BMW has started accepting pre-launch bookings for the long-wheelbase version of the 3 Series sedan for a token amount of Rs 50,000. Christened the 3 Series Gran Limousine, the sedan is scheduled to go on sale on 21 January 2021.
In order to reward the early movers, BMW is offering a complimentary BMW Comfort Package worth Rs 1 lakh on pre-booking the sedan. It includes coat hanger and a 10.9 inch iPad AIR, prefixed in the vehicle. This offer is valid till the stocks last and for bookings done before 21st January 2021, 12 PM.
In terms of dimension, the 3 Series Gran Limousine is 120mm longer than the standard 3 Series and also has a 110mm longer wheelbase. It is also a tad taller. The width, however, remains unchanged at 1827mm. On the inside, while the layout remains unchanged, only change comes at the rear as it offers 43mm more legroom for the rear occupants.
On the features front, it is likely to remain identical to the standard sedan. It gets features such as LED headlamps, ambient lighting, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and gesture control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof, 3-zone climate control, parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, multiple airbags and cruise control with braking function.
Similarly, under the hood as well, the Gran Limousine will share its engines with the standard 3 Series. It is offered with both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engine is a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit making 258PS and 400Nm. The diesel engine is also a 2.0-litre unit making 190PS and 400Nm. Both the engines are mated to an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
Prices of the 3 Series Gran Limousine are expected to start at a premium over the standard sedan, which retails from Rs 42.30 lakh to Rs 49.30 lakh (ex-showroom India). It will be slotted between the 3 Series and the 5 Series sedan in BMW’s India lineup. It will replace the 3 Series GT, which retails at Rs 42.50 lakh. The 3 Series Gran Limousine doesn’t have any direct rivals in the Indian market but if priced aggressively, it will give the 3 Series an edge over its rivals like the Mercedes Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE, Audi A4 facelift and the upcoming new-gen Volvo S60.