BMW is expanding its India line-up and thus it had launched the 3 Series GT at the Auto Expo 2014. The 3 Series GT is for customers who want more space and who prefer to sit at the back. Looking at our market trend it seems that this car is ideal for India. Locally produced at the BMW Plant Chennai it will be on sale at BMW dealerships across the country from March 2014. It will also be available in diesel form with the 320d Gran Turismo as BMW expects diesel model to be most popular. It has no direct competitor and sits above the 3 Series sedan and provides choice to people who would otherwise go for the 5 Series sedan.
Diesel models are popular and hence the 3 Series Gran Turismo has the 320d version on sale in India. The 2.0 litre BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine makes 184 bhp and torque of 380 Nm. For a relatively big luxury car the performance stats are quite good with 0 to 100 km/h taking 7.9 seconds and top speed is 226 km/h. The 8-speed autobox is smooth and provides for seamless shifts. There is also the BMW Driving Experience Control which enables the driver to choose between different driving modes (Comfort, ECO PRO and Sport). Thank to fuel economy saving tech like Start/Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, 50:50 Weight Distribution it does 19.59 kmpl which is good. The handling for its size is terrific and the ride is also quite good.
As the name suggests this is a 3 Series based car hence the front is similar to the 3 series sedan but take a look at the side and rear then the things are different. There are details like frameless side windows and a flowing rear end with large load area. It looks more mature than the 3 series sedan. The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will be available in Alpine White as non-metallic colour and in the following four metallic colours: Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver, Imperial Blue Brilliant and Sparkling Brown. Inside the design, build is just brilliant and very BMW. The materials used and overall ambience makes it a special place to be. The big talk about the Gran Turismo is space and practicality. There is a 520-litre boot which swells up to 1,600 litres thanks to a 40/20/40-split rear backrest with fold-down headrests. It also has more space with high seating position. The feature list includes iDrive, 16.5 cm colour Central Information Display, Bluetooth, USB, Hi-Fi loudspeaker system and Park Distance Control (PDC). When it comes to safety it has features like six air bags, Dynamic Stability Control Traction Control, Cornering Brake Control, Electronic vehicle immobilizer, crash sensor, Side impact protection and impact absorbing front and rear bumpers.
Overall the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is an impressive bit of kit and is for those who want a more practical, spacious car than the 3 Series sedan. The sedan is for people who like to drive and despite the added weight the 3GT still drives just as well as a BMW should though ultimately the sedan is sportier. The appeal lies in the added space and comfort which is important for our market. Thus the new 3 Series Gran Turismo is value for money and a good choice.