BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine (Long Wheelbase) India Launch On 21 January

BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine (Long Wheelbase) India Launch On 21 January

BMW launched the 7th-gen 3 Series in India in August 2019. The carmaker is now gearing up to launch the stretched 3 Series -- Gran Limousine -- in the country. India will be the first right-hand-drive market to get the long-wheelbase model.

 

BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine

The 3 Series Gran Limousine is 120mm longer in length and 110mm longer in wheelbase compared to the standard model. The width remains unchanged at 1827mm. It won’t be easy to differentiate the two sedans when seen from the outside as there are no specific design changes save for the added length.

 

BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine

Length

4709mm

4829mm (+120mm)

Width

1827mm

1827mm

Height

1435mm

1463mm (+28mm)

Wheelbase

2851mm 

2961mm (+110mm)


Since the 3 Series Gran Limousine is just the LWB version, the cabin layout of the sedan remains identical to the standard version. The only difference is in the back seat where the long wheelbase version offers more legroom for rear occupants. 

In terms of features, the 3 Series Gran Limousine should be identical to the standard model. 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. 

BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine

Under the hood as well, the Gran Limousine is expected to replicate the standard car. The 3 Series 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.

The 3 Series Gran Limousine will cost a premium over the standard sedan, which is priced 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 is expected to 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 and upcoming cars like the Audi A4 facelift and the new-gen Volvo S60.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Saransh Goyal

He is an automobile engineer who likes to write. A born Tifosi, he follows Formula 1 and likes to keep up with upcoming technologies in the world of cars.

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