The company has discontinued the 320i and replaced it with two variants wearing the 330i badge
BMW is on a roll. They have managed to take over the automotive news recently with the global unveiling of the facelifted 1 Series, 4 Series launch and their plans of bringing in more electric models in the future. The luxury carmaker’s India division does not intend to sit idle either. Just a few days back we reported that the company plans to launch the new 5 Series in India towards the end of June. But before that, they have already brought in a punchier version of the 3 Series petrol.
In May last year, BMW brought back petrol engine options for the 3 Series but it was launched just with the 320i badge. During the festive season, however, BMW launched the facelifted 3GT (Also read: BMW 3GT 330i Review: First Drive) with the 330i badge and announced that the same engine will also make its way back into the standard 3 Series. Now, the company has launched the 3 Series with the 330i badge in two variants – Sport Line and M Sport priced at Rs 42.40 lakhs and Rs 44.90 lakhs respectively. All prices ex-showroom Delhi.
There isn’t much to differentiate the Sports Line variant from the M Sport. The latter comes with what BMW calls the M Sport steering wheel, head-up display, larger 18-inch alloy wheels, contrast stitching on leather upholstery and a few minor changes.
As expected, both these variants hide the same engine under the hood as the 3GT. The 330i makes 248bhp and 350Nm from a 2.0-litre unit four-cylinder unit. BMW claims that the car can do the 0-100km/h dash in just 5.8 seconds. The 330i returns an ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 16.05km/l. Just like the GT, the sedan too comes with multiple drive modes – Comfort, EcoPro, Sport and Sport Plus.
BMW has launched the 3 Series Sport Line in three colours – Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mediterranean Blue. Only the first two colour options are available for the M Sport Edition.