BMW releases 'exclusive' 3-series for India
What makes this car different from others? It's slightly longer.
That's right; China is not the only place in the world where special long-base versions of Western cars are made, and the BMW 3-series Gran Limousine is a case in point.
The car is basically the standard 3-series G20 saloon, but with 110mm added between the wheels. However, the only 'exclusive' part of the car is the 'Gran Limousine' name, since China already makes a 3-series G20 with the same 110mm between the wheels. Basically all that BMW has done here is just give the car a new name.
The Gran Limousine has an extra 43mm of backseat legroom in case Jeremy Clarkson decides to get in the back, as well as a panoramic sunroof and something called a '‘luxurious rear seat’, because the seat in the standard 3-series G20 is apparently made from Tesco plastic bags that have been stuck together using sellotape.
The version will have three trim levels: the diesel 320Ld Luxury Line, and the petrol 330Li Luxury Line and 330Li M Sport First Edition. All of these versions will be powered by inline four-cylinder engines, with the prices starting from 51,50,000 rupees (£51,500).
So far, the car's reception has been promising, with Autocar India writing that the car has "potential to be a best-seller". So, if you are a middle-class bloke in India who wants their friends to have a comfortable backseat experience as they are being driven to a party, this is the car for you.