BMW has been making the 3 Series since 1975, and it has always been touted to be “The Go Car” for driving enthusiasts and car enthusiasts alike. Six Generations and even after 40+ years of its existence, “Sheer Driving Pleasure” is a tag line the 3 Series has hold on to, tightly.
BMW Showcased the Seventh Generation 3 Series, code named as G20, globally at Paris Auto Show last year. And finally today BMW India has launched the car in India. With every generation change, right from the first generation which was launched in 1975, till date, that is it out going generation, the sixth one, BMW only bettered and bettered their 3, dynamically. Whether it holds true for this seventh generation, while we may not be able to tell you now, but what we can definitely tell is, that the incoming car looks out and out sharper and chiseled as compared to the outgoing 3 Series, and the good news is, it has grown in size too.
Now shall we quickly have a look at the car.
Thankfully, in the era of bigger grilles that BMW is after, this one comes as a refreshing break from them. In our opinion the kidney grille on the new three is far more proportional and chiseled to give the car an aggressive and prominent stance from the front. The all LED headlights have become sharper and bumper get aggressive skirts housing LED Fog-lights. The top spec M Sport Variants to sport Laser lights, just like the eldest sibling the X7.
Moving to the sides, there are too many lines and cut aways, which give dominating stance and the traditional hofmeister kink which is a BMW Trademark is present, but has gone 3D now.
Speaking about 3D, even the taillights now get a 3D finish and in our opinion they look fabulous when lit as they are all LED.
The new 3 series is 76 mm longer and 16 mm wider than before, that adds to the an improved space on the inside. Owning to a longer wheelbase, we are expecting the car to have a better space at the rear, as compared to the outgoing car. A constant point of complain, the earlier generation customers always had.
Moving on the inside, the interiors feel fresh and a pleasant departure from the earlier design language. The centre console comes with 10.25 inch HD Display and the driver console is all virtual display too, much like the all new X5 and the X7. The car comes with virtual assistant which can pretty much be used for getting most of the things done in and around the car. Traditionally the dash of any BMW cars are known to be titled towards the driver, and this one is no exception. But one thing that immediately strikes you, is the ease of reaching buttons around the dashboard. The buttons are well laid out and ergonomically perfect.
As mentioned earlier, the car has grown in size, and one thing you immediately notice when you move at the rear is the legroom and headroom. It has immensely improved over the sixth generation, something the chauffeur driven customers will love.
At launch BMW has launched the new 3 with choice of petrol engines as well as diesel engines and three variants amongst them. Below are the details around the same.
For starters, the Diesel comes in two variants, with a two litre diesel, pumping out identical figures as earlier, 190 PS and 400 NM of Torque. Available in sportline and luxuryline variants to start with, M Sport Variant will follow soon. Petrol for now is launched only in one variant-the M Sport variant, and it churns 258 HP of power and similar 400 NM of torque. No prizes for guessing which one is a faster car of the lot.
Priced at lacs INR 41.40 lacs ex-showroom in India for the 320D Sportline variant and at INR 47.90 lacs for the top of the line M Sport 330i petrol, BMW has started accepting the orders for the car, and we think, right now, with the seventh generation 3 Series entering india, Thrill in the segment has just begun.