The seventh-generation BMW 3 Series is finally here, and the car takes the baton ahead from the F30 (sixth-gen) as the executive sports sedan from the Bavarian carmaker. The new 3 Series is available in three trims and has been priced between Rs 41.40 lakhs to Rs 47.90 lakhs (ex-showroom India). Although we have detailed the 3 Series already, here's a quick lowdown on the top five highlights of the new BMW 3 Series.
The new-gen BMW 3 Series is based on the CLAR platform, which it shares with the 5 Series and the 7 Series facelift. The executive sedan is 76mm longer and its wheelbase is up by 41mm, while the car is lighter by 55kgs compared to the older model.
The seventh-generation BMW 3 Series features a larger kidney grille, which is inspired by the 8 Series. Also new are the L-shaped DRLs that replace the iconic circular angel eyes. The headlamps and taillights are LED, and the large air-intakes on the front bumper are borrowed from the M-Sport version.
As for the interior, the cabin, although new, is a familiar affair with the driver-focused layout. It gets an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display and a 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster as standard equipment. Customers can opt for a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, which comes complete with a personal assistant and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There's a three-zone climate control on offer, memory function for the electrically adjustable driver seat, reverse parking assistant and gesture control among others.
Engine and Transmission
Under the hood, the BMW 3 Series is powered by 2.0-litre TwinPower turbocharged petrol and diesel engines that make 258bhp and 190bhp, respectively, with the torque output being 400Nm on both the motors. An eight-speed Steptronic transmission is standard across the powertrains.