The 3 Series is the bread-and-butter car for BMW. No model sells better, none shines with more variety in terms of body styles and technology, and in 2018, it will come with a new technology package and clothes.
Built under the codename G20, the new 3er aims to fix some of the current shortcomings of the F30 model and deliver a more compelling product. The design will feature sharper edges, a bolder radius narrow joins and clearer differentiation of equipment lines.
The new G20 family is built upon the originally called ‘35up’ platform, now CLAR, which will be found in the next 3, 5, 6 and 7 Series models. The platform mixes high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber to drop around 80kg from today’s 5-series. CLAR, a contraction of Cluster Architecture, depicts the extra flexibility provided by fewer but more versatile submodules (clusters) which are more extensively adjustable in content, size and adaptability.
The new architecture also offers enough room for a longer wheelbase and a shorter front overhang.
The new 3 Series is rumored to feature a three-cylinder engine for the first time. The 316i model would use the 1.5 liter engine from the 218i and MINI Cooper, while the 316d will come with the 122-hp three-cylinder from MINI Cooper D.
The 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbos and the the upcoming revised 3.0 liter six-cylinder would also power the 3er lineup.
A 340i and 340d models would be at the top of the lineup.
In the case of hybrids, BMW will rely on broad scalability. The new hybrid tech will include charging mode (plug-in or inductive), electric motor (60 or 90 kW), range (50, 80 or 100 miles), batteries (range battery or power battery) and Nitro.
Safety Features, Assistance Systems And Improved Dynamics
The assistance systems are said to be taken from the 7 Series. The new 3 Series would be able to automatically parallel park, keep the lanes or assist with lane switching, brake in case of danger, overtake under certain conditions, driving semi-autonomous and assist the driver in stop-and-go traffic up to 60 km/h.
Inside, the new Head-Up Display will provide a variety of additional information, while the iDrive system can be controlled via gestures, touches or knob-controlled input.
The new 2018 BMW 3 Series will also feature easy wheel bearings, wheels made of aluminum carbon fiber composite, track / camber and caster adjustable wheel with faster and more accurate torque distribution, and improved ESP.
Germans love the Touring (G21), so the new 3 Series will continue to be offered in the sports wagon format. For China, there will be a four-door again in a long version (G28). The long wheelbase provides a basis for the next 3 Series GT (G24) and the 4 Series Gran Coupe (G26).