The seventh generation BMW 3-series is all-new with several changes and upgradations. We have compiled you all the highlights of this brand-new BMW 3-Series.
BMW has launched the all-new 3-series in India today. The 3-series is now in its seventh generation and it boasts of a whole lot of changes from the model it replaces. It comes with refreshed styling, brand new interior design language and new set of engines as well. So we have compiled you a list of all the highlights of the all-new seventh generation BMW 3-Series.
In terms of design, the new BMW 3-series is much sharper and bolder than before. The grille seems to be inspired from the 8-series and has certainly grown larger at that. There are new LED headlamps with L-shaped DRLs and a rather interesting kink in the headlamp cluster which immediately sets is apart. It also feature’s BMW laser light technology.
The signature Hofmeister kink continues in the new 3-series as well but in the C-pillar instead of the doors. Another interesting feature is self-levelling hub caps on the wheels, much like Rolls-Royce cars. At the rear, the tail lights have been redesigned and they look similar to the one on the 5-series.
On the inside, the new BMW 3-series adopts the latest BMW interior design language with the best of materials being used. The interiors are one of the biggest highlights of the new BMW 3-series 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. The center console in the 3-series remains identifiable though. It is also more practical than before with better space management and offers 11 mm more legroom with improved head and shoulder room at the rear.
Features and Teachnology
The cabin now gets an all-digital instrument console with a HUD, memory seats, electric sunroof, keyless entry, 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation and BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant. This time, BMW is also offering BMW Live Cockpit Professional with the 3 Series as optional. It includes a fully digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch Infotainment screen.
As for other technology highlights that the 3-Series boasts of, it gets Ambient lighting, Harman Kardon surround sound system with 16 speakers, Collision and Pedestrian Warning with Braking function and Lane Departure Warning system, Parking Assistant with automated longitudinal and lateral guidance, Reversing Assistant, parking sensors, rear view camera and 360-degree cameras and much more. It even comes with a digital key as an option with a little screen where you can perform minor functions as well.
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.
The BMW 3-Series has also been introduced with a plug-in hybrid engine internationally and that too will make it to our shores sometime next time. Also, there will be an M version of the 3-series which will come with a bigger 6-cylinder engine but that’s still some time away to come to us.
Price 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. The BMW 3-Series takes on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Audi A4 and the Jaguar XE.