BMW will launch a convertible version of the 3-Series in Asia soon. The 3-Series is BMW Asia’s bread and butter model and is currently available in 4-door guise only. However BMW is doing the smart thing of offering a diesel version only of the 3-Series Convertible, bookings for which have already commenced. The 330d Convertible will use the 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder motor which produces 243 BHP of power and 520 Nm of torque. Mated to a 7-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters, the 330d convertible can reach 100 kmph in 7 seconds and on to a top speed of 245 kmph.
The BMW 3-Series Convertible features a hard top and will be imported as a CBU, pushing the price to above Rs. 50 lakhs. This makes the convertible model of the 3-Series more than Rs. 20 lakhs dearer than the top of the line 320d variant. However BMW has positioned the 330d Convertible right below the Z4, which lacks an oil burner and offers lesser space too. The three-piece roof takes close to 22 seconds to deploy and will reduce boot space to 140-liters from the 4-door sedan’s 350-liters. With practicality being thrown out of the roof, the 330d Convertible is just a cool way for BMW to showcase its international line-up to us.