BMW unveiled the 2015 3-Series facelift globally last week and now the sedan has been spotted in India, with mild camouflage.
The BMW F30 3-Series was launched in India in 2012 and it replaced the older E90 series. Initially, the vehicle was offered with both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol variant, namely 328i, was then discontinued at a later date while the 320d kept selling. Last month, BMW unveiled the 2015 3-Series facelift and now the vehicle has been spotted in Pune. The said vehicle has camouflage on its front and rear bumpers. The vehicle will go on sale in global markets next month while we can expect BMW India to launch it during the festive season.
The cosmetic tweaks are not very major but they aim to make the sedan look lower and wider than before. Both the bumpers get a new design with longer elements. Certain trims of the 3-Series in India will also get LED lights. In the new headlights, the indicator lights are positioned at the top of the lens. The side profile remains the same. BMW engineers claim that even though the facelift comes with the same underpinnings, they have tweaked the chassis settings for standard, M-Sport and adaptive modes and have also retuned the dampers and put a stiffer suspension to help improve the vehicle’s dynamics even further.
On the mechanical front, the overseas model gets a number of engines and tunes on offer. The Indian version is likely to remain unchanged and it will continue to draw power from the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 184 HP of power and 380 Nm of torque. The vehicle has a claimed fuel efficiency of 18.8 km/l. The 3-Series is the most fun to drive car in its segment but BMW is performing a bit poorly in sales in India, losing out to Audi and Mercedes-Benz. With the entry of more competitors like the Volvo S60 and the upcoming Jaguar XE, the company better go aggressive on the marketing front.
Spy Pictures Source – AutocarIndia.com