The engines of the 2019 BMW 3 Series uncovered

3-Series | February 12th, 2018 by 47
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We have already advanced a lot of information about the new generation of the BMW 3 Series, lost weight and much more technologically advanced than …

We have already advanced a lot of information about the new generation of the BMW 3 Series, lost weight and much more technologically advanced than its predecessor, distancing themselves from their competitors, but the character of the 3er model is also measured by its engines offering that we will reveal to you today.

The new BMW 3 Series – which will be officially on sale in March 2019 – will not come with a revolution in the mechanical plane but rather all the propellers are well known, with some improvements in areas of efficiency and performance, as exhibited by the new 5 Series and X2.

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Tthe new 3 Series will continue to use the three-cylinder and 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo versions that are mounted on front-wheel drive models such as the MINI or the new X2. Although many believed that the three 1.5-liter cylinders would be delegated to the front-wheel drive models, the 3 Series will continue to have these powertrains.

We can also confirm that all blocks with TwinPower Turbo technology will have technical improvements such as increased pressure of the injection system (350 bar), the turbo blow pressure (up to 2500 bar) and a particulate filter which will be added in the gasoline versions. The diesel will get the SCR catalytic converter and AdBlue tank.

The new generation G20 of the 3 Series will offer different mechanical combinations in gasoline, diesel and plug-in hybrids, so below the “20i” and “20d” will be blocks of three cylinders and up to the “30i” and “30d” models, included, four-cylinder blocks will be used.

The top range versions, awaiting the arrival of the new generation of the M3, will be the M340i and M340d. Both equipped with a package design from M Performance, the two models will be the only versions of the range that will mount the six cylinders inline block with TwinScroll turbos and 3.0 liters, exclusively with all-wheel drive xDrive, differential M and eight-speed automatic transmission. In the case of diesel M340d, the estimated power will be between 320 and 330 HP, while in the case of the gasoline version, it will rise to 380 HP, a bit more than in the new X3 M40i.

The plug -in hybrid versions will be the 325e and 330e. The 325e version will use the same combination seen in the new MINI Cooper SE Countryman ALL4 and for the second, a four-cylinder block will be used. The power figures will be 230 hp in the 325e and 282 hp, approximately, in the 330e.

BMW will unveil the new 3 Series in October at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

Although the engines are known in the range – all are offered in the range of BMW models currently – as we have said they will have technical improvements in the offer of the new generation of the 3 Series that will mean small increases in power, torque and performance , but the manufacturer will offer a decaffeinated version of the block of the 320d version for the Efficient Dynamics with a maximum power of 170 HP , as you can see in the following table the power figures of the new range, approximate and pending confirmation.

Preliminary Figures

316d136 hp6-speed manual, 8-speed automaticRWD
318d163 hp6-speed manual, 8-speed autoRWD
320d204 hp6-speed manual, 8-speed autoRWD/xDrive
325d238 hp8-speed autoRWD/xDrive
330d265 hp8-speed autoRWD/xDrive
M340d320-340 hp8-speed autoxDrive
325e iPerformance230 hp8-speedxDrive
330e iPerformance265 hp8-speedxDrive
318i150 hp6-speed manual, 8-speed autoRWD
320i204 hp6-speed manual, 8-speed autoRWD/xDrive
320i Efficient Dynamics170 hp6-speed manual, 8-speed autoRWD
330i265 hp8-speed autoRWD/xDrive
M340i380 hp8-speed autoxDrive

47 responses to “The engines of the 2019 BMW 3 Series uncovered”

  1. Kjetil Bøe says:

    A 3-cylinder engine in the 3 series is old news. The 1.5 litre 318i sedan and touring have been on the market for a couple of years already.

  2. Mavricks16 says:

    Well that’s a bit disappointing if the M340i will be xDrive only. The 380hp sounds great though.

  3. Rad Dockery says:

    It better look good. And not like a smaller 5 series. Be Bold BMW!!!

  4. Dailybimmer says:

    Bmw design or rendering?

  5. ChriCh says:

    316d in the current model is 4 cylinder

  6. Wout says:

    EU regulation is locking on to ‘fake hybrids’. For the hybrids the size of the battery pack and the electrical range will be very important if the (hybrid) customer wants to benefit from the tax exceptions.

  7. typeshige says:

    No manual with more than 200 hp?

  8. Autopal says:

    Are these confirmed? 380hp in the M340i really sounds delicious,. It looks like BMW is finally taking the competition seriously.

  9. Autopal says:

    What does it say for the next M3 if the M340i will be pushing 380hp? Bearing in mind that the M3 has always have at least 100hp more than the next most powerful 3 series, could the next M3 be pushing 500hp? Wouldn’t that kind of power need Xdrive to really take it to the RS4?

    • CarbonX3M says:

      The E36 didn’t have 100hp more. In the US it only had about 50 more. Having a brain fart, but I don’t think the E46 did either.

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      That’s not exactly true but the highest standard 3 Series is positionned higher anyway, so it makes sense that the models would be closer on terms of performance

    • Wout says:

      Well, they market it as a M340i instead of a 340i. So my guess is that the performance gap will be smaller than with the previous generations. You can already see this ‘trend’ in the 2 and 5-series.

