German luxury automaker BMW has brought the next-gen 3-series in India. The luxury sedan has been spotted testing on the outskirts of Pune ahead of its public debut at next month’s Paris Motor show 2018. Though the spied model was heavily camouflaged, but it seems to be equipped with emission testing gear according to the upcoming BS-VI norms that will come into effect from April 2020 in the country. Codenamed as G20, the upcoming BMW 3-series has been spied testing in India for the first time.
The new BMW 3-series is based on the CLAR platform with the rear-wheel drive system and comes with an extensive use of aluminium making the car 55 kg lighter than its predecessor. The new car is also expected to offer more premiumness in terms of its handling. With 50:50 weight distribution between its front and rear wheels, BMW has also reduced the centre of gravity by 10 mm. Also, the new 3-series is also expected to feature lift-related dampers, reducing vibrations during cornering as well.
The spied vehicle revealed the L-shaped tail lights - a characteristic of BMW cars riding on multi-spoke alloy wheels. It also shows slimmer ORVMs and a shark fin antenna, while the rear suggests that it could be on an emissions testing run. The seventh-generation 3-series sedan is expected to come powered by a 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder turbocharged engine. This engine is rumored to produce 355 BHP and 502 Nm of torque that is likely to be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. BMW is also likely to introduce diesel and plug-in hybrid models of the 3-series followed by an electric version at a later stage.
However for the Indian market, the luxurious sedan is expected to be offered with petrol and diesel engine options. However, BMW has not confirmed regarding the launch of the next- gen 3-series in the Indian market but since the vehicle has been spied testing in the country, only the official confirmation remains to be made. When launched, the sedan will rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE and the Audi A4. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming seventh- generation BMW 3-series in India.