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The entry level luxury sedan car produced by the German automaker, BMW, launched in May 1975, was named the BMW 3 Series. Since its inception, it has been launched in six generation variants and has been one of the biggest names in BMW line-up in terms of sales and popularity. With its very first release, BMW E21, brand's sales numbers doubled in the market in three years. It has been world-wide said that 3 Series is BMW's racing heritage vehicle and has embarked new design concept for BMW in the segment of luxury cars. Successful advancements and continuous revolutions have been to this car, as a result of which BMW launched its most upgraded version till date, F30 in October 14 2012.
Expanding business in the Asian market, this premium car manufacturer company raised its production activities in Indonesia since 2011 by investing worth RP 100 million assembling latest cars of the brand in the country. Adding on to the series, BMW is further equipped with 3.0-litre engine that improvises the driving dynamics and efficiency of the engine. It gives the maximum power outout of 326 hp at 5500 to 6500 rpm along with the maximum torque of 450 Nm at 1380 to 5000 rpm . Talking about the exteriors, the three trims available slightly differs in few exterior detailing, maintaining the class and signature style BMW's.Interiors offer extra-comfort and lavish lifestyle in ergonomically set instrumental panel, centre console, steering wheel and high resolution display i-Drive monitor. This i-Drive system makes life easy on-board to operate several functions including navigation, automatic climate control, telephone and music, radio station, destination and telephone numbers via eight favorite key set, control on the centre console and much more. Braking, handling and safety features in this car is taken care by different modes via Driving Experience Control, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Anti lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), BMW Connect Drive, BMW On line, Internet feature, active protection system and many more.
To reduce the fuel consumption, 3 Series is provided with ECO PRO mode comes as standard in all the variants. Also packed with Brake Energy Regeneration System Driving Experience Control, the system keeps check on your driving style and reduce fuel consumption accordingly (converts the braking force to useful output power). Furthermore, 3.0-litre diesel engine delivers mileage of 7.7 L/100km in combined cycles with a fuel tank capacity of 60-litre.
The engines deliver power-train performance of 340i Sedan. It delivers maximum output of 326 hp at 5500 to 6500 along with the peak torque of 450 Nm at 13850 to 5000.
Improvising the driving dynamics of BMW 3 Series, it is accompanied with sports mode and variable sports steering so that on gear changes, without any delay quick acceleration is given by the car. The top speed of the car lies in the range of 235 to 250kmph and the best acceleration count delivered by the engine touches the 0-100kmph speed mark in 5.2 seconds.
BMW 3 Series sedan exterior design style is inspired from predecessor's of BMW, the great luxury brand's history tested and innovated in powerful innovations and proportions. Its striking features starts in the layout of black-finished BMW kidney grille with horizontal bi-lobed high beam assistant xenon headlamps including dazzle free high-beam assistant in the front facade. This front design enhance and spots speedy character to the vehicle. Offering discretion to its occupants in the designing; its three trims Sedan with Sport Line, Sedan with Luxury Line and Sedan with Modern Line are offered which differs slightly with each other in terms of elegance creases all-over the body, wheels fitted-in, lights and interior sophistication. Sport Line is made in high gloss black highlights and 17/18-inch light alloy wheels in double-spoked design that states strong sporting appeal to the vehicle. Overall, 3 Series of BMW is known for its long wheelbase, long bonnet and short front overhang with sloping rear profile giving it a coupe-like look.
This compact executive car and best-selling car of BMW has appropriate body dimensions that perfectly compliments its overall aesthetics as well as interior space. It is made in proportions 4624 X 1811 X 1429mm (L X W X H) along with the wheelbase of 2810mm.
Interiors of 3 Series is designed to perfectly fit for its driver and front passenger comfort. Instrumental panel, steering wheel and centre console all are ergonomically placed keeping in mind driver's approach and easy reachability. 8.8-inch i-Drive monitor stands slim on the horizontally arranged instrumental panel so that driver and front passenger, both can operate this high-resolution display. Through this i Drive system, you have full control over majority of the functions via several buttons placed in the car instead of manually operating them. Features associated with it, includes navigation, automatic climate control, control on the centre console, telephone and music and much more.
