BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine
BMW's newest car in the country is an extended form of the 3 series sedan, called the 3 series Gran Limousine. India is the first right hand drive market in the world to get the car and of course the focus here is on the extra space inside the cabin, specifically for people in the rear seat.
The new BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine replaces the 3GT in the luxury carmaker's India line-up. While the styling remains identical to the regular 3 Series, the car's wheelbase is longer than the regular 3 series by a good 110 mm.
The wheelbase of the new 3GL is 2961 mm, while the overall length is 4,819 mm which is also 110 mm more than the 3 series sedan. This makes it the longest car in its segment. At 1,827 mm it is exactly as wide as the regular sedan but a height of 1,463 mm makes it is 28 mms taller.
The long wide bonnet really makes it look bigger than its rivals. LED headlights with extended features and U-shaped daytime driving lights come as standard and the t-shaped air intakes as usual stand out. If you take a look at the M Sport version the slats on the kidney grille are finished in high gloss black.
The cabin has a familiar BMW feel and the M-sport first edition gets exclusive features like Head-Up Display, Gesture Control, Comfort Access and Surround view cameras with 360 degree camera view. The driver and the front passenger seats both can be adjusted electrically even in the base trim luxury line.
The extended wheelbase of the car has allows BMW to offer an extra 43 mm of legroom on the second row. The high-quality leather upholstery 'Vernasca' is offered as standard on the car so is the 464 W, 16 speakers Harman Kardon Surround Sound system. The car also gets 3-zone climate control and 2 charging slots on the rear seat.
The 12.3-inch instrument cluster and the 10.25-inch screen give it a futuristic appeal, the latter gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. You also get features like wireless charging, air purifier and yes you can speak to the car as well.
Of course, the new 3 Series Gran Limousine also comes w large Panoramic sunroof that compliments the long wheelbase perfectly.
With respect to the powertrains, the long-wheelbase sedan will get the 2.0-litre twin-turbo petrol and diesel engines that develop 254 bhp and 187 bhp, respectively. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The new BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine (3GL) promises to offer more comfort at price which may not be beyond your reach and as a chauffeur driven car it is right up there in the segment