BMW has introduced a new entry-level 330i Sport variant for the 3-series petrol lineup in India for a price of Rs 41.70 lakh. The previous diesel Sport variant has been discontinued.
BMW has silently launched a new entry-level Sport variant to petrol lineup of the 3-series in India. The new BMW 330i Sport has been launched for a price of Rs 41.70 lakh (ex-showroom, India). This base Sport trim was previously only available with the 2.0L diesel engine on the 3-series. This combination however has now been discontinued. Moreover, BMW has also bumped the price of the entire 3-series range in India by Rs 60,000 for the 2020 model year. The new 330i Sport trim is yet to reach dealerships.
Here’s a detailed price list of all the variants of the 2020 BMW 3-Series in India :
|Variants||2020 Price||2019 Price|
|330i Sport||Rs 41.70 lakh|
|330i M Sport||Rs 48.50 lakh||Rs 47.90 lakh|
|320d Sport||Rs 41.40 lakh|
|320d Luxury Line||Rs 47.50 lakh||Rs 46.90 lakh|
With this new Sport variant with the petrol powertrain, the base price for the BMW 3-series has gone up by Rs 30,000. The 3-Series is currently in its seventh-generation in India and it was launched just last year in the country. The luxury sedan is either powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine (330i) or a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine (320d). The former produces 258bhp while the latter makes 190bhp. Both the engines come mated to an 8-speed torque converter gearbox with power being sent to the rear wheels.
The base Sport variant comes with safety features that includes six airbags, ABS, ESC, traction control, Isofix child seat anchors and a tyre pressure monitoring system. On the front of convenience features, it covers the basics with launch control, cruise control, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 3-zone climate control, powered front seats, paddleshifters, sunroof and an 8.8-inch touchscreen.
The base 330i Sport is cheaper than the top-spec M Sport variant of the petrol 3-Series by Rs 6.80 lakhs. While that’s a significant gap, the lower variant also misses out on quite some cool features such as ambient lighting, sport seats at the front, Apple CarPlay, wireless smartphone charging, digital instrument cluster, a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen and parking assistant. This variant also gets a different design for the bumpers which are more simple looking and the alloy wheels also get a simpler design and are a touch small as they are 17-inch units.
The BMW 3-Series competes in India with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-class, Audi A4, Jaguar XE and the upcoming new Volvo S60. The Mercedes C-Class starts from Rs 40.9 lakhs and goes up to Rs 48.17 lakhs. The Audi A$ is meanwhile priced between Rs 41.49 lakhs – Rs 46.96 lakhs and lastly, the Jaguar XE is priced from Rs 44.98 lakhs – Rs 46.33 lakhs.