BMW’s 7th Generation To Hit India In Mid-2019!

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Much awaited, BMW’s 7th generation 3 series sedan is scheduled to launch in India in July 2019. The car, also known as the G20 will be assembled at the company’s plant in Chennai and will come powered by engines that are very similar to the current car sold here.

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The new 3 is bigger, lighter and safer than its predecessor. Notably longer, it has more space in the cabin. It is 55kgs lighter on average and the body shell is now an incredible 5o percent stiffer as well. Significantly, both, the front and rear tracks have been widened. The new G20 also has a new damping system that is said to generate a lot of extra grips.

Design & Features

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On the exterior, the basic silhouette of the 3 remains, save for a marginally elongated glasshouse, leading to a less-pronounced ‘three-box’ silhouette. L-shaped LED daytime running lights to replace the round ones, the kidney grille is bigger. The thick shoulder line runs above the door handles rather than through them. And, the L-shaped tail-lights are almost rectangular, which is the biggest departure from the classic BMW design. The changes add some muscle and maturity to the design while maintaining a certain degree of aggression.

As standard, the new 3-series gets an 8.8-inch infotainment screen, with an optional 10.25-inch version. It is controlled via BMW’s latest iDrive system – the same as on the new BMW X5. It can be controlled via rotary dial, touchpad, touchscreen, voice commands or gesture control. In a first for a BMW, the car’s software can be updated remotely, so features can be added or upgraded.

Engine

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BMW has focused on better insulating the interior this time. To cut wind and road noise, there’s more insulation material in the bulkhead and A-pillar. It also has a double-glazed windscreen this time.

BMW is using the current car’s engine options – a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol in the 330i, but with a bit more power and torque. It will be now up to 258hp and 400Nm, and a 2.0-litre diesel producing 190hp and 400Nm. Also making the transition is the 8-speed automatic gearbox. BMW claims the new 3-series will be more fuel efficient, thanks to aerodynamic refinements. Also available in international markets will be a plug-in hybrid variant, with 56km of pure-electric range, and a 265hp, six-cylinder diesel variant; but these are unlikely for India.

The new 3-series will take on a small hike in price. Expect the range to start at Rs 41 lakh for the base diesel, and go up to Rs 48.5 lakh for the top-of-the-line petrol.


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