BMW has launched the petrol models of the 3 Series, which were earlier discontinued from the Indian market. The 320i Prestige variant starts at Rs 36.9 lakh and the Luxury line at Rs 42.70 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi).
Both these variants will be powered by the 2.0-litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol mill that churns out 181.5bhp of power and 270Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is standard on the transmission front, whereas the Luxury Line gets paddle shifters as well.
These petrol models will get features similar to its oil-burner sibling already available in the Indian market. This is the facelifted model that gets some changes to the exterior differentiating it from the earlier model. The cabin is packed with features like new electrically-adjustable front seats, dual-zone climate control, BMW iDrive system, 6.5-inch screen, BMW apps, ambient lighting etc. The luxury line gets bigger 17-inch alloy wheels instead of the 16-inchers, an electric sunroof and different upholstery. There is also a larger 8.8-inch iDrive touch infotainment system that supports handwriting recognition and navigation in this trim.
The BMW 3 Series 320i will be brought as a CBU unit, unlike the diesel sibling that is assembled here. The carmaker has already imported a few cars and is yet to dispatch it to dealers across the country. So, we can expect the deliveries to begin by mid-June.
BMW India seems to have taken the decision of bringing back their petrol versions as the Indian market is turning to petrol cars. If this is the case, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the carmaker also introduces some more petrol models in its Indian line-up.