2019 BMW 3-Series will more likely debut in India in the middle of next year with cosmetic updates and bigger proportions
The 3-Series sedan is a top-selling model for the brand in India and it is all set to receive a new generation in the domestic market in 2019. First glimpses have already arrived on the internet, as spy shots of the disguised prototype claimed to be snapped in India have appeared on the internet. It is said to be undergoing ARAI homologation ahead of launch.
The new generation BMW 3-Series luxury sedan broke covers at the 2018 Paris Motor Show and it is 76 mm longer and 41 mm increased wheelbase compared to the existing model on sale in India. With broader front and rear tracks, the upcoming model has the largest footprint of any 3-Series.
While becoming bigger in dimensions, BMW has managed to reduce 55 kilograms courtesy of the lightweight CLAR platform. The exterior is aerodynamically optimised for lower drag co-efficient of 0.26 with styling changes. The 2019 BMW 3-Series has updated kidney grille and is sharper than ever before.
Complementing the front fascia are new bonnet lines, stretched back LED headlamps and the side profile is more chiselled than the outgoing model. The revisions to the rear end meant that the new 3-Series has a more pronounced tail lamp cluster with more aggressive bumper and dual exhaust system.
More than the exterior, the cabin has received several changes including repositioned 8.8-inch infotainment system. The 5.7-inch digital instrument display is offered as standard while the 12.3-incher can be chosen optionally. The new-gen 3-Series will arrive in international markets by early next year and we can expect it to make domestic debut by June or July.
Expect a slight increase in prices over the outgoing model as it could cost between Rs. 41 lakh and Rs. 49 lakh (ex-showroom). In global markets, a range of powertrain options are available such as a 2.0-litre 255 hp producing engine with two- and four-wheel-drive configurations. It can be optioned with M Sport pack to make the 0-100 kmph dash quicker.