The locally-produced BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine goes on sale with the option of two petrol variants and one diesel variant.
After opening the order books on 11th January, BMW India has launched the much anticipated long-wheelbase version of the 3 Series, called the 3 Series Gran Limousine. It's been launched in two trims – Luxury Line and M Sport 'First Edition' – which will be offered across three variants.
Only a limited number of units of the M Sport 'First Edition' will be available during the initial launch phase. As the name suggests, the 'First Edition' offers bespoke M Sport body trim and some exclusive, advanced features such as a Head-Up Display, BMW Gesture Control, Comfort Access (hands-free tailgate operation) and a 360-degree surround-view camera.
The entry-level petrol 330Li Luxury Line will set you back by ₹51.50 lakh, while the higher-spec diesel 320Ld Luxury Line is priced at ₹52.50 lakh. The range-topping petrol 330Li M Sport 'First Edition' is priced at ₹53.90 lakh. All figures are introductory ex-showroom.
As we informed in our first-drive review, the 3 Series Gran Limousine will be offered with the same engine options as the standard 3 Series. This means the 320Ld variant is powered by the 2.0-litre inline-four TwinPower Turbo diesel motor, which develops 188bhp & 400Nm of torque. The 330Li variants get the more powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol motor, which is good for 255bhp and 400Nm of torque. Both engines come mated to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic gearbox.
Both trims will be offered in four exterior colour options – Cashmere Silver, Carbon Black, Melbourne Red, and Mineral White. However, the higher-spec M Sport variants will be offered with bigger, 18-inch dual-spoke alloys. The Luxury Line version makes do with 17-inch V-spoke alloy wheels.
On the face of it, the standard 3 Series and the long-wheelbase version look more or less similar because they share the front/rear fascias and the wheel design. But here's what sets them apart. The 3 Series Gran Limousine offers 110mm longer wheelbase than the standard car's 2,851mm figure. As a result, the former gets longer rear doors and an increase of 120mm in overall length. Plus, to ensure proper headroom, the 3 Series Gran Limousine is slightly taller as well. The width of both cars, however, remains the same.
Inside, the 3 Series Gran Limousine offers 43mm more rear legroom, different upholstery colour options (Leather Vernasca Cognac/Black & Oyster/Black), and more features than the standard 3 Series. Also, the rear seats come with more padding and better thigh support. Additional features come in the form of wireless Android Auto connectivity (Apple CarPlay was already available), a powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, adjustable thigh support for the front seats, etc. The 10.25-inch iDrive touchscreen infotainment system (an 8.8-inch unit on the base variant) and the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, though, have been directly carried over from the 3 Series.