Practicality and functionality in BMW 3 Series cars is the utmost priority. Advanced features have been added to this car increasing the driving pleasure wherever you go. To place drinks of person seated in the front cabin, front centre console near gear selection knob provide perfect support to your mugs and bottles. Removable storage mini compartment houses all your small handy things which you want to keep close rather than loading in the boot cabin. You can use this space to place luggage unto 1-litre. In addition, special place is provided to place your mobile devices and other electronic gadgets in the centre console. Besides these, seat back storage pocket, Ski and snowboard bag (Sport Line), rucksack carrying system, storage bag in rear with 20-litres capacity, thermally insulated bottle holders in the rear, black leather key pouch are other practical accessories that 3 Series offers.
Boot space count of 480-litres is offered for your heavy luggage, cargo and personal belongings that you so want to carry along with you on the trips. The volumetric capacity makes up a good count, more than what a full size hatchback offers. Also, BMW 3 Series comfort you with the automatic opening feature of the boot lid. In case, you are occupied in hands with the cargo or shopping and unable to took your hands-off to open it manually, you can simply place your foot below the rear bumper, sensors will detect your presence and unlock it. Simultaneously, sends the information to the on-board computer to cross check for the authorized person and right key.
Responsive performance and good fuel economy delivered by BMW 3 Series is all thanks to BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol and diesel engines combined with six-speed manual transmission with gear shift indicator (as standard) & eight-speed automatic transmission (as special equipment) that works in coordination with each other and delivers high speed and smooth engine performance in quick gear shifts. Among petrol-supporting engines, 335i 3.0-litre gives maximum power output of 306 hp between 5800 to 6000 rpm along with the peak torque of 400 Nm between 1200 to 5000 rpm. Taking in consideration, the only diesel engine, 320d 2.0-litre churns out power of 184 hp at 4000 rpm along with the peak torque of 380 Nm between 1750 to 2750 rpm.
One of the most important and lucrative segment of a luxury car is its infotainment/entertainment segment. 3 Series successfully grabs attention of its occupants in the same terms via BMW navigation system (6.5-inch display Business or 8.8-inch display Professional version) and Radio Professional with 6.5-inch display with iDrive Controller that assist you to travel in strange areas in supreme comfort and without any disguise. Standard stereo system fitted in is Harman Kardon Surround Sound System which delivers three-dimensional sound output, irrespective of the high speed moving vehicle. BMW ConnectDrive keeps you in-touch with the places round the world through possible Internet access wherever and whenever you go. Other entertaining functions that will make your life interesting on-board includes aux-in connection, Bluetooth, USB, music interface for smartphone, mini computer and lots of BMW Apps.
Talking about the wheel size fitted in this luxury sedan, comes in two standard size; 16-inch in 320d and 320i, 17-inch in 328i and 335i. 16-inch wheels are of total rim size 205/60 R16, whereas 17-inch comes in rim size 225/50 R17.
Braking and handling of the vehicle is supported by many technologies united in this vehicle to offer you smooth riding experience. If you are expecting something sporty out of this vehicle, you will not sit in disdain. Variable sports steering improves the handling and front wheels works in harmony with the steering direction by the vehicle quickly. For further comfort and matching-up handling of the vehicle with your driving style, you can switch over different modes via Driving Experience Control. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) prevents the vehicle from skidding working in co-ordination with Antilock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Adaptive Brake Assistant.
For passive safety, airbags are employed for driver and front passenger accompanied with side airbags, head airbags for front and rear passenger and curtain head protection system in all the variants. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) gives higher traction to all the wheels, preventing the vehicle from getting slipped. Lane Departure Warning including collision warning keeps you aware against possible collision threats in case of adhesion from the lane. Adaptive headlamps including dazzle-free high-beam assistant, Xenon headlamps and high-beam assistant helps you to travel in moving direction without any difficulty. Other safety features packed in this luxury car are BMW Online, Internet feature, active protection system, BMW head-up-display and much more.