The flagship 3 Series, the BMW M340i, is set to be launched in India tomorrow, i.e March 10, 2021. While there is no competition for the sport sedan on the market currently, Audi is expected to bring the S5 soon to make things spicy.
BMW India is all set to expand its 3 Series lineup with the launch of the M340i tomorrow. It sits at the top of the 3 Series line-up and a notch below the full-blown M3. Until the 2021 BMW M3 doesn’t hit the Indian shore, the M340i will be the most powerful 3 Series car in India. Interestingly, the M340i will also be the first and quickest accelerating (0 – 100kmph) ‘M’ car to be assembled in India, which will also allow the German carmaker to price it competitively. Following are the things to know about the upcoming M340i before its launch in India on March 10, 2021.
The engine is the key highlight of this sport sedan. The 3.0-litre inline-six-cylinder engine, with a two-stage turbocharger, pumps out 382bhp and 500Nm of torque. The gearbox on offer is an 8-speed automatic, which sends the power to the wheels via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The M340i sold in international markets come with an option of rear-wheel-drive as well. The BMW M340i with the all-wheel-drive system darts from 0 to 100kmph in 4.4 seconds, which is 1.4 seconds faster than the standard BMW 330i, which gets a smaller 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol engine.
The M340i gets uprated mechanicals to manage the power. The sedan comes equipped with an M sport (limited-slip) differential. The suspensions and braking components are also from the full-blown M division. The changes in the mechanicals have also resulted in lower ride height. The M340i rides 10mm lower than the standard 3 Series on sale. The wheel sizes are 225/45-R18 at the front and 255/40-R18 at the rear.
The M340i is similar to the standard 3 Series in terms of appearance, however, a few design changes in the bumper are noticeable. The grille design of the M340i is different, and the rear exhaust-tips are trapezoidal. Other than a few cosmetic changes, the M340i is largely similar to the standard car but can be had in a more attention-grabbing sunset orange colour scheme. The M340i also gets BMW’s Laser headlamps as standard.
The cabin welcomes you with an all-black M-specific Sensatec/Alcantara trim. The dashboard houses a 10.25-inch touchscreen multi-media unit equipped with iDrive 7.0, in addition to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The feature list continues with a head-up display, sports seats with adjustable side bolsters, gesture control, and a Harman Kardon sound system.
Rivals & Pricing
The BMW M340i’s dominance in the segment, however, could be short-lived, as Audi has teased the upcoming S5 Sportback and will most likely launch the car by the first week of April. The price of the BMW M340i is expected to be Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom).