The stretched BMW 3 Series isn’t exactly the newest car on the block. After all, long-wheelbase versions of this compact executive sedan have been around since 2012 under the F30 generation. However, these extended pacts have recently diversified outside of China.
The current generation of the long-wheelbase 3 Series is also known as the Gran Sedan or Gran Limousine these days. These models are no longer exclusive to the mainland China market. This model is now available in India, Thailand and Malaysia. In fact, the 3 Series Gran Sedan is even assembled in Malaysia and India.
So why this sudden interest in the elongated 3 Series? This is because the Indian market version, the Gran Limousine, made a special edition of this model with a rather interesting feature. Dubbed the Iconic Edition, BMW really lit it up for this special model, literally.
In case you missed it, that feature is its illuminated grille. Granted, it’s not the first time BMW has offered it, but it’s a first for the 3 Series. Who knows, if it proves popular enough, it might even make its way to other markets. But the Series 3 Gran Limousine Iconic Edition has more than just a pair of lighted nostrils. There are also some additional luxuries.
Besides the extra legroom, the Iconic Edition has a crystal gear selector and even pillows on the rear headrests, just like its much larger stablemate, the 7 Series. because owners of these types of cars are likely to wear a suit at some point during the day, a hanger is also standard in the Iconic Edition. Other features include a full-size panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, three-zone automatic climate control and additional soundproofing. Color options include Carbon Black, Cashmere Silver and Mineral White.
Other things you need to know? Two engine options are available for this stretched 3 Series. The 330Li uses the 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that develops 258 horsepower (190 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. For the thrifty, the 320Ld features a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine developing 190 horsepower (140 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque. All-wheel drive is not available for the Gran Limousine.