Spied: New BMW 3 Series Ahead Of Launch In India
German luxury automaker BMW is ready with a number of big launches in the year. One of them is the next- gen 3- series that is undergoing testing on the Indian roads. The automaker had unveiled the car few days ago at the Paris Motor Show. Recently, the luxury vehicle has been spied testing in the country for the first time. It is said to be undergoing ARAI homologation ahead of launch.
The production- spec showcased at the 2018 Paris Motor Show is 76 mm longer and 41 mm increased wheelbase compared to the existing model on sale in India. Though bigger in dimension, the model is lighter than the outgoing model by 55 kilograms courtesy of the lightweight CLAR platform. The exterior is aerodynamically optimized for lower drag co- efficient of 0.26 with styling changes. The 2019 BMW 3- Series has updated kidney grille and is sharper than ever before. New bonnet lines, stretched back LED headlamps and the more chiseled side profile than the outgoing model are the prominent features at the exterior. At the rear, the new 3- Series has a more pronounced tail lamp cluster with more aggressive bumper and dual exhaust system complementing the overall look of the 7th gen 3- Series. Looking at the car, we can surely say that BMW has followed with the latest 5- Series and 7- Series as well but the interpretation here is sharper.
While BMW has updated the exterior of the upcoming 3- Series with some features, but the major changes can be seen at the interior of the car. The repositioned 8.8- inch infotainment system and 5.7- inch digital instrument display is offered as standard, on the other hand, the 12.3- inch digital instrument display can be chosen optionally. Other than these, the infotainment system now comes with a voice- assisted, AI- enabled system like Mercedes' MBUX interface. The safety and driver assistance software is available as is a GPS-enabled eight speed automatic gearbox, while the adaptive suspension and xDrive AWD are optional extras.
Mechanically, BMW will offer five engine options at launch internationally, including the most popular engine option for India, the 2.0- litre turbocharged diesel motor that will now produce up to 187 bhp of power and 400 Nm of peak torque. Offered with the 320d, the engine is capable of doing 100 kmph from standstill in 6.8 seconds. Other engine options are the 318d which makes 148 Pbhp and the 330d uses a 3.0 litre straight six diesel motor to make 263 bhp. The two petrol options are the 320i which makes 183 bhp from a 2.0 litre four cylinder and the 330i which puts out 257 bhp and 400 Nm again from the same basic motor. In India, the 2019 BMW 3-Series will be available with two diesel and one petrol variant - 320d, 320d xDrive and 330i. The three variants will further be available in three trim levels: SE Sport and M Sport.
The sedan will come in as CKD, to be assembled at the company plant in Chennai. Expected to be priced in between Rs 40 lakh- Rs 50 lakh, ex- showroom, the unofficial pre- bookings have opened at dealership levels for the next- gen BMW 3- Series. The manufacturer has still not announced the official date of launch, but the car is likely to be launched somewhere around June or July 2019. When launched, the seventh- gen BMW 3- Series will take against the likes of the Mercedes- Benz C- Class and the Audi A4. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming 2019 BMW 3- Series in India.
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