German premium carmaker BMW will launch the highly awaited new 3-series (F30) sedan by the end of July. The 2012 3-series which will be assembled locally at the carmaker's Chennai plant is expected to be priced around Rs 22 lakhs for the base model.
The new BMW 3-series will be available in three variants - Sports Line, Modern Line and Luxury Line. Also the new BMW 3-series will come in both petrol and diesel options.
The petrols models - 320i and the 328i will be powered by a 2 litre four cylinder engine producing 184PS / 270 Nm and 245 PS / 350 Nm respectively. Meanwhile, the diesel models - 320d and the 330d comprise of 2 litres engines producing 184 PS / 380 Nm and 262 PS / 560 Nm respectively.
These motors will be mated to a new eight-speed ZF transmission (automatic) that is available on the current 5-series The new BMW 3 series has grown a little and offers more cabin space.
It will interesting to the see the competition hotting up in the premium car segment with many car choices available. The new BMW 3-series' main competitors are Mercedes Benz C-class, the Audi A4, the Nissan Teana and the Volvo S60. Also there are many SUVs in the price range.
We will keep you posted with more updates on the new BMW 3 series. Stay tuned.