BMW India launched the new 3 series about a week prior to the Auto Expo. Even so, the model was showcased at the BMW pavilion at the 2016 Auto Expo which took place at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida. The German automobile manufacturer launched the new 3 series with only one diesel engine option and added that the petrol variant would be launched later in the year. The new 3 series comes with a price tag starting at Rs. 35.9 lakhs (Ex-Showroom,Delhi).
The re-designed long bonnet of the new 3 Series and its set-back passenger compartment creates even better dynamic proportions. The revised LED headlights and LED fog lights underline the sporting appearance of the sedan. The LED indicators highlight the twin headlight arrangement and create a link between the headlight unit and the signature kidney grille. The rear lights are full LED units arranged in an ‘L’ shape and are heavily curved lending a dynamic presence to the rear end of the car. The broader side air intakes along with newly designed front and rear bumper with line elements express the broad stance of the vehicle. The M Sport version, available in an exclusive shade of Estoril Blue Metallic reinforces the character of the 3 Series.
The new 3 Series Sedan with Sport Line sets clear visual accents. Its design features reinforced high-gloss black for a sporty look. The kidney grille slats in high-gloss black produce an athletic effect for the front end. On the inside, contrasts between black and red express BMW athleticism: red contrast rings on the round gauges of the instrument panel, including sporting chrono scaling, red contrast stitching on the sports steering wheel and a basic decorative trim strip in high-gloss black with coral red accentuated strip. Additional upholstery options are also available with Sport Line. As a distinctive feature of the Sport Line, the vehicle key is designed in black with a red decorative strip.
The new 3 Series Luxury Line is known for its classic and elegant design. The design elements made of high-gloss chrome unit are characteristics of the individual features of the line. As a distinctive feature of the Luxury Line, the vehicle key is designed in black with a chrome-plated decorative strip.
The M Sport version elevates the new 3 series to a new level. The M Sport variant is equipped with the M aerodynamic package, an M leather steering wheel, front sports seats and driving experience control switch with an additional Sport+ mode. It also features the BMW navigation system and full colour BMW heads-up display which projects vital driving information into the driver’s line of sight. The M Sport variant is also available in the new leather upholstery options with accents.
The interior reflects the elegance of the new 3 Series model range. The cockpit’s driver focus orientation is a feature designed to provide access to all the controls for a sense of comfort. The seats in the new 3 Series are electrically adjustable on both the driver and front seat passenger sides. The ergonomics, according to the company, have been improved further with chrome highlights, high-gloss surfaces and ambient lighting.
The new BMW 320d comes with the twin power turbo diesel engine. The combination of common rail direct injection and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry makes the 320d deliver a power output of 140 kW / 190 hp. High torque of 400 Nm is available at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm. The new 320d accelerates to 100 kmph in 7.2 seconds with the ability to achieve a top speed of 230 kmph. The new eight-speed automatic transmission, according to BMW, performs smooth gear shifts. The new BMW 3 Series Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport feature Shift Paddles for facilitating more convenient manual gear shifts.
Efficient Dynamics of the new BMW 3 Series include features such as Auto Start-Stop, ECO PRO mode, Brake-Energy Regeneration, Intelligent Lightweight Construction, Electronic Power Steering, 50:50 Weight Distribution and other innovative technologies. Using the driving experience control switch, the driver can choose between different driving modes to suit the driving conditions (ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport+).
Following are the all India prices (Ex-Showroom, Delhi) for the diesel variants of the new BMW 3 series:
BMW 320d Prestige : INR 35, 90,000
BMW 320d Sport Line (Navigation) : INR 41, 50,000
BMW 320d Luxury Line (Navigation) : INR 41, 50,000
BMW 320d M Sport : INR 44, 50,000
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