- BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo India launch takes place
- BMW 320d GT goes on sale for a price of INR 42,75,000
We are reporting LIVE from Auto Expo 2014 and the new BMW 320d Gran Turismo has just been launched in India at a price of INR 42.75 lakhs. Locally produced at the BMW Plant Chennai, the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will be available at BMW dealerships across the country from March 2014.
The new BMW 3 series GT is essentially a longer, wider and taller version of the 3 series that promises the interior space of a 5 series, the versatility of an X3 and the relative compactness of a 3-series saloon. Also, the wheelbase of the BMW 3 Series GT is 110mm longer than the saloon, which translates to much more legroom for the rear seat. he boot opens like a notch-back and is also bigger and electrically operatable. The rear seats can be split 40:20:40 and folded down to increase the already sufficient boot space to a enormous 1600 litres.
Powering the 3 GT is a 2.0 litre BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine that has a max power of 135 kW/184 hp and an impressive torque of 380 Nm. The company claims that the sprint from 0 to 100 km/hr takes 7.9 seconds and top speed is 226 km/h.
Among the new features introduced for the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is the active rear spoiler, which is automatically deployed at 110 km/h and retracted at speeds below 70 km/h. When deployed at high speeds, the spoiler increases downforce on the rear axle and ensures perfect directional stability when driving fast. As a positive side-effect, the spoiler also enhances aerodynamics and reduces the drag coefficient.
Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “The all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is a completely new vehicle concept in its class that combines coupé elegance with spaciousness. Adding a unique and distinctive model variant to BMW’s product line-up, it blends the BMW 3 Series Sedan’s dynamic, sporting genes with the practicality and versatility of the Touring. Impressive spaciousness, together with a high seating position, makes the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo perfect for long trips. With countless innovations and thoughtful details, the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo presents a new stylistic assurance around the use of space, boasts a distinctive presence on the road and offers similarly pronounced driving pleasure. No other vehicle can support business, leisure and sports activities with such natural ease.”