In 2018, BMW will unveil the G20 3 Series generation. To remain competitive in the premium segment, BMW aims to offer an edgy and premium design to successfully compete with Mercedes-Benz and Audi.
The rumormill churns out that the G20 3 Series’ design has sharper creases, harder edges, more adventurous radii and even tighter cutlines. The sources also say the G20 is more about “substance, character, craftsmanship, visual and haptic quality. The design phase is likely now moving into the clay models phase and the winning design is going to be chosen this year.
A reader of ours, Tobias Hornof, created some rendering images of what the G20 3 Series could look like.
Using the current generation F30 3 Series and some new design cues seen in the BMW design language, Hornof gives the 3 Series a fresh look while retaining its historical proportions and stance. The front-end stands out with more sculpted 3D kidney grilles and elongated laser headlights.
The back features the iconic L-shaped taillights now with OLED and thinner and more subtle exhaust tips. While BMW designers are the only ones that have the key to the G20 design language, it’s interesting to see what the possibilities are.
Built on the highly flexible new architecture known as CLAR – short for cluster architecture – the new 3 Series will also deliver improved driving dynamics and sportiness. To close the gap to the competition, BMW is said to invest in better materials, enhanced specification and higher-quality details such as carpets, rubber seals and sill covers. Inside the cabin, BMW is likely to put TV quality instrument graphics, a more comprehensive head-up display, and a large color monitor in the center stack which blends touchscreen access, gesture control and voice activation with the good old iDrive knob.
Furthermore, the 2018 3 Series aims to offer more variety and better value for the money, which translates into optional sport brakes, power kits for the M Pack, bespoke assistance systems and a top of the line infotainment system in some lines.
Efficiency is at the core of the G20 models and the new 3 Series is all set to undercut the 100g/km CO2 emission mark by introducing the miserly three-cylinder engine to the near-premium segment. The entry-level 316i will feature a 1.5 liter three-cylinder unit producing 136 hp, while its diesel counterpart, the 316d, produces 122 horsepower. The bread and butter of the new 3 Series will be the 2.0 liter four-cylinder engines which will account for most sales. The six-cylinder units are bound to get significant power upgrades as well, the 340i is rumored to make 365 hp. The 328i’s power also jumps to 260 horsepower.
Hybrid drivetrains are also part of BMW’s future strategy so expect to see two hybrids: a 1.5-liter version with a 60kW e-motor good for a 30-mile range, and a 2.0-liter model with a 90kW e-motor permitting a 50-mile range.
Deliveries of the new G20 3 Series will start in 2019.