BMW’s 3 Sequence Gran Limousine is the lengthy-wheelbase model of the company’s 3 Sequence sedan. Elongated to give chauffeur-pushed passengers additional legroom in the back again – just like the now-discontinued 3 Sequence GT – it is more time in beam, created on a stretched wheelbase and preferably suited for lifestyle in the Indian marketplace. 

We know this because lengthy-wheelbase luxury autos work well in this article. Mercedes’ lengthy-wheelbase E-Class for example at the moment exerts a stranglehold on its course, Skoda’s Fantastic is exclusively created on a lengthy wheelbase for better legroom in the back again and then the S-Class, 7 Sequence and A8 are offered in this article in lengthy-wheelbase form only. Even SUVs like Merc’s GLE have benefited from being created on a more time wheelbase. 

So offering Indian luxury automobile house owners additional rear legroom plainly functions. Dilemma is, just how well will it work for BMW’s 3 Sequence a automobile or else affiliated with better driver engagement and driving pleasure? Will the more time wheelbase allow it to produce the most effective of both of those worlds, or will stretching it dilute its one of a kind driver concentrated DNA also significantly? Let’s get commenced. 

BMW 320Ld Gran Limousine design and style

On the experience of it, and at very first glance, the Gran Limousine (or G28 as it is recognised internally) appears really very similar to the regular 3 Sequence (G20). In point, look at it from the entrance and it’s pretty much difficult to explain to the normal automobile from the more time wheelbase 1. Some variations have additional bling on the nose and others get a blacked-out centre area in the reduce bumper but these aside, the two are near similar when seen head-on.

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For a longer time rear doorways and a streched wheelbase size are important visual variances among the normal 3 Sequence and Gran Limousine.

Appear at it from the side, nonetheless, and the 110mm more time wheelbase and the more time rear doorways stand out. BMW designers have finished a fantastic task when it comes to integration. The roof, even though flatter now, blends nicely with the C-pillar, the lengthy doorways really do not look out of place, and even the general stance of the automobile functions well. In point, if anything, the further size provides a dash of magnificence. And contrary to Mercedes’ more time wheelbase E-Class, considering the fact that the side graphic continues to be the similar, there is no interruption to the purely natural circulation of strains.

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Extensive-wheelbase 3 Sequence gets rectanular exhuast pipes contrary to the round types on the normal automobile.

Figuring out the Gran Limousine from the rear is relatively less difficult. The major giveaway is that the lengthy wheelbase automobile gets rectangular exhaust ideas, as against the round types on the regular 3 Sequence and, get closer, and there is the L badge. 

When it comes to practicality, nonetheless, the boot isn’t also big at 430 litres. You do get a spare tyre, neatly hid underneath the boot flooring and a powered tail-gate also.

BMW 320Ld Gran Limousine platform

Made and engineered mostly for the Chinese marketplace, the appropriate-hand drive model of the G28 is the very first model of the automobile to go on sale outside of China. Measuring four.819 metres in size, it is distinctly more time than regular 3 Sequence. The Gran Limo gets a more time roof, longer doorways and a significant panoramic sunroof. Created on a stretched wheelbase, that measures 2.961 metres, BMW’s 3 Sequence Gran Limousine also has significantly additional room for passengers in the back again. To assistance with the much less favourable ramp over angle, because of to the more time wheelbase, the automobile has also been lifted by 6mm, and to preserve it in tune with the new additional comfort-oriented character, BMW has also softened the suspension. As is the circumstance with the lengthy-wheelbase Mercedes E-Class, BMW is also very likely to appreciate a expense benefit when it comes to importing factors and pieces for the automobile from its plant in China.

BMW 320Ld Gran Limousine inside rear seat comfort

With its lengthy rear doorways, uncomplicated accessibility and 43mm of additional legroom, the rear of the Gran Limousine is promptly welcoming. And settle into the seat and this 3 feels much additional relaxed also. The seats are a bit softer and additional filled out in comparison to the normal automobile, thigh assistance is as fantastic as ever and you are sat at a fantastic top. Also, considering the fact that the seat is additional contoured, it even retains you in place a bit far better. The authentic ace in the pack, nonetheless, is the reclined backrest, which irrespective of being mounted, would seem to be set at just the appropriate angle. And the new ‘fuller’ headrests and re-aligned elbow rest can help as well.

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Room and comfort stages at the rear have improved considerably over the normal 3 Sequence.

The central tunnel is big and it does arrive in the way of the center passenger, but the significant sunroof higher than brightens up the cabin considerably, and what helps make it really feel even roomier and additional roomy is the point that the lengthy side windows are huge. BMW has even extra strips of temper lights on the seat-backs, and these strips connect nicely with people on the doorway pads.

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Ambient lights strips not only on the rear doorway-pads but on the seat-backs as well.

Lacking at the rear on the Gran Limousine, nonetheless, are blinds. There is no rear blind, not even a handbook 1, there are no blinds on the side doorways and then, irrespective of this being the coolest time of the yr, the air-conditioning experienced to work tough to cool the cabin.

BMW 320Ld Gran Limousine inside design and style and options

Those sat up entrance will find several variances among the regular 3 Sequence and this lengthy-wheelbase automobile. The supportive entrance seats are powered, you get extendable thigh assistance and obtaining the suitable driving situation is uncomplicated. The open up pore wood inserts on the dash are not polished as on the regular 3 Sequence and there are a few of other small enhancements like acoustic glass and the new Cognac-colored leather trim.

