BMW has launched the first-ever M340i xDrive in India, priced at INR 62,90,000, ex-showroom, Pan India. The car is being assembled at the company’s Chennai facility. Apparently, all units planned for production till June 2021 are sold, thanks to the pre-launch booking that started last week.
The M340i made its global debut in November 2019. For the Indian market, it’ll be available in Dravit Grey, Sunset Orange and Tanzanite Blue paint finishes. Elements such as the exterior mirror caps, air intake struts, trapezoidal tailpipe surrounds and the model badging are all finished in Cerium Grey metallic. As standard, the car rides on 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, while there’s an option for 19-inch ones. BMW Laserlight comes standard.
The M Sport suspension comes standard with more rigid bearings and body struts, firm springs and anti-roll bars. It lowers the ride height by 10 mm. The M Sport brakes come standard too with discs measuring 348 mm at the front and 345 mm at the rear.
Features in the cabin include front sport seats, M seat belts, M Sport leather-wrapped steering wheel, Anthracite headliner, 3-zone climate control, BMW Live Cockpit Professional (12.3-inch driver display and 10.25-inch central touchscreen), wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a Head-Up Display, Parking Assistant, and safety features such as airbags, Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control and more. Download the brochure here.
The M340i shouldn’t be confused with the new M3 that debuted in September 2020. While it is significantly powerful compared to the regular 3 Series petrol, it’s not the full-blown M car with 480 horses. With that out of the way, let’s take a look at the M340i’s powertrain. Speaking of which, it is powered by a 3.0-litre (2,998 cc) straight-six turbocharged petrol engine that develops 285 kW (387 metric hp) at 5,800 rpm and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque between 1,850-5,000 rpm. An 8-speed automatic gearbox drives all four wheels via xDrive AWD system. BMW claims a 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 4.4 seconds.