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.
On the same G20 platform, BMW will build their M3 and M4 sporty athletes. Even though the two M brothers just launched in 2014, rumors around the next generation are starting to pop up. The insiders say the M3 and M4 will adopt electronic turbochargers and water injection to push engine output to around 500 hp. Currently, the 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbo engine found in the M3/M4 makes 425 horsepower. A BMW M4 GTS with more power is expected to launch next year.
With about seven years left in the development cycle, many things could change for the next M3/M4, so for now, we should take these reports with a grain of salt.