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Other than new trim and a several enhancements, you will find not which is significantly unique in the entrance of the cabin.

The Gran Limousine, nonetheless, does get a bit additional chrome on the dash and on the steering wheel, and you also get a additional highly effective and sweeter-sounding 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Overall, you get a good mix of fantastic high-quality and sharp design and style.

The iDrive system continues to be the most effective and the simplest to use of the great deal, there is a big and really simple elbow box, and the digital instrument panel is sharp and bright. The latter isn’t uncomplicated to read through, nonetheless, and high-quality on the panel that surrounds the gear lever isn’t good.

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The instrument panel is sharp and bright but it just isn’t uncomplicated to read through.

When it comes to kit, the Gran Limo gets stuff like Cornering Brake Command, moderate-hybrid tech, wireless charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Vehicle, and BMW’s parking assistant. The Comfort Package deal also incorporates an iPad AIR for your rear seat amusement demands.

At a later phase there will be an M Sport model as well on the 330Li (petrol) which will also get a heads-up display screen and gesture command, between other options. Having said that, the Gran Limo doesn’t get cooled or massaging seats and there are no semi-autonomous driving modes either.

BMW 320Ld Gran Limousine experience comfort and refinement 

As before long as you are on the transfer, the consequences of the more time wheelbase and the softer suspension are felt promptly. The suspension is plainly much less busy than that of the regular 3 Sequence at reduced pace, there is a suppleness in this article you only encounter in bigger, additional comfort-oriented autos and then, even when the Gran Limousine hits a big bump, absorption is extraordinary. 

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The softer suspension set up has helped greatly enhance experience high-quality tremendously.

The lengthy-wheelbase 3 Sequence also pitches really tiny on a terrible street, and the generously profiled 225/50 R17 tyres also assistance with some of the secondary experience, allowing it to experience over small imperfections and coarse surfaces devoid of also significantly adverse influence.

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Generously profiled 225/50 R17 tyres assistance experience high-quality also.

In spite of being a diesel, the Bharat Stage six-compliant motor is also really refined. Combustion is actually smooth and really hushed at reduced motor speeds and, till about 2,500rpm, it doesn’t even audio like a diesel. It does get a bit gruff when you pull it tough to the 5,000rpm redline (in handbook and Sport) but that’s only to be expected.  

BMW 320Ld Gran Limousine motor and performance

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Easy and responsive 2.-litre diesel motor in the 320Ld helps make 190hp and 400Nm of torque.

BMW’s 2. diesel motor on the 3 Sequence takes advantage of two sequential turbos rather of a single big 1 (it’s a twin phase unit) and this gives it a broader spread of ability. In addition, what helps make the performance really feel additional linear is that the Bharat Stage six tuning has built ability supply much less spiky. With the lesser, very first phase turbo spooling up immediately original responses are really fantastic and the motor responds effortlessly to a tap on the throttle. Push down a bit more difficult and acceleration builds nicely also – the 8-pace ZF gearbox delivers the suitable equilibrium among smooth, jerk-no cost transitions and brief shifts. Even flat out acceleration is quite extraordinary. The 320Ld, irrespective of being one hundred twenty kilograms heavier than the regular 320d, does the -a hundred dash in 7 seconds useless, with 150kph coming up in 16.01 seconds. 

BMW 320Ld Gran Limousine managing, balance and agility

The lengthy-wheelbase 3 also feels really steady in a straight line. This is true both of those at medium and higher speeds, with no authentic draw back to the slightly lifted and suppler suspension felt in this article. It doesn’t switch into corners with quite the agility of the regular 3 Sequence and there is additional body roll, in particular when you hurl it into corners. But this is only in comparison to the 3 Sequence broadly acknowledged as 1 of the most effective driving and most agile sedans about.

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The Gran Limousine just isn’t as agile as the normal 3 Sequence in the corners and body roll is additional also.

The Gran Limousine actually feels additional agile and on the ball than BMW’s erstwhile 3 GT, and it even drives far better than quite a few of the opponents in its course. Generate it in isolation, devoid of driving the regular 3 Sequence back again to back again (as we did), and it even feels playful and confident ample to appreciate a spirited drive. That experience of driving a lengthy wheelbase automobile, that’s a bit hesitant to switch in, is just not there. 

BMW 320Ld Gran Limousine: Need to you acquire 1?

So can BMW’s 3 Sequence Gran Limousine produce the most effective of both of those worlds and dominate its course like Merc’s lengthy wheelbase E Class? It definitely delivers a good deal of room and comfort in the rear, in particular on that easily reclined back again seat. And BMW has also concentrated on making sure the automobile rides well, only introducing to the encounter. Like most BMWs, the Gran Limousine also drives well. In spite of the lengthy wheelbase, it is rather agile in corners, it is well-mannered at higher pace, and steer it in a neat and tidy method and it will even entertain you. It is not as sharp to drive as a regular 3 Sequence, it could have been far better equipped and at an expected selling price of Rs fifty one-fifty four lakh, around Rs fifty two.5 lakh for this automobile, the further legroom will arrive at a premium. Continue to, what will work in BMW’s favour is that the Gran Limousine is very likely to exert a potent appeal to the wide majority of predominantly chauffeur-pushed Indian automobile potential buyers house owners who also drive by themselves, and importantly look ahead to making the most of the driving encounter. Like the lengthy-wheelbase E-Class, the BMW plainly has the prospective to be a most effective-seller.

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