BMW 3-Series is one of the best-selling sedans from the Bavarian Makers in the Indian market. Now, the brand has expanded its variant line-up and has introduced a new M340i xDrive variant. Priced at Rs 62.9 lakh (ex-showroom, India), it is the first M-badged car to be assembled locally at BMW's Chennai plant. Here's where it stands in BMW 3-Series's line-up: –
BMW 3 Series Variants
Rs 42.60 lakh
320D Luxury Line
Rs 47.90 lakh
330i M Sport
Rs 49.90 lakh
330Li Gran Limousine (GL) Luxury Line
Rs 51.50 lakh
330Ld GL Luxury Line
Rs 52.50 lakh
330Li GL M Sport 'First Edition'
Rs 53.90 lakh
BMW M340i xDrive
Rs 62.90 lakh
*All prices are ex-showroom India.
As the above table indicates, the M340i XDrive is the new top-spec variant of the 3 Series sedan. It is Rs 9 lakh more expensive than the 330Li Gran Limousine (GL) M Sport 'First Edition' trim.
BMW 3 Series M340i xDrive: Does it look different?
The M340i variant looks similar to the regular 330i trims except for the slightly tweaked grille, and bumpers. It also gets side skirts, a boot lid spoiler, trapezoidal exhaust, and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels as standard, which further can be upgraded to 19-inches units.
The cabin layout of the new M340i is also identical to the standard variants, albeit it flaunts an all-black scheme with the 'Aluminium Tetragon' finish on the dashboard. It also gets an M Sport steering wheel, M seats, and aluminum pedals.
BMW has offered the M340i in three exterior color options – Sunset Orange, Dravit Grey Metallic, and Tanzanite Blue. The brand is also offering three accessories packages with the M340i that includes Enthusiast, Racer, and Motorsport Packages.
BMW 3 Series M340i xDrive: Features
The M340i is loaded up to the brim. It gets adaptive LED headlamps with laser high beams, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple Carplay & Android Auto, 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a head-up display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, three-zone climate control, wireless charging, paddle shifters, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, and many more.
Safety is covered by six airbags, dynamic traction control, ISOFIX child seat anchorage, side-impact protection, cornering brake control, parking sensors with a rearview camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The M340i xDrive also gets some other notable mechanical upgrades over the standard petrol trims that mainly include a stiffer M-specific suspension, an M Sport differential, M Sport brakes, and an M Sport exhaust system.
BMW 3 Series M340i xDrive: Powertrain
Being a sportier version of the 3 Series, the new M340i not only gets a visually sporty appearance but also offers a lot more excitement for the extra buck. The M340i is powered by a 3.0-liter, in-line, six-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine (instead of regular models 2.0L 4-cylinder motor) that churns out 387PS and 500Nm of torque. Being an xDrive trim, the power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed Steptronic Sport automatic gearbox.
In the Indian market, the BMW M340i xDrive rivals the likes of the Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe (Rs 80.17 lakh) and the upcoming facelifted Audi S5 Sportback.