BMW has silently updated the variant line-up of the 3 Series in India. Now, there is a new entry-level Sport variant which is offered with a petrol powertrain and retails at ₹41.70 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Previously, the base trim of the 3 Series was featured with a 2.0-litre diesel mill, this variant has now been taken off the shelves. Apart from this, in-line with the company's earlier announcements, the overall pricing for the rest of the 3 Series range has been increased by ₹60,000 for the new MY 2020.
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The seventh-gen 3 Series was launched in the Indian market in 2019. It sources power from a a 258 PS, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine (330i) and is also available with a 190 PS, 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel mill (320d). The transmission option on both the engines are available in the form of a 8-speed torque converter automatic unit which transmits power to the rear-axle.
BMW 3 Series prices (ex-showroom, India):
Some of the safety features available in the base Sport variant include six airbags, ABS, ESC, traction control, Isofix child seat anchors and a tyre pressure monitoring system. In terms of comfort and convenience features, it comes loaded with bits such as cruise control, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, 3-zone climate control, powered front seats, paddleshifters, sunroof and an 8.8-inch touchscreen. A launch control is also part of the package.
At a ₹6.80 lakh lower price tag in comparison to the 330i M Sport, the new base variant misses out on some goodies including ambient lighting, sport seats at the front, Apple CarPlay, wireless smartphone charging, digital instrument cluster, a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen and parking assistant.
In terms of exterior styling, the variant also gets slightly altered exteriors comprising different design for the bumpers and alloys (smaller at 17-inches).
It rivals the likes of Mercedes-Benz C-class, Audi A4, Jaguar XE and the new Volvo S60 (upcoming) in the Indian market.