BMW Gives The 3 Series A New Base Petrol Variant: 330i Sport Launched In India At Rs 41.70 Lakh

It misses out on the MSport variant’s big wheels, but the Sport is Rs 6.8 lakh less expensive

BMW has launched the 330i Sport sedan in India at Rs 41.70 lakh (ex-showroom). The 330i will be the new base model in the BMW 3 Series lineup and will slot below the 320d and 330i MSport. It misses out on the MSport variant’s parking assistance, 18-inch wheels, MSport trim package, Apple CarPlay, and wireless phone charging. However, it costs Rs 6.8 lakh less than the top-spec 3 Series. 

On the outside, the 330i Sport comes with satin aluminium trim instead of the MSport’s high-gloss shadow line. Instead of the MSport's Portimau Blue, the 330i Sport will be available in Mediterranian Blue. Mineral Grey is not offered on the base-spec 3 Series. It features LED headlamps, fog lamps, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, and heat and acoustic glazing. The 330i is equipped with 17-inch wheels on 50-profile tyres instead of the MSport’s more aggressive 18-inchers with 45-profile tyres.

The 330i’s most critical omissions are on the inside. It doesn’t come with Apple CarPlay or telephony, and wireless phone charging is missing too. It also doesn’t have a fully-digital driver’s display. Instead, it has analogue gauges as well as a 5.7-inch screen to display the driver’s instrumentation and an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display. iDrive Touch and BMW Gesture Control have also been skipped from the features list. Note, the 330i Sport doesn’t offer any of these features even as an option.

Under the bonnet lies BMW’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. It makes 260PS of power and 400Nm of torque and is paired with an 8-speed Steptronic transmission. BMW claims a 0-100kmph acceleration time of 5.8 seconds and a fuel economy of 16.13kmpl.

The MSport variant also gets sports seats for the front passengers, while the 330i Sport gets regular 3 Series seats. The latter is not equipped with BMW’s Parking Assistant, but it gets all other safety features as standard. They include a full suite of front, side, and head airbags, ABS and corner braking control (CBC), dynamic stability and traction control, ISOFIX child seat mounts, tyre pressure indicator, and run-flat tyres.

The BMW 330i Sport will go up against the Audi A4 and the Mercedes C-Class. In Audi’s stable, the A4 30 TFSI Premium Plus variant will be its closest rival.

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