BMW India has silently introduced a new base diesel variant on the 3 Series range. The new BMW 320d Sport is priced at Rs. 42.10 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and is about Rs. 5.40 lakh cheaper than the 320d Luxury Line variant that was introduced last year. The 3-series 320d Sport, as the name goes, is the diesel equivalent of the 330i Sport trim that available with the petrol engine and packs in all the essential bells and whistles that you would come to expect from a BMW 3 Series. The new Sport trim also undercuts the Mercedes-Benz C 220d Prime variant that starts at Rs. 42.95 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
With the BMW 3 Series 320d Sport , the sedan comes equipped with launch control, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, three-zone auto climate control, powered front seats with memory function, cruise control, electric sunroof and an 8.8-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system.
The variant misses out on features like Apple CarPlay connectivity, ambient lighting, a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen, all-digital instrument cluster, and hands-free parking. These features are offered as standard on the Luxury Line variant. Other features that remain standard across the range including six airbags, ABS, ESC, Traction Control, TPMS and reverse camera with parking sensors.
Power on the BMW 3 series 320d Sport comes from the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that powers the Luxury Line trim. The motor develops 190PS and 400Nm of peak torque, and is paired with the 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The 320d can sprint from 0-100 kmph in 6.8 seconds, according to BMW.
The new BMW 320d Sport comes at an attractive price proposition that will attract several buyers looking to upgrade to their first diesel luxury sedan. Apart from the C-Class, the 320d Sport also competes with the Jaguar XE in the segment. The updated Audi A4 is yet to arrive on Indian shores and won’t get a diesel engine when it does come here in the future.