The all-new BMW 3 series is a whole lot different than the one it replaces and so we have drawn a comparison of the old vs new BMW 3-series.
BMW has launched the all-new 3-series sedan in India today at a price of… This is the seventh generation of the BMW 3-series and it is a whole lot different than the model it replaces. It might take a trained eye to visually tell the two cars apart but its just not the design, but several other things under the skin that have also changed. So we have drawn up a list here to tell you about all the differences of the BMW 3-Series old vs new.
While the new BMW 3-series retains its characteristic look and is immediately identifiable as a 3-series, the differences are not too subtle. The face gets a much aggressive bumper with larger air-dams compared to the more sober one on the outgoing 3-series. The grille has also been redesigned and is larger and more flared than before.
The headlamps get new signatuire DRLs and there’s now a kink on the headlamp unit which looks quite quirky. The side profile remains the same but it gets new wheels and at the rear, the 3-series gets new tail lamps and a redesigned bumpers as well. The car has also grown bigger in dimensions in every way but it is still 55 kgs ligher than the outgoing model.
It is on the inside that the new BMW 3-series gets the most noticeable updates. The last-gen 3-series interiors was starting to show its age because it had largely remained the same since 2012. BMW has completely changed their interior design language and it feels much more contemporary and sophisticated now.
For starters, the infotainment screen is now integrated into the dashboard with an all-digital instrument cluster for the driver. The previous-gen 3-series got a floating infotainment screen. The AC vents and climate control stack has also been completely redesigned and the cabin feels much premium and richer than before. Considering the increase in dimensions, there will be more space available on the inside too.
The new BMW 3-Series gets two engine options – a petrol and a diesel. The 2.0-litre, turbocharged petrol puts out 258hp and 400Nm of peak torque. As for the diesel engine, that’s also a 2.0L, turbocharged engine which puts out 190hp and 400Nm of peak torque. Both engines come mated to a 8-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox as standard.
In comparison to the previous-gen model, that too came with a 2.0L petrol and diesel engine but the numbers have improved since then. The petrol motor churned out 252 bhp and 350 Nm of torque while the diesel put out 188 bhp and 400 Nm of torque. While the diesel engine has improved marginally, the petrol engine is a little more powerful and has more torque than before
Pricing and Variants
The all-new BMW 3-Series has a starting price of Rs. 41.40 lakhs. It will essentially be available in three trim levels – the 320d Sport, the 320d Luxury Line and the 330i M Sport. The 320d Sport is the base version with the price tag of Rs. 41.40 lakhs, the 320d Luxury line has been priced at Rs 46.90 lakh and the top-spec 330i M Sport has been priced at Rs 47.90 lakh, all prices ex-showroom. In comparison, the previous 3-series range in the price bracket of Rs. 39.8 – 47.3 Lakhs, ex-showroom. The previous gen 3-Series also had a base Prestige trim which has been discontinued.