The 2019 BMW 3 Series was spotted undergoing road testing in India in September, just two weeks before its world premiere. Now, more images of likely the same test mule without the stickers have surfaced online, courtesy Throttle Blips reader Kartik Singh.
The seventh generation of the globally acclaimed sports sedan is more athletic and sumptuous in design, more prominent in every dimension and technologically superior compared to its predecessor. Adaptive LED headlights with BMW Laserlight, T-shaped air intakes, new BMW kidney grille with single surround, 19-inch alloy wheels, slim, L-shaped LED rear lights, and a larger glass roof are some of the main exterior details of the all-new 3er.
Inside, the 2019 BMW 3 Series is now more driver-focused, thanks to the 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster and the 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant (which responds to “Hey BMW”), both running on the BMW Operating System 7.0.
The all-new 3 Series is 76 mm longer, 16 mm wider and 1 mm taller. It has a 41 mm longer wheelbase. Thanks to these increased dimensions, shoulder room for the front passengers, legroom for the rear passengers and headroom for all passengers have improved. BMW says that the redesigned car offers a more comfortable experience for the passenger in the middle of the three rear seats too.
In India, the all-new BMW 3 Series is said to arrive in two variants: 320d and 330i. The 320d uses an enhanced 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 258 PS (+6 PS) and 400 Nm (+50 Nm) of torque. The 330i employs the familiar 2.0-litre petrol engine good for 190 PS and 400 Nm.
Expect both variants to feature the upgraded 8-speed Steptronic transmission with a wider gear spread, increased internal efficiency and improved vibration suppression as standard. The xDrive AWD system is highly unlikely for our market, and in that case, both engines will channel their power via the Steptronic transmission to only the rear wheels.
The 2019 BMW 3 Series is currently in the hands of ARAI for homologation, the sticker on the test mule’s back glass confirms. Internationally, first market(s) will get the all-new model on 9 March 2019. The Indian launch is said to take place in mid-2019. This morning we had reported on the spotting of the BMW X5 in India, another 2019 year launch.
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