BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine – THE 3
The 3 Series is BMW’s compact executive saloon that has done extremely well in the Indian market. For 2021 things have changed a bit, BMW has introduced the all-new 3 Series Gran Limousine, exclusively for India. The unmatched majestic presence, extra space, especially for the back seat occupants matched with the rich interior make the 3 Series Gran Limousine a true blue luxury saloon.
BMW with the Gran Limousine has made it clear that size really matters, what’s the point of having all the latest technology, top-notch interior quality and not being able to stretch those legs a little? The Gran Limousine is the longest, comfortable and most spacious vehicle in its segment, setting a new benchmark for its rivals. According to Mr.Vikram Pawah, President BMW Group India, “The 3-Series is the soul of the BMW brand and has won over millions of customers around the world. The ultimate sports sedan has now set the ultimate standard in luxury in a new form, the BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine.
The 3 Series Gran Limousine blends sheer driving experience with the outstanding comfort of an extremely spacious sedan. It is a vehicle with sporty elements for the times you want to push it hard, go through gears and feel the adrenaline rush but at the same time also possesses practicality which is being able to offer utmost luxury for the long and entertaining weekend drives with your family or friends. The extended wheelbase results in a more unwinding and relaxed cabin experience. Opulent and incredibly comfortable seats wrapped in bespoke Vernasca leather upholstery along with features such as the Panorama Glass Sunroof, Ambient lighting, BMW Live Cockpit Professional, Wireless Charging, Parking Assist with Reverse Assist result in a luxurious driving experience.
BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional includes 3D navigation, a 12.3″ digital display behind the steering wheel and a 10.25″ Control Display. Functions can be operated by the passengers by simply speaking to their BMW Virtual Assistant. BMW Gesture Control (available in M Sport ‘First Edition’) enables six pre-defined hand movements to control a number of functions. The 3 Series Gran Limousine has an incredible Harman Kardon Surround Sound System with 16 loudspeakers. The fresh design of the centre console with galvanic embellisher adds to the cabin’s premium quality. The three-zone automatic climate control with active carbon filters enhance air quality inside the cabin. The optimised acoustic properties reduce noise levels and make the journey peaceful.
The 3 Series Gran Limousine is offered in two very attractive design schemes. Luxury Line and the exclusive M Sport ‘First Edition’ which is limited to the launch stage only. Further, the Luxury Line is all about moving in style and providing utmost elegance. Whereas the M Sport ‘First Edition’ with sporty M elements leans towards highlighting the racing spirit. The M Sport ‘First Edition’ houses additional features such as BMW Head-up display, BMW Gesture Control, Comfort Access and surround-view cameras including 360° view including the top, Panorama and 3D view.
The 3 Series Gran Limousine is available in both petrol and diesel variants. Thanks to BMW’s TwinPower Turbo Technology, the petrol and diesel engines combine maximum power with efficiency. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine in the 330Li churns out a decent 258 hp. The 330Li accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds, for a vehicle of this size, that’s really impressive. However, the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine in the 320Ld produces 190 hp and accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds.
The 8-speed steptronic sport automatic transmission performs really well resulting in smooth gearshifts. The engine along with the transmission offers full power and efficiency. To make driving a little more pleasurable you get shift paddles and cruise control with braking. The Gran Limousine although a fairly large vehicle comes with launch control to obtain maximum acceleration from a standstill. The Driving Experience Control switch enables the driver to choose between different driving modes. That comprise of ECOPRO, COMFORT, Sport and Sport+ depending upon the driving conditions.
The BMW Efficiency Dynamics includes features such as an 8-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission, Auto Start-Stop, Brake-Energy Regeneration, Electronic Power Steering, 50:50 Weight Distribution and ECOPRO Mode in Driving Experience Control.
BMW Safety technologies include six airbags, Attentiveness Assistant, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). Further it includes Cornering Brake Control (CBC), electric parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensors. Additionally, ISOFIX child seat mounting and an integrated spare wheel under the load floor.
The BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine is a vehicle for those looking for a spacious and comfortable luxury saloon with all the latest gimmicks and safety features. It’s top-notch build quality, exquisite cabin feel and efficiency make it a difficult vehicle to resist.