- It is the seventh generation BMW 3 Series.
- The upcoming 3 Series is underpinned by the new CLAR platform.
- The new BMW 3 Series is based on a CLAR platform.
The all-new seventh-generation BMW 3 Series will be launched in India on 21 August. The car made its global debut earlier this year at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and here's a picture gallery of the car. The new 3 Series will come with petrol and diesel powertrains, while hybrid and pure electric versions are set to arrive by 2022.
Preceding its launch in India, the new 3 series has been spied testing on numerous occasions in the country. Internally named G20, the all-new BMW 3 Series is lighter and bigger than the car it replaces. It features an evolutionary design while maintaining the overall silhouette of the 3er. That said, the biggest change is the departure of the ‘devil eyes’ headlamps, which were a signature BMW design trait.
The new BMW 3 Series is based on the CLAR platform, which also underpins the 5 Series and 7 Series. The new platform is stiffer and has resulted in a weight saving of almost 55kg. Inside, the new 3 Series features an all-new cabin that is elegant and fuss-free. The dashboard is driver-focused, and the minimalist design exudes quality. The car gets a 10.25-inch infotainment system with a new user interface that integrates with BMW Assistant and an AI-based BMW 7.0 Operating System.
The India-spec BMW 3 Series is expected to be offered with two petrol motors and three diesel engines. These will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that will send power to the xDrive system. Internationally, there’s also an M340i variant that uses a 3.0-litre straight-six motor that produces 368bhp of maximum power. However, this engine configuration is unlikely to make it to our shores. The new 3 Series will rival against the Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE, and the Volvo S60.