The upcoming BMW G20 3 Series has a lot of tough competition to go up against when it comes out next year, but according to our sources, it is ready to take on that challenge with a series of innovative features for the segment and a more daring daring compared to the current generation 3er.
BMW is also listening to its critics and fans alike and will be looking to give its upcoming models a more different look between different classes and segments. Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW Group Chief of Design, said it is time to differentiate the cars launched in the future by even more, to give each its own character.
“Each new car going forward now, we believe has to have fresh character of its own. The new 3 [Series] will be part of this new form language, but also will have a couple of characteristics that are unique to that car.”
Our own sources also say that the 3 Series will have its own identify within the BMW lineup, and it will not be a smaller 5 Series.
Likely the the biggest news with the G20 3 Series will probably be the new instrument cluster that will debut on the 8 Series next summer. Furthermore, ambient lighting with a choice of 16 different light combinations will be included, for that serene and classy atmosphere inside the cabin at night.
To boot, the headlights will be fitted with adaptive LED lights as standard while LaserLight technology will be optional choice for those who prefer to see more on the road at night. With adaptive beams, the LaserLight headlights will light up the road ahead up to 600 meters, this kind of technology being reserved solely for the 7 Series range up until not long ago.
Just like the new G30 5 Series, the new 3 Series is built upon the CLAR architecture. Thanks to CFRP components and a higher proportion of aluminum, the platform allows the new 3 Series to weigh around 40 kg less than the outgoing model, resulting in a sportier drive and lower fuel consumption.
Yet despite those comments by BMW executives, rendering artists are going with a conservative approach when it comes to G20 illustrations. Take for example these two images from Autobild that portray the new G20 3 Series as an evolutionary model over the current F30 generation.
BMW will unveil the new 3 Series late next year, followed by a market introduction in 2019.