Despite the lengthy wheelbase, the three Series Gran Limousine is pretty agile and well-mannered at excessive speeds
The 3 Series has lengthy been regarded among the best driver’s automobiles on the market. However with this, the long-wheelbase 3 Series Gran Limousine, BMW has additionally focussed on improved rear seat consolation for the chauffer pushed. So can the three Series Gran Limousine ship the very best of each worlds?
From the entrance, it’s virtually inconceivable to inform the Gran Limousine aside from the usual 3 Series. Some variations have extra bling on the nostril and others get a blacked-out centre part within the decrease bumper, however these aside, the 2 are close to an identical when seen head-on.
The longer wheelbase and longer rear doorways are evident when seen from the facet, however their integration into the automobile’s design is commendable.
The now flatter roof blends properly with the C-pillar, the lengthy doorways don’t look misplaced, and even the automobile’s total stance works properly. If something, the additional size provides a touch of magnificence to the design and there’s no interruption to the pure move of strains.
At the rear, the most important giveaway that that is the lengthy wheelbase automobile are the oblong exhaust ideas and the L badge on the boot lid.
Moving to the cabin, we begin with the again seat. The lengthy rear door and 43mm of further legroom, make the rear of the Gran Limousine instantly extra welcoming.
Seat consolation is a bit softer, extra stuffed out and extra contoured to carry you in place higher. Thigh help is nice, as is the seat top and the backrest appears to be set at simply the suitable angle.
The new headrests and re-aligned elbow relaxation additionally help in bettering consolation.
The massive facet home windows and sunroof add to the sensation of house and airiness within the cabin although the big central tunnel does restrict room for the center passenger. The air-conditioning additionally needed to work exhausting to chill the cabin regardless of this being the best time of the 12 months.
Up entrance, the supportive entrance seats are powered, you get extendable thigh help and discovering the perfect driving place is straightforward. The iDrive system stays the very best and the best to make use of within the section and the digital instrument panel is sharp and brilliant. The latter isn’t straightforward to learn, nonetheless, and high quality on the panel that surrounds the gear lever isn’t nice both.
When it involves equipment, the Gran Limo packs in stuff like three-zone local weather management, full LED headlamps, wi-fi charging, wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 16 speaker Harman Kardon sound system and BMW’s parking assistant.
The Comfort Package additionally consists of an iPad AIR in your rear seat leisure wants. However, there aren’t any cooled or massaging seats and there aren’t any semi-autonomous driving modes both.
Moving to the engine, BMW’s acquainted 2.0-litre diesel mill — with two sequential turbos — is responsive and really refined. It is muted for essentially the most half, solely getting gruff when wound exhausting. Initial responses are superb, and the engine responds easily to faucets on the accelerator.
Press down a bit more durable and acceleration builds properly too. Even flat out acceleration is sort of spectacular with a 0-100kph dash time of simply 7 seconds. The ZF 8-speed auto field too works properly delivering the perfect stability between clean transitions and fast shifts.
Compared to the usual 3 Series, the Gran Limousine will get a softer suspension set-up and sits 6mm larger to help the ramp over angle. As a consequence, the suspension is much less busy at low speeds, there’s a suppleness to the experience much like on bigger, extra comfort-oriented automobiles and bump absorption is spectacular too. The automobile additionally pitches little or no on a nasty highway, and the 225/50 R17 tyres spherical out small floor imperfections properly. Straight line stability too may be very spectacular.
The Gran Limousine, nonetheless, isn’t as agile as the usual 3 Series within the corners and there’s extra physique roll too. That stated, it nonetheless feels extra agile and on the ball than the three Series GT — the automobile it replaces — and it even drives higher than many rivals. In reality, drive it in isolation, and it even feels playful and assured sufficient to get pleasure from a spirited drive. That feeling of driving an extended wheelbase automobile, that’s a bit reluctant to show in, is simply not there.
So can BMW’s 3 Series Gran Limousine ship the very best of each worlds and dominate its class? It definitely delivers loads of house and luxury within the rear, it drives properly and BMW has additionally centered on ensuring the automobile rides properly too. Despite the lengthy wheelbase, it’s pretty agile in corners, it’s well-mannered at excessive speeds, and steer it in a neat and tidy method and it’ll even entertain you.
It’s not as sharp as a daily 3 Series, it may have been higher outfitted and at a worth of ₹ 51.50-53.90 lakh (ex-showroom), the additional legroom comes at a premium.
What will work in BMW’s favour is that the Gran Limousine is prone to enchantment to a overwhelming majority of predominantly chauffeur-driven patrons, homeowners who additionally drive themselves, and most significantly, those that sit up for having fun with the driving experience.
This BMW clearly has the potential to be a best-seller.
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