Latest issue of Autobild introduces a new rendering of the future BMW G20 3 Series. The current 3 Series’ competitors have caught up, so the 3 Series isn’t the dominating car it once was. The likes of Jaguar XE and Mercedes-Benz C Class are challenging its status quo and BMW is in need of a new, fresh model.
We’ve seen some spy shots of the upcoming G20-generation 3 Series but we haven’t been able to make much of its design out. We know that it will be built on BMW’s new architecture, the very same one that underpins the current BMW 7 Series and will be used for every future rear-wheel drive BMW moving forward. That means that the 3 Series will have the same Carbon Core technology as the Big 7, which will likely make it the lightest car in its class. It will also be more rigid and far more dynamic. Think of what this architecture has done for the 7 Series over the previous model.
Yet judging by some of the spy photos out there, the headlights seem to have slimmed down quite a bit on this G20 compared to the current F30 generation. They seem to be much narrower and the kidney grilles seem to have grown a bit, similar to the new G30 5 Series. So it is definitely taking some front end design from its bigger brother. The front overhang is still very short and the Hofmeister Kink also remains. Aside from that, there really isn’t much to see, though.
Furthermore, this rendering is showing the front end of a fully electric 3 Series which we know it’s coming. The other image highlights the design of a conventionally-powered 3 Series.
BMW is also 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.