German luxury automaker BMW has finally taken the wraps off the next generation 3- Series sedan at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The automaker had teased the upcoming sedan earlier in a video and the sedan now features advanced tech features, added equipment and a refreshed styling as well as shares the same platform as the elder siblings, the 5 and 7-series sedans.
To be introduced as an all-new sedan, the 2019 BMW 3-Series will be larger as well as 55 kg lighter than the outgoing model. The luxurious sedan will now measure 4,709 mm in length, 1,827 mm wide and 1,442 mm in height making it 85 mm longer, 15 mm wider and 1 mm taller than the predecessor. The wheelbase will also be grown by 41 mm to stand at 2,851 mm. this will enable more space inside the cabin as well as more legroom for the passengers.
In terms of designing, the next generation 3- Series will offer refreshed design updates. The sedan will be the first model to feature BMW's ‘Precision and Poetry' design language offering sharper lines, updated overall bodywork and panels to give the car much sportier look compared to the outgoing model and sharp character and contour lines, running across the length of the car. The features at the exterior include much sharper and wider single-frame BMW signature kidney grille with new full-LED headlights and hexagonal DRL. The adaptive LED headlamps with Laser light technology as well as the larger 19- inch alloy wheels will also be offered as an optional feature. The rear of the 3- Series features newly-designed L-shaped taillights running into the boot-lid as standard across the variants, while the top-spec M-Sport package also comes with a small integrated spoiler on the boot with updated dual-exhaust tailpipes.
Moving towards the interior, the luxurious sedan will be offered with a number of additional features. The features include an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that can be upgraded to a 10.25-inch unit and a 12.3-inch digital cockpit – for the first time in the 3- Series, while the infotainment unit can be controlled via the iDrive wheel or through voice and gesture commands. However, in India BMW is likely to offer the 3 Series with a single screen size across all variants.
Talking about the other features, the luxurious sedan will come fully packed with safety and driver assist features such as safety and driver assist features, adaptive cruise control, stop/go function, steering and lane control assist and side collision alerts along with standard features including LED headlights, alloy wheels, three-zone climate control and reversing camera.
The all- new BMW 3- Series will be offered with two diesel and one petrol variant- 320d, 320d xDrive and the 330i. While the four cylinder 320d comes with a 2.0-litre diesel unit producing 187 bhp and 400 Nm of torque, the four cylinder 320d xDrive comes with a higher state-of-tune, churning out 263 bhp and 580 Nm of torque and the four cylinder 330i petrol engine features a 2.0-litre unit producing 255 bhp and 400 Nm of peak torque. All the three engines are mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard and will further be available in three trim levels- SE, Sport and M-Sport. Other than this, BMW is likely to introduce a 330e plug-in hybrid variant of the 3- Series at a later stage. The 330e will come with a 2.0-litre petrol engine along with an electric motor. The electric motor alone will be capable to produce an additional 87 bhp, with a range of 60 km in all-electric mode for the sedan.
The automaker is all set to launch the 3- Series in various international markets on March 9 next year, starting from the UK market at a starting price of GBP 33,610 (around Rs 31.93 lakh) exclusive of taxes. For the Indian market, the sedan is expected to be launched later sometime in 2019. When launched, the new 3-series will take on the likes Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and the Jaguar XE. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming BMW 3- Series in the Indian market.