The ban on diesel vehicles in Delhi (having more than 2000cc displacement capacity) has already started affecting the sales graph of many auto giants, including Mercedes-Benz, and many of them are planning to switch their vehicles either to CNG or petrol. Taking the lead ahead, the German automaker, BMW, has already introduced the petrol versions of its high demanded executive saloon series, that is, 3-Series and 5-Series. The company is re-introducing both the series with '20i' petrol engines but unlike its diesel counterpart, the petrol versions will follow the CBU route to hit the Indian market. BMW 320i Prestige variant has already been launched in India at a price of Rs. 36.9 lakh, whereas the Luxury line is available at Rs. 42.70 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
However, those who are interested in the fun-loving 330i, they might get disappointed as the company has disclosed no plans for this sedan but may be the company later introduce the machine with petrol engine. Coming back on the 320i, the petrol version is identical to the diesel one when it comes to the looks the features.
The top-of-the-line version is loaded with exclusive features, including an 8.8-inch iDrive touch infotainment system synced with a 205W sound system and handwriting recognition, LED headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated wing mirrors, a sunroof and much more to count on.
The BMW 320i petrol head has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo powermill that executes a maximum power of 181.5bhp along with a peak torque of 270Nm. In the higher variant, the company has provided paddle shifters whereas the base variant has got an 8-speed ZF automatic tranny.
Being a facelifted model, the 320i has got some changes in the exterior along with new electrically adjustable front seats, BMW apps, dual-zone climate control, a 6.5-inch screen, BMW iDrive system and ambient lighting in the cabin.
BMW has already imported some 3-Series cars in India the delivery of which is expected to start from the mid of June this year. Seeing the direction of air towards the petrol vehicles in India, it would be of no surprise if the German carmaker introduces more petrol variants of its Indian line-up. By keeping the price reasonable, BMW has up-the-ante for its rivals who still are dangling in the market with their diesel models.
BMW 3-Series petrol variant will compete against the likes of Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Jaguar XE and the Audi A4. Though the company hasn't announced the prices for its 5-Series, we expect it to lie somewhere around Rs. 54 lakh for the top-of-the-line luxury variant.