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The all-new 2019 BMW 3-Series has been unveiled at the ongoing Paris Motor Show. The new seventh-generation 3-series now features the same platform seen on its larger siblings, the 5 and 7-series sedans.
The BMW 3-series is one of the most important sedan offerings from the German automaker. The car now features advanced tech features, added equipment and a refreshed styling. The 3-series is one of the most popular cars, accounting for one in every five BMW sold worldwide.
The 2019 BMW 3-series comes across as an all-new model. The new platform on the sedan is not only larger than its predecessor but also, 55kg lighter. The larger dimensions of the 3-series now measure 4,709mm in length (85mm longer), 1,827mm wide (15mm wider) and 1,442mm in height.
The wheelbase of the new 3-series has also grown by 41mm to 2,851mm. This further translates to a roomier cabin, especially as legroom for the rear passengers.
The new BMW 3-Series comes with a refreshed design update. However, it is still easily recognisable as a 3-series model. It is also the first model to feature BMW's ‘Precision and Poetry' design language. This offers the sedan sharper lines. The overall bodywork and panels have been updated to give the 2019 3-series a much sportier silhouette compared to its predecessor.
On the Outside, the car now features a much sharper and wider single-frame kidney grille connected. Flanking the signature BMW grille are the new full-LED headlights with hexagonal DRL. The 3-series also offers adaptive LED headlamps with Laserlight technology as an optional feature as well.
The sedan comes with sharp character and contour lines, running across the length of the car. The sedan also features larger 19-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, as optional. While the rear of the 3-series features newly-designed L-shaped taillights running into the boot-lid. The top-spec M-Sport package also comes with a small integrated spoiler on the boot, with updated dual-exhaust tailpipes.
Moving into the interiors of the new 3-series sedan, the car now comes with a host of new features. This includes an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system (can be upgraded to a 10.25-inch unit) and a 12.3-inch digital cockpit (a first in the 3-series). The infotainment unit can be controlled via the iDrive wheel or through voice and gesture commands.
The new 2019 BMW 3-series is offered with two diesel and one petrol variant: 320d, 320d xDrive and the 330i. All three variants come with a four-cylinder engine configuration. The 320d comes with a 2.0-litre diesel unit producing 187bhp and 400Nm of torque. While the 320d xDrive comes with a higher state-of-tune, churning out 263bhp and 580Nm of torque.
The lone petrol variant, the 330i also features a 2.0-litre unit producing 255bhp and 400Nm of torque. All three models are mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. The three engine configurations will further be available in three trim levels: SE, Sport and M-Sport.
BMW is also expected to introduce a 330e plug-in hybrid variant of the 3-series sometime in the future. The 330e will come with a 2.0-litre petrol engine as well as an electric motor. The electric motor alone is expected to produce an additional 87bhp, with a range of 60km in all-electric mode.
The 2019 BMW 3-Series also comes packed with safety and driver assist features. This includes pedestrian and collision warning with automatic braking functions. Others include adaptive cruise control, stop/go function, steering and lane control assist and side collision alerts. Standard features on the new 3-series also include LED headlights, alloy wheels, three-zone climate control and reversing camera.
Thoughts On The 2019 BMW 3-Series Unveil
The 2019 BMW 3-Series comes with a number of upgrades compared to its predecessor. Unveiled at the ongoing 2018 Paris Motor Show, the sedan will go on sale in the UK market in March 2019 with a starting price of GBP 33,610 (equivalent to Rs 31.93 lakh), exclusive of taxes.
The new 2019 BMW 3-Series will also be expected to enter the Indian market sometime in 2019. Once launched in India, the new 3-series will take on the likes Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and the Jaguar XE.