The BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine will be launched in India tomorrow. A long-wheelbase version of the current generation 3 Series, it replaces the GT version and will be offered in two trim levels across two engine options.
This long-wheelbase 3 Series will be sold alongside the regular 3 Series and rival the likes of the Jaguar XE, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4 in the entry-level of premium sedan segment. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 44 lakh to Rs 49 lakh.
The 3 Series Gran Limousine gets an additional 110mm in its wheelbase as compared to the standard 3 Series making it the longest car in the segment. It will be offered here in the 320Ld Luxury Line, 330Li Luxury Line and the 330Li M-Sport (First Edition) trim levels. Both engines are 2.0-litre twin-turbo units with the diesel producing 190bhp/400Nm and the petrol having an output of 258bhp/400Nm. An eight-speed AT sending power to the rear wheels is common for both cars.
The car is powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel producing 190bhp and 400Nm of torque with power going to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic. This new-gen 3 Series is underpinned by BMW’s CLAR platform making it lighter yet stronger, and more rigid than the previous generation car. The engine is a legend in BMW’s stable powering a whole host of vehicles for ages across generations of cars.
Step on the gas and go past the 2,000rpm mark, the turbo spools up giving you a nice powerful punch as you gain speed. BMW claims a 0-100kmph time of 7.6 seconds which is quite impressive considering the size of the car and the engine. Staying there is not too difficult either as you have ample punch to keep your pace constant.