BMW India has launched the new 3 Series at Rs 41.40 lakh, ex-showroom. This is the seventh generation model and is built on a new CLAR platform. There are three trims levels and two engines to choose from. The BMW 3 Series is locally assembled at the company’s Chennai facility. The company says that the 2019 BMW 3 Series is lighter than before but has got more space due to the longer wheelbase. One can also see the bigger headlamps as well as the elongated grille. The bumpers too are bigger than before and there is a meaner appearance overall to the car. In fact, this should be the best looking entry-level luxury sedan in the market today. We love the way the tail lamps have been done too.
Tell me more about the engine options of the 2019 BMW 3 Series
BMW is using the same 2.0-litre petrol as well as diesel engines from the previous model. This means a 260PS/400Nm turbo petrol engine and a 190PS/400Nm diesel. Both these engines will be available with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Expect 0-100kmph times of less than 8s for both the engines. BMW offers paddle shifters with petrol variant only. There are modes to choose from – ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+.
Let’s talk about the cabin opulence. A 5.7-inch digital instrument cluster has been added and it looks awesome. Complementing it is the 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that boasts Apple CarPlay connectivity. The seats have electric adjustment with memory function. Steering mounted controls too are on offer along with cruise button. The rear seat comfort too has gone up and this can actually be a chauffeur-driven car. BMW has also increased the boot space and it can comfortably hold a couple of big suitcases.
BMW has ensured that the chassis rigidity has gone up while the weight distribution is 50:50. This ensures that this rear-wheel driven sedan should be fun around twisties. There are a host of driver aids to ensure that things fall within the safety range.