    • Jake Smith says:

      I think the rumors have speculated that the new G20 based M3 will be getting the new M5’s xDrive system so it can have the possibility of switching between rwd and awd

      • Senne says:

        It would only make sense to use the M xDrive as it offers best of both worlds: safe super fast daily driver and fun hooligan! Yes, it adds weight, but if they save that somewhere else, there’s really no issue there.

  10. Roland Renno says:

    A step closer to what I always wanted, smaller displacement/blocks with higher output.

  11. CarbonX3M says:

    The B58 only has 1 turbo. The M40i won’t have two. Only the S55 in the M3/4 has two turbos (as will the S58). BMW stopped offering 2 on the standard cars when they dropped the N54.

  12. Alex Shyshkov says:

    340 will be Auto only?! Give me 6speed!

  13. Thaal Rasha says:

    30d used to be 6 pots. looks like the 40d is the new 30d…

  14. Sebastian says:

    When will BMW make a higher output 2.0L 4-cyl engine? 265hp in the 330i is just 20hp more than the F30 328i when it came out. The competetion has those engines with 300hp or far more. I love the 6-cyl engines BMW makes, but I think there is still room for a +300hp 4-cyl between the 330i and M340i (335i maybe).

    • Jake Smith says:

      Thats pretty possible especially since the X2 M35i will be getting a 300horsepower 2L 4cylinder but I doubt it will really be brought to the G20

  15. ASD says:

    BMW ripped us and made 30i and 30d 4 cylinder. By hey, at least the 3 series is still RWD.

  16. Pretty surprised to see the iPerformance models having xDrive. That is new.

    • Mathis Haas says:

      And I seriously doubt that it is true, neither 530e nor 330e have xDrive in Europe

    • PMG_Barnham says:

      There was a UK Autocar article about 3 years ago that suggested plug in hybrid versions of next three series would have petrol engines driving front wheels and electric motors driving years with the battery where the prop shaft goes on rear wheel drive cars.

      • That setup is there in BMW 225xe and frankly it is not great. The electric motor is optimised for low speeds and after like 100km/h is no longer able to assist the petrol engine with power. And if your battery is empty, then you do not have 4 wheel drive anymore. In 330e the electric engine is between the gas engine and the gearbox, so it can help at any speed and can drive the same wheels that the gas engine is driving. One could add xDrive system after all that, but my impression was that there was not enough space there.

  17. Bchan says:

    I love silky-6, especially for light one. So I’m counting on a 333cc cylinder module to develop 2L I6.

  18. DSC OFF says:

    If they take the manual out of the 3 Series I think I might be done with BMW. :(

    • disqus_8YchtRit8p says:

      Who offers stick these days?

      • typeshige says:

        I do and all my car friends, but I realize they’re slower these days but I don’t think the fun and involvement has been matched by any paddle system I’ve sampled so far.

        If BMW doesn’t offer manual, then it’ll become that much closer than all the other competitors.

        • disqus_8YchtRit8p says:

          My question was which competitors offer stick?

          • DSC OFF says:

            Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

            Audi A4
            Audi A5

            BMW 2-Series,
            BMW M2
            BMW 3/4-Series
            BMW M3, M4

            Cadillac ATS/ATS-V

            Chevy Camaro – all versions
            Chevy Corvette – Stingray, Z06, Grand Sport
            Chevy SS – just died
            Chevy Spark
            Chevy Cruze
            Chevy Sonic
            Chevy Colorado (4 cylinder only)

            Dodge Challenger

            Fiat 124 Spider
            Fiat 500, also Abarth version
            Fiat 500X

            Ford Focus base, ST and RS
            Ford Fiesta base and ST
            Ford Mustang – all versions

            Honda Civic base, Si, Type R
            Honda Fit
            Honda Accord
            Honda HR-V

            Hyundai Veloster
            Hyundai Accent
            Hyundai Elantra/GT

            Jaguar F-Type (V6 only)
            Jeep Renegade
            Jeep Patriot (soon to die)
            Jeep Compass
            Jeep Wrangler

            Kia Rio
            Kia Forte
            Kia Soul

            Lotus Evora

            Mazda MX-5
            Mazda 3
            Mazda 6

            Mini Cooper

            Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
            Mitsubishi Mirage

            Nissan Versa
            Nissan Sentra
            Nissan Juke Nismo (fwd)
            Nissan Frontier (4 cyl 2wd only)
            Nissan 370Z
            Pagani Huayra – if you’re willing to pay for it

            Porsche 911 – excluding Turbo, and Turbo S
            Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman

            Ram truck (Cummins engine only)

            Smart ForTwo

            Subaru WRX
            Subaru WRX STI
            Subaru Crosstrek
            Subaru Forester
            Subaru BRZ
            Subaru Impreza

            Toyota 86
            Toyota Yaris, Yaris iA
            Toytoa Corolla, iM
            Toyota Tacoma

            VW Beetle
            VW Golf, GTI, Golf R
            VW Jetta

          • disqus_8YchtRit8p says:

            We must be in different markets, certainly Audi don’t offer manual here, our market probably doesn’t buy it. Pretty sure I would take auto. Bavarian over any of these. My e9 was auto., still a great highway cruiser.

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