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New BMW 3 Series India launch mired by rumours

BMW 3 Series is a benchmark in premium sports sedan market. Launched in Europe last year, the sixth-generation BMW 3 Series continues to set standards with impressive dynamics, low fuel consumption and innovative and fashionable design.

BT Online Bureau   New Delhi     Last Updated: July 19, 2012  | 15:27 IST

BMW 3 Series is a benchmark in premium sports sedan market. Launched in Europe last year, the sixth-generation BMW 3 Series continues to set standards with impressive dynamics, low fuel consumption and innovative and fashionable design.

Caught testing in India a few times, there is no official word from BMW on the 3-Series launch in the country. The company is, however, using the social media to create some buzz about the new car.

BMW's Facebook page shows pictures of various generations of the 3-Series, with a contest based on the same cars and a promise to fly the winner for the launch.

BMW India's Facebook page

There are rumours that the new 3-Series will be named F30, but rumours continue to fuel the launch fire.

While CarWale.com sees the launch for July-end, www.indiancarsbikes.in has set the date for August 3.

Why the buzz around the new BMW 3-Series?

CarWale writes: "The 'F30' takes design cues from the bigger 5-Series and the 7-Series with more angular headlights with LEDs placed like eyelids above the corona rings. The car is also a bit bigger than the predecessor but the weight has been reduced by about 40kgs.

The 3-Series looks more aggressive with the wider stance and has more headroom and legroom, more specifically for the rear seats.

Multiple engine options in both petrol and diesel are offered in Europe; but we are not sure if all of them will be offered here. The 320i and 328i petrol producing 181bhp and 241bhp respectively are expected to be made available in India, alongside more sensible diesel 320d.

The 2.0-litre 320d variant has the power rating of 181bhp and 380Nm and will be priced very competitively against the Mercedes C-Class 250CDI and the new Audi A4 TDI. The 3-Series will now be available with eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, currently available with the 5-Series."

Indiancarsbikes.in calls it "a grown up 3 Series sedan with the length increasing by 93 mm, wheelbase by almost 2 inches and width by 1.5 inches. This car will be instrumental in BMW India fending off competitor and compatriot Audi, which is close on the heels of BMW in terms of sales figures in India."

In its 37 years' history, the BMW 3 Series has won the trust of more than 13.5 million consumers. Its fashionable design, its driving dynamics and countless fun, all make it deserve the title - King of Sports Sedan.

With inputs from agencies

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