The 7-th Gen BMW 3 Series to Launch in India on August 21
The 7th-gen BMW 3 series is all set to replace the grand old sixth-generation model in India on August 21. The brand-new 3 Series is part of the 12 launches BMW has lined up for India in 2019 and will be preceded by the launch of the range-topping X7 SUV and 7 Series facelift on July 25.
Underpinned by the same Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform as the 5 and 7 Series, the new 3 Series (which has been codenamed G20) is bigger and lighter than its predecessor. On the outside, the basic silhouette of the 3 remains, apart from a marginally elongated glasshouse, leading to a less-pronounced ‘three-box’ silhouette. L-shaped LED daytime running lights replace the round ones, the kidney grille is bigger, the thick shoulder line runs above the door handles rather than through them, and the L-shaped tail-lights are almost rectangular.
The new 3 Series also has exactly the same interior space as the sixth-gen version. BMW has said that customers looking for more interior space prefer to move up to a 5 Series. However, it definitely is practical with the rear seats getting a 40:20:40 split as standard, more storage spaces on the inside and a reshaped boot – with the same size at 480 litres.
The new 3 Series gets an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, with a bigger 10.25-inch unit available as an option. It is controlled via BMW’s latest iDrive system, which can be controlled via the rotary dial, touchpad, touchscreen, voice commands or gesture control. Even lower trims will likely get a reverse camera, LED headlights and three-zone auto climate control. On higher variants, the car now gets a digital instrument cluster, which retains a ‘two dial’ configuration but can also display a host of other information at the centre.
For India, BMW might carry a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol in the 330i – but with a bit more power and torque, now up to 258hp and 400Nm, respectively – and a 2.0-litre diesel in the 320d, producing 190hp and 400Nm of torque. Also making the transition is the 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Consumers can expect the 2019 BMW 3 Series’ price range to start at Rs. 41 lakh for the base diesel, and go up to Rs 48.5 lakh for the top-of-the-line petrol (all prices, ex-showroom).
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