Having been a top-selling model for the German brand in India, we can expect the new generation model to go on sale early or mid next year
BMW 3-Series is an undeniable benchmark in the entry-level luxury sedan segment and the company wants the new generation to stick to its roots. With the cloaks lifted at the biennial Paris Motor Show, it is easy to see that BMW has put plenty of effort into making the new model a step above its predecessor.
It has the largest footprint of any 3-Series sedan and is also lighter due to the clever use of materials. It is 76 mm longer with 43 mm broader front track, 21 mm broader rear track, and has increased wheelbase by 41 mm. These numbers mean a lot in engineering perspective and despite the bigger proportions, 55 kg has been shed.
With optimised aerodynamics, it has a very low drag coefficient of 0.26 and comes with standard full LED headlamps that are more sharper. The signature kidney grille in the 2019 BMW 3-Series is sleeker than ever and the bonnet section is edgier with prominent lines on the side profile adding more dynamism.
The tail lamps stretch further back and the rear end boasts sportier bumper with dual exhausts and boot integrated spoiler. While the exterior revisions are not very substantial despite pleasing you by the first instant, the interior makes for a number of noticeable improvements to enhance the in-car experience.
The infotainment system has been moved into the centre stack rather than positioning it on top of the dash while as standard the customers would get an 8.8-inch touchscreen display and a 5.7-inch digital instrument screen. The 12.3-inch instrument display can be had from the options list.
The 2019 BMW 3-Series will be up on sale from early 2019 in the US with a 2.0-litre turbo engine making 255 hp and 400 Nm mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with RWD or AWD configuration. The rear-wheel-drive new 3-Series is good enough to do 0-96 kmph in just 5.6 seconds while the optional M Sport trim will make it even quicker.
The M340i and M340i xDrive will use a 3.0-litre turbo inline six developing 382 hp and 500 Nm with 0-96 kmph dealt in just 4.2 seconds. The 330e PHEV, on the other hand, will be introduced by the end of this decade. Other available engine choices are a 181 hp 320i, a 255 hp 330i, a 148 hp 318d and a 188 hp capable 320d.
Offered in four trims with prices between Rs. 39.79 lakh and Rs. 47.30 lakh (ex-showroom), the 3-Series series uses 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines in India. Having been a top-selling model for the German brand in India, we can expect the new generation model to go on sale early or mid next year.