BMW Sixth Generation 3 Series
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BMW recently unveiled the sixth-generation version of its premium offering, The all-new 3 series. BMW’s competitors in the country had launched their latest offerings in the segment, the all new Mercedes C Class and the all-new Audi A4 and it was about time BMW responded with its all-new avatar.

The latest offering was unveiled by none other than Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary sportsman, at an exclusive launch event.

The all-new BMW 3 Series will be produced (CKD - Completely Knocked Down) at BMW’s Chennai plant.

Since its inception, the BMW 3 series has not only been the segment leader, but also been one of the most successful of the BMW offerings in the country. BMW hopes that with this new sixth generation 3 series, the company can maintain its supremacy in the segment.

The all-new BMW 3 Series is available in two trims – Sport Line and Luxury Line, both true to their name.

The all-new BMW 3 Series is available in two engine options. A diesel (BMW 320d) and petrol variant (BMW 328i). The all India ex-showroom prices are as follows –

BMW 320d: INR 28,90,000, Sport Line: INR 31,50,000, Luxury Line: INR 31,50,000,
Luxury Plus: INR 36,90,000

BMW 328i Sport Line: INR 37,90,000

Colors available: Alpine White and Melbourne Red as non-metallic colors and Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver, Havanna, Imperial Blue Brilliant Effect and Mineral Grey as metallic colors.

All new design ground up, the all-new BMW 3 Series is the first model to feature the striking new design language; with classic BMW double round headlights, now topped off by 'eyebrows’, reaching the edge of the kidney grille. The wide stance and striking corona rings in headlights give extra intensity to the classic BMW focused look and a more impressive on-road presence. But it is the sum of all details – the short overhangs, the long wheelbase, the coupe-like roofline and the distinctive side creases – that creates the exemplary sporting appeal.

The all-new BMW 3 Series is longer by 93mm and has a wheelbase that is broader by 50mm which the company claims to have passed on directly to the rear passenger in the form of more leg room. Behind the fully contoured front seats, 14 mm of additional knee room and 8 mm of extra headroom further enhance the passenger’s comfort. The volume of the luggage compartment has been increased by 20 litres to a total of 480 litres.

The cockpit is angled towards the driver by seven degrees and puts all the important controls within easy reach. Seats in the all-new BMW 3 Series are electrically adjustable on both the driver and front seat passenger sides.

The BMW iDrive (the on-board Driver Information System) with 6.5 inch high-resolution display and BMW Radio Professional are featured as standard in the all-new BMW 3 Series. BMW Navigation Professional (integrated Global Positioning System - GPS), with an 8.8-inch high-resolution display and rear-view camera debut in the all-new BMW 320d Luxury Plus and all-new BMW 328i Sport Line. The full-color Head-Up Display in the all-new BMW 328i Sport Line projects driving information directly into the driver’s field of vision without diverting driver’s attention from the road ahead. This is a first in this segment!

Owing to its new engines, the all-new BMW 328i accelerates from 0-100 km/hr in 6.1 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/hr and the all-new BMW 320d accelerates from 0-100 km/hr in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 235 km/hr. BMW EfficientDynamics doubles also sports features such as Auto Start-Stop, ECO PRO mode, Brake-Energy Regeneration, Intelligent Lightweight Construction, Electronic Power Steering, 50:50 Weight Distribution and many other innovative technologies.

All models of the all-new BMW 3 Series also feature the new ECO PRO mode as standard, enabling efficient driving and reduced fuel consumption. Using the Driving Experience Control switch, the driver is able to choose between different driving modes to suit the driving conditions. (ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport+). *Sports+ available only in the new BMW 328i Sport Line. These modes were all available only in the 5 series onwards or the X3 onwards!

The new eight-speed automatic transmission performs smooth, almost imperceptible gear shifts. At any time, in any gear, the transmission collaborates perfectly with the engine, enabling it to develop its full power and efficiency. The all-new BMW 328i Sport Line also features Shift Paddles for facilitating more convenient manual gear shifts.

Wish the flappy paddle gear shifts were part of all the Sport Line variants! Await a detailed road test of the vehicle on petrolheads.in. Can’t wait to get our hands on this new offering!