The 3 Series might get a facelift in 2022, but BMW India has just launched a new Iconic special edition of the long-wheelbase Gran Limousine variant. The model will be produced locally in limited numbers, offered with diesel and gasoline powertrains exclusively for the Indian market.
BMW’s latest limited edition model is based on the Indian-spec BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine which was unveiled in 2021, sitting between the regular 3 Series and the larger 5 Series. With a length of 4,829mm (190 inches) and a wheelbase of 2,961 mm (116.5 inches), it is 110 mm (4.3 inches) longer than the normal 3 Series and offers more space for rear passengers.
The Iconic Edition is distinguished by the BMW Iconic Glow Kidney grille combined with standard LED headlights and taillights. It is based on the Luxury Pack with larger 18-inch wheels and chrome accents all around the body. Customers can choose between Mineral White, Carbon Black and Cashmere Silver combined with Cognac or Black interior upholstery.
Inside the cabin there is an exclusive crystal gear shift knob for the automatic gearbox with an illuminated 3 logo similar to the one we saw on the flagship 8 Series. standard includes comfort seats for the driver and front passenger covered in Vernasca leather, while the rear seats have additional headrest cushions and a coat hanger. The list of equipment also includes a three-zone automatic climate control with activated carbon filters, the panoramic glass sunroof, ambient lighting, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, a 10.25 touchscreen infotainment inches, a Harman Kardon Surround Sound system with 16 speakers, and wireless charging.
Driver assistance systems include both parking assistant and reversing assistant, the latter keeping track of the last 50 meters driven and taking over steering while reversing out of tight parking spaces or into narrow aisles.
The model is offered in 330Li with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 258 PS (192 kW / 262 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), and in 320Ld with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. 0 liters. producing 190 bhp (142 kW / 193 PS) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). In both cases, the eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters sends power to the rear wheels. Thanks to Launch Control, drivers can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 6.2 seconds or 7.6 seconds respectively.
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The BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine Iconic Edition will be produced at the BMW Group factory in Chennai. It is currently available for order in India, with prices starting at ₹5,350,000 ($71,379) for the 330Li and starting at ₹5,490,000 ($73,247) for the 320Ld.
A similar Series 3 Iconic Edition was introduced earlier this year in Australia, in a limited run of 200 units. However, this was based on the regular wheelbase 330i and fitted with the sporty Group M bumpers.