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BMW launches new M340i on the Indian market

Thursday, May 27, 2021

BMW unveils another new variant of its 3 Series model lineup, the M340i. Sales of the sporty compact sedan began in India on March 10, 2021. The top model is a BMW 3 Series upgraded by in-house tuner M-Performance. Under the hood works a 3-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 387 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted via an 8-speed automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive. The BMW manages the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds. Compared to a standard 3-series car, the M340i has received a special exhaust system, stronger brakes and sport suspension. Cosmetic changes include front and rear LED lights, chrome grille, 19-inch aluminum wheels and a revised exhaust trim. The interior is largely identical to a standard 2021 BMW 3-series, which means a 10.25-inch touchscreen, iDrive system, 3-zone automatic climate control, parking sensors and a digital dashboard in the center. The M variant differs only by various aluminum applications in the interior, which are intended to emphasize the sporty character of the vehicle.

 

 

In addition to the release of the new top model in BMW’s 3 Series, there have been other adjustments for the Indian market. These were made due to the introduction of the GT variants last month. For instance, the sole diesel 320d is now only available in the luxury trim. The gasoline 330i continues to be offered in Sport and M trim levels. Even though the Indian market remains attractive for luxury vehicles from foreign manufacturers, BMW saw a 31.5 percent drop in January over the past year. According to BMW India, the decline is due to the Covid 19 pandemic and related delivery issues. In 2020, BMW managed to sell a total of 6,604 vehicles, of which 6,092 were from the main brand and 512 from the Mini brand. Meanwhile, the BMW Motorcycles division saw a huge increase, with 2,563 two-wheelers sold last year. Most in demand were the touring models R1250 GS/GSA and F750/850 GS, which accounted for 80 percent of all sales.

Cars and two-wheelers and their components must be certified in India according to AIS guidelines. AIS stands for Automotive Industry Standards, the technical automotive standards for India. MPR International GmbH – India Certification will be pleased to assist you with AIS certification and is also available to answer any questions you may have.

AIS stands for Automotive Industry Standards, the technical automotive standards for India, while TAC stands for Type Approval Certificate. This kind of automotive product certifiation is conducted by authorities like the International Center for Automotive Technology (iCAT).

Depending on the product category, there are different certification steps. We will be happy to advise you on certification in India like AIS, BIS, WPC, TEC or PESO and are always available to answer your questions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further details and consultation. You can contact us via e-mail, or call us (UK: +44 2071931135, Rest of Europe: +49 69 2713769261, US: +1 773 654-2673).
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You can also check out our free AIS-Brochure, which can be downloaded right here as a PDF file.

Verena Numssen

About the author: Verena Numssen is managing director of MPR International GmbH

Publisher: MPR International GmbH

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