Next-gen BMW 3 Series renderings show a radical design change

Rumors | November 6th, 2015 by 34
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Next generation BMW 3 Series is bound to feature a more radical, edgy and flashy design. Along with the new X3, the G20 3 Series …

Next generation BMW 3 Series is bound to feature a more radical, edgy and flashy design. Along with the new X3, the G20 3 Series will take advantage of a new design language and a new platform.

Almost every fourth BMW sold – 24 percent – belongs to the 3 Series family, so flops are not allowed. To ensure that this doesn’t happen, the 2018 successor – with the code G20 – must be engineered to the last detail.

New, Fresh Design

Autobild Germany says the new 7 Series has opened the eyes of the BMW bosses – great car, superior driving qualities – but the car does not look as new as it really is. Therefore, the next 3er must be very clearly distinguished from its predecessor. This applies not only to the interior, but also to the exterior design.

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The old 3 Series goes, the new 3 Series comes, but in the same segment, the same price range and for the same audience?

In practice, the classification of the G20 family is, however, much more complicated. These are the main factors:

  • The next 1 Series switches is rumored to move from rear to front-wheel drive
  • The 2 Series remains with the rear-wheel drive and with the 2 Series Gran Coupe moves fairly close to the 3 Series
  • The M2 takes the M3’s from ten years ago, so its successor needs to move up.

BMW design team was tasked with an interesting project – design the future 3 Series which is not only extremely luxurious and full of tech, but also the Ultimate Driving Machine. Renderings by Autobild and Autozeitung reveal some cutting edge design lines, with more sculpted surfaces than the current generation and more luxurious looks. The use of chrome is an interesting choice since it denotes both a sporty and premium design.

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Modular Architecture

The underpinnings of the G20 3 Series come from the CLAR platform. The modular architecture provides high flexibility, multi-material capability, improved stiffness and lower weight. CLAR can be used with four different drive concept – petrol / diesel, hybrid, electric BEV, fuel cell FCEV. To get this complexity under control, BMW developed – for vehicles with an alternative engine – a new centerpiece housed between the axles: the so-called flat memory module. If it sounds familiar is because a similar approach is also used by Audi, Mercedes and Porsche.  Also planned are innovative, scalable lighting technology – in the top model with lasers and OLEDs – more stability control systems, Integral Active Steering, active anti-roll bars, progressive rear axle and a new generation of brakes for 3 and 4 Series.


New Engines

BMW is working on the modernization of its current engine kit. The start of production of the 3 Series – scheduled for summer of 2018 – will coincide with the launch of an electrically driven compressor (instant torque), more powerful 48V systems and an advanced regen system that can recirculate 20 kW and more.

Electric or partially electric driving follows four steps:

  • A plug-in hybrid with four-cylinder gasoline engine, but significantly more power than the current 330e.
  • An eDrive sport with more battery power (75 to 90 kWh), greater range and a shorter charging time.
  • After 2020, an eDrive BEV with similar equipment built in China for the long wheelbase electric 5 Series.
  • After 2025, depending on the conditions, probably also as a fuel cell.


The new 3 Series aims to dominate the next step of digitization. Instruments, head-up display and central monitor are combined into a composite indicator ergonomically placed in the cabin with pre-defined priorities and information to come into view. The input is amplified by touch, zoom and wipe commands, but gesture and view control could be a part of the system as well.

An interoperable voice control makes the known rotary-push iDrive knob long superfluous.

Driving Assistance Systems

The assistance systems are refined and expanded. The Traffic Jam Assistant works in G20 3 Series initially up to 60 km/h, lane changes are initiated fully automatically on command and/or the driver is allowed – under certain conditions – to even take his eyes off the road for a short time.

By using the keyfob from outside the car, the G20 3 Series can be automatically parked, just like the new 7 Series.

Most systems can be updated over-the-air and they can communicate with each other and with the data storage in the cloud.

BMW is clearly entering a new era of automobiles and if at least half of those rumors come true, then the future looks bright for the Bavarians and its customers.

[Source: Autobild]

34 responses to “Next-gen BMW 3 Series renderings show a radical design change”

  1. Nedlands says:

    100 x better than the melted c class rubbish

  2. John says:

    MY EYES!!!

  3. 3erman says:

    Its not a Honda……That’s an Old Acura TL. Honda must have bought a percentage of BMW

  4. jason bourne says:

    What is with the large elongated grille? The car is starting to look like a Lincoln. :(

  5. Giom says:

    Can you people really not tell the difference between an artist render and something from BMW? Relax already!

