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The BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine, as the name suggests, focuses on luxury and extended proportions, particularly in length and wheelbase. With a length of 4,819mm, it’s 110mm longer than the standard 3 Series, all integrated into the wheelbase to create a long-wheelbase version.
Despite being a midlife facelift, the design changes are limited, maintaining a well-balanced appearance. The 330Li petrol and 320Ld diesel models come standard with the M Sport package, featuring a larger central air intake, sharp bumper design, and 18-inch alloy wheels with staggered tire sizes.
Inside, the cabin closely resembles the regular 3 Series, but notable changes contribute to a more contemporary feel. The single-piece curved display for the main infotainment system and driver’s instrument cluster is eye-catching.
The interior layout, with the angled center console and driver-oriented design, pays homage to older BMW models like the E46 and E39. However, there’s a significant shift towards digitalization, with climate control now operated through the iDrive display. The physical gear lever is replaced by a toggle switch for the eight-speed automatic gearbox, and the car runs on BMW’s latest Operating System 8.
Emphasizing space and comfort in the rear, the Gran Limousine boasts an airy feel, courtesy of the extended wheelbase and a large panoramic sunroof. The second row shines with ample legroom and headroom, though the rear seat’s lower position makes entry and exit less effortless. The top-spec model offers features like a giant curved display, ambient lighting, Harman Kardon sound system, wireless charging, three-zone climate control, and various USB ports. However, it lacks sun blinds and the ability to adjust the front passenger seat from the rear.
The 3 Series Gran Limousine in India offers two engine options: a 330Li with a 258bhp, 400Nm four-cylinder turbo petrol, and a 320Ld with a 190bhp, 400Nm four-cylinder turbo diesel. The review focuses on the 320Ld, praising its quiet and smooth performance, with excellent noise insulation. The driving experience is described as almost there, with sharp steering, good body control, and grip, but the longer wheelbase makes it somewhat lazy in quick direction changes. It excels in laidback driving, providing a relaxing experience for daily commutes.
The tested 320Ld proves to be a strong long-distance cruiser, delivering impressive fuel efficiency of 22.03kmpl on the highway and 13.2kmpl in the city. The cabin remains silent, and the ride is planted, with a plush overall ride quality. While there’s a slight firmness at low speeds over uneven surfaces, it doesn’t compromise comfort. In conclusion, the 3 Series Gran Limousine, as a long-wheelbase luxury sedan, aligns with the Indian market’s preference for comfortable rear seats, making it a strong contender in its price range, despite some missing features in the rear seat area.