The next-generation BMW G20 3 Series is rumored to feature a radical and fresh design, and it’s set to arrive in 2018. Most of the renderings floating on the Internet show an evolutionary design which builds atop the present 3 Series with some visual upgrades – slimmer, full LED headlights, more aggressive front bumper with large air intakes, and the OLED taillights introduced by the new M4 GTS. This latest one from AutoBild follows the same idea.
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. Sources say the G20 3 Series will feature 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.
The dimensions are pretty much the same as the current generation F30, with the exception of the wheelbase which is about 7cm longer.
BMW is also working on the modernization of its current engine kit. The start of production of the 3 Series 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.
According to one of our sources in Munich, the range will go from the base 318i to the top M340i model that will be replacing the current 340i version, thus offering an M Performance Automobile under the 3 Series umbrella for the first time in its history. As a lot of people expected, the M340i will become a proper rival for the Audi S4 and the Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG, models that have been set up from the beginning to stand out from their ‘lesser’ brothers.
On the diesel front things will be the same. The US might get only one diesel, in the guise of the 330d which will be powered by an upgraded B47 2-liter 4-cylinder engine with over 200 HP. On the global scale of things, the diesel range will go from the 316d model up to the M340d version that will be using a 3-liter biturbo engine good for around 320 HP and 650 Nm (480 lb-ft) of torque.