The new 3 Series looks unmistakably a BMW, but gets a fresh front and rear design
Likely to be available with both petrol and diesel engine options in India
It will come with a new digital intstrument cluster
Shutterbugs have caught the upcoming seventh-gen BMW 3 Series undergoing testing in India. It was caught doing the rounds while undergoing ARAI testing during fuel efficiency tests for ARAI.
Compared to the previous generation, the new 3 Series has grown bigger. It is 76mm longer and 37mm wider and the wheelbase is also up by 41mm. Bigger exterior dimensions might also result in more cabin space compared to the outgoing version. Despite the increase in size, the new 3 Series has shed 55kg of weight over its predecessor. The 3 Series gets a new front and rear design and looks sharper than before. Interested to find out exactly how different the new 3 Series is compared to the old model?
The dashboard layout of the new 3 Series is not significantly different than the older model, but gets slight revisions nonetheless. One of the biggest changes on the inside is the inclusion of BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which includes - a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen. It is optional on the 3 Series, but there's a standard 8.8-inch infotainment system screen on offer too. It is controlled by BMW’s i-Drive system and Gesture Controls will work as well.
BMW is likely to offer the 3 Series in India with both petrol &and diesel engines paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine is likely to be a 2.0-litre unit and the variant on offer in that case will be the 320d.
The petrol engine will, in all likelihood, be a 2.0-litre unit also. It’s available overseas in two states of tune: 184PS (320i) and 258PS (330i). It remains to be seen which tune BMW opts to offer in India.
Expect the new 3 Series to be launched in India in 2019. Pricing is likely to remain between Rs 40 lakh and Rs 50 lakh. The new BMW 3 Series will go up against the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Volvo S60 and Jaguar XE.
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