully digital MID with different appearances for different drive modes.
  • 3-spoke power telescopic, leather-wrapped, multi-function M sport steering wheel

2022 BMW M340i: infotainment and connectivity features

BMW has upgraded its infotainment panel significantly in the last few years, which now looks more stylish with a lot of angled structure instead of a simple rectangular design which many automakers do. A 10.25-inch touchscreen display featuring the BMW iDrive 7.0 system is placed on top of the dash that is paired with a HiFi Sound System with a 205-watt digital amplifier and 10 speakers, which can also be upgraded to a 16-speakers Harman/Kardon premium audio system at extra cost.

The infotainment offers plenty of features as standard, and someone doesn’t really feel like upgrading it. It offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and SiriusXM radio, which remain some highlighted ones. It also supports voice command, but the major highlight is the gesture controls, which no one in the competition offers. It can also be controlled with the circular dial which is present beside the shift lever and it also comes with a handwriting recognition feature, which makes browsing much easier. Some of the noticeable features of its infotainment are:

  • Live Cockpit Professional with a 12.3" digital instrument cluster and 10.25" central information display
  • 16-speakers Harman/Kardon sound system (optional)
  • Gesture controls
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • SiriusXM with 360L + 1-year all-access subscription
  • Voice command recognition feature

Will there be any changes in the exterior of the 2022 BMW M340i sedan?

Well, the car doesn’t likely to feature any major modifications with its exterior, but whatever the design is, it is just fantastic. It looks elegant with just a required amount of cuts and creases, and the air vents are all genuine. The BMW’s signature kidney grille now comes with tri-arrow design elements and has active opening and closing when required. The headlights are very sleek and sharp with BMW’s laser light setup which added to its aggression. 

Coming to the wheels, it features 18-inches M-performance alloys in the gun-metal finish with all-season tires that have a significantly low profile, and the M-performance brake calipers truly stand out. There are also 10 other wheel options available to choose from in sizes of 18 and 19-inches. The side and rear are perfectly aligned with the front. From the rear as well, it looks quite aggressive. The bottom has thick black cladding which incorporates two exhausts at both ends. The same design philosophy is most likely to be in the upcoming model as well. Overall the M340i is a beautiful-looking sedan.

Model

2022 BMW M340i sedan (expected)

2021 Mercedes-AMG C-43

2021 Audi S4

2021 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3876*

3825

3847

3855

Length (in.)

185.7*

185.0

187.5

189.6

Width (in.)

71.9*

71.3

72.7

71.8

Height (in.)

56.4*

56.3

56.2

56.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.4*

3.5

5.0

4.8

Wheelbase (in.)

112.2*

111.8

111.0

112.2

Track Width (in.) F/R

62.2/61.8*

63.1/61.3

61.9/61.2

NA

All the specs of the M340i are very similar to the others, but the ground clearance of 5.4-inches offered by it is the highest among all, which will help in the bumpy roads. The M340i is also the heaviest among the competition, but the difference is not very significant. All of the cars in the comparison are on par with each other when it comes to exterior beauty. Notable exterior features of the M340i include-

  • 18" M Double-spoke bi-color orbit grey wheels, style 790M
  • 2-way power glass moonroof with "one-touch" operation and power interior sunshade
  • Aerodynamic Kit
  • M rear spoiler
  • 11 wheels options of 18 and 19-inch sizes

How safe would the 2022 BMW M340i be?

The M340i is equipped with an Active Protection System that detects chances for an accident and prepares the car. The system automatically pretends the safety belts, closes the windows and moonroof, and activates post-crash braking. The system also includes Fatigue and Focus Alert features. It also comes with an impact sensor that disconnects the alternator, fuel pump, and starter from the battery; automatically unlocks doors. The system also turns on hazard and interior lights. Further, the M340i sedan is also equipped with a set of safety features including the following ones-

  • Available M Sport brakes
  • Active Guard, with Frontal Collision Warning and Automatic City Collision Mitigation and Braking
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • LED Headlights with Cornering Lights
  • Automatic high beams

Will the 2022 BMW M340i sedan be worth it?

This sedan will definitely fulfill your demand for performance and comfort. The giant 3.0L turbocharged motor is capable of achieving 0-60 mph within 4.4 seconds and the structure gives a promising handling and driving experience. It offers all the features in the cabin that one would expect from it. And the exterior design philosophy just catches your attention. However, with the 2022 model, we can’t expect any major overhaul but it is well worth waiting for it.