Luxury and sports car manufacturer, BMW is reintroducing the petrol models in the 3 and 5 series sedans. The new 3-series was recently launched in January this year with diesel powerplant, now the petrol model has been added to the variants.
The petrol model is launched as a CBU (Completely Built Up), unlike the diesel which is locally assembled. So the new 3-series BMW sedan starts at the price of Rs.36.90 lakh and Rs. 42.70 lakh badged as 320i and comes two trims - Prestige and Luxury Line. All prices are ex-showroom (Delhi).
The 3-series petrol is powered by 2.0-litre twin power turbo four cylinder petrol engine which develops 184bhp and 270Nm of torque, this is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard and the Luxury Line gets paddle shifters.
The 3-series 320i will feature LED headlamps, heated wing mirrors with memory functions, BMW iDrive system with a 6.5-inch screen with BMW Apps to name a few as standard fitment. The 320i will rival Mercedes C200, C200 Avantgarde and Jaguar XE.
The 5-series petrol is powered by the same specs as the 3-series and will be available only in one trim of Luxury Line, however, there is confirmation on the pricing of the 5-series petrol model. This will be badged as 520i and will be loaded with all the features like 10.2 touch screen iDrive system, a 600 watt Harman Kardon audio system. The 520i will compete with the likes of Audi A6 and Mercedes E200.
With SC upholding the ban on diesel cars above the 2000cc engine, BMW is looking to bring the petrol to further its offering and keep the sales going and not be affected by the diesel ban.