The launch of the new G20 BMW 3 Series is getting closer, raising our pulses in anticipation and bringing some to the verge of apoplexy. Why so much fuss? Some of you might ask that and it’s completely normal to do so, but for an avid BMW fan, the reasons are rather obvious, as the 3 Series has been the best selling model in BMW’s stable for decades, since it was launched. Therefore, a lot is riding on the new chapter in its history book and the Bavarians know it.

The latest sighting of the G20 model happened earlier this year and the video below shows us a 3 Series model in pre-production guise, carefully covered by BMW’s old camouflage pattern. The car is bound to be unveiled late this year, and until then the engineers have to iron out every single potential complaint we might have when getting to drive the new model. Not only that but the competition these days is fiercer than ever and, with the rise of electric vehicles undeniable, the 3er has some pretty strong headwinds to deal with.

Among the competition we need to name the usual Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4, as well as newcomers like the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Jaguar XE, both exceptional cars in terms of driving dynamics. Then there’s the Cadillac ATS as well, a car that was so highly praised when it came to the way it drives, that it surely prompted the people working on the new 3er to pay attention. As for the BMW, we’re pretty sure it will deliver in all the right areas.

According to our sources we’ll get a new M Performance model which will also be the only 6-cylinder choice for enthusiasts. The M340i will be using a B58 engine making close to 400 HP while the other 6-cylinder monster, the M340d will come with over 300 HP and diesel-specific level of torque. Other than that, expect 2-liter and 1.5-liter engines to populate the model range, while a plug-in hybrid model is not out of discussion. Some are also expecting an EV to be built under the 3 Series moniker but that’s not going to happen, at least at first.