  6. FilipMPower says:

    Headlights and grille have to be adjusted, and the rear exhaust (WTF is that?) but other than that its fairly cool and modern.

  7. Michael Christopher Frazier IV says:

    The doors look ridiculous. Those pinstripes would be a mockery of the userbase. The author of these images decides to use rounded edges on the doors yet makes all other lines ridged? The headlamps look retarded, the air dam looks retarded, the kidney grills look retarded, the SINGLE integrated exhaust tip looks even more retarded… and what the fuck is that split looking trunk lid? Possibly the only thing that looks remotely like a BMW is the rear lights which were obviously borrowed from the vision sedan concept but then the author decides to smash this together with an A4/A5 rear end. Now all we need is that new disaster of a M-Performance logo they just debuted on the 340i and bam! instant loss of loyalty credit here.

  8. Stephen says:

    Repulsive renderings and sickening rumors that are probably true. Hello digital. Goodbye ultimate driving machine.

  9. Badsector says:

    I have to say its horrible if this is a real design candidate.

  10. M/// says:

    I’ve had 8 BMW’s including 2 M5’s and 2 3 series. This one if real is a repulsive design. This looks like a stepchild of an Acura TL and a Lincoln MKZ.. WTF BMW. Say it isn’t so.

  11. LucyPup says:

    No! As in Yes! Can anyone say 300M? Excellent the way they’ve pulled the sides and sills down. PRESENCE.

  12. Senne says:

    Sounds really exciting! The next gen 3 Series will demolish the competition! But it should arrive before 2018, because by then the current 3 Series F30/F31 will be really old, I think… 2017 would be better! :D

  13. Julien says:

    is this even serious ?

  14. Efoza says:

    Many in industry say that BMW should have been radical with the new 7 series so to set the benchmark. Why on earth it made the mistake of not doing so, I do not know. What is also worrying is that the new 5 series, based on what I have seen and the rumours, is also based on a conservative bland design. So I would not be surprised that BMW will be panicking by 2018 when the sales figures will be down and thus a need for a radical rethink on design. If this rendering is true to its premise, perhaps they have already started the same mind set so to bring life back to BMW designs.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      New design comes out in 2017 with the new X3

      • Efoza says:

        Thanks. Let’s wait and see how it looks. I actually personally like the new 7 series’s looks, and have ordered one for myself which is due in about 3 weeks, but I can see how it would simply be eaten up in respect of sales when the S Class facelift arrives end of 2016 and then the all new A8 in 2017. This is the problem with bland designs; they just get eaten up by the more brash designs, and not necessarily better cars, when it comes to the sales figures.

        • Senne says:

          Congratulations! The new 7 Series is really astonishing! :D I really hope the new 7 can finally out-sell that stupid S Class. The 7 is at least as luxurious, way better driving, lighter and thus more fuel efficient and has way more technology! :) Have fun, you made the right choice!

          • Efoza says:

            Thanks Senne. I agree, the 7 is an epic of a car. It is simply way ahead of the game with its tech and quality drive. It is just a shame that the exterior design of the car is too bland, otherwise, it would most certainly have outsold the S Class. Let’s not forget that 90% of S Class cars are sold to be used as taxis whereas 90% of 7 series cars are actually owner driven. So the Benz with its more brash looks and heavy discounts will most likely remain the ultimate taxi car and the 7 will remain the ultimate driving machine!

          • Senne says:

            You’re right. But especially cause the 7 is still the Ultimate Driving Machine, I think it’s looks are the way they should be: sporty, yet luxurious and classy. I don’t like the looks of the S Class either, because it’s only classy and not a bit sporty… I keep hoping the 7 will out-sell the S Class. But you could be right about the taxi-thing.

  15. Jay Selby says:

    The front looks like a Toyota Avensis now. Kidney grills are so big they’ve joined. I hope it’s just some blogger’s imagination and won’t become reality. I guess this is Trick rather than Treat…

  16. letazz says:

    Any design is better than what we have today, i like it. Its about time they radicalize the current BMWs. They should bring Chris Bangle’s designs back i love how the E60 has turned out to be..timeless.

  17. FRED says:

    uggly so uggly , this is not BMW…
    Well this is a rendering of 5 years in the future..hopefully..

  18. KellyVanRijn says:

    It looks like a Ford Taurus.

  19. carmouflagger says:

    The last picture is straight up Jaguar XF minus the taillights and exhaust.

  20. Oliver says:

    Looks like a Skoda.

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