Regardless of the lengthy wheelbase, the three Sequence Gran Limousine is pretty agile and well-mannered at excessive speeds
The three Sequence has lengthy been regarded among the best driver’s vehicles on the market. Nonetheless with this, the long-wheelbase three Sequence Gran Limousine, BMW has additionally focussed on improved rear seat consolation for the chauffer pushed. So can the three Sequence Gran Limousine ship one of the best of each worlds?
From the entrance, it’s nearly unattainable to inform the Gran Limousine aside from the usual three Sequence. 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 equivalent 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 general stance works nicely. If something, the additional size provides a touch of class to the design and there’s no interruption to the pure circulation of strains.
On the rear, the largest giveaway that that is the lengthy wheelbase automobile are the oblong exhaust ideas and the L badge on the boot lid.
Transferring 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 crammed out and extra contoured to carry you in place higher. Thigh help is sweet, as is the seat top and the backrest appears to be set at simply the best angle.
The brand new headrests and re-aligned elbow relaxation additionally help in bettering consolation.
The massive facet home windows and sunroof add to the sensation of area and airiness within the cabin although the massive central tunnel does restrict room for the center passenger. The air-conditioning additionally needed to work onerous to chill the cabin regardless of this being the good 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 simple. The iDrive system stays one of the best and the best to make use of within the section and the digital instrument panel is sharp and shiny. The latter isn’t simple to learn, nevertheless, and high quality on the panel that surrounds the gear lever isn’t nice both.
In the case of 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 Consolation Bundle additionally contains an iPad AIR in your rear seat leisure wants. Nonetheless, there are not any cooled or massaging seats and there are not any semi-autonomous driving modes both.
Transferring to the engine, BMW’s acquainted 2.0-litre diesel mill — with two sequential turbos — is responsive and really refined. It’s muted for essentially the most half, solely getting gruff when wound onerous. Preliminary responses are excellent, 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 nicely delivering the perfect steadiness between easy transitions and fast shifts.
In comparison with the usual three Sequence, the Gran Limousine will get a softer suspension set-up and sits 6mm greater to help the ramp over angle. Because of this, the suspension is much less busy at low speeds, there’s a suppleness to the trip much like on bigger, extra comfort-oriented vehicles and bump absorption is spectacular too. The automobile additionally pitches little or no on a foul street, and the 225/50 R17 tyres spherical out small floor imperfections properly. Straight line stability too could be very spectacular.
The Gran Limousine, nevertheless, isn’t as agile as the usual three Sequence within the corners and there’s extra physique roll too. That mentioned, it nonetheless feels extra agile and on the ball than the three Sequence GT — the automobile it replaces — and it even drives higher than many rivals. In actual fact, drive it in isolation, and it even feels playful and assured sufficient to take pleasure in 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 three Sequence Gran Limousine ship one of the best of each worlds and dominate its class? It definitely delivers loads of area and luxury within the rear, it drives nicely and BMW has additionally centered on ensuring the automobile rides nicely too. Regardless of 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 an everyday three Sequence, it might have been higher outfitted and at a worth of ₹ 51.50-53.90 lakh (ex-showroom), the additional legroom comes at a premium.
What is going to 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 expertise.
This BMW clearly has the potential to be a best-seller.