The modern and slimmer BMW 3 Series was formed ahead of the release early next year and a preview of this exclusive image can be seen. BMW is preparing to launch the most important car in this decade: the new seventh generation 3 series. Saloon will be the star of the brand at the Paris Motor Show in September and will usher in a new platform and more electrification when arriving in the showroom early next year.
Under the skin, the new Series 3 will switch to BMW’s new CLAR platform, which also supports the larger Series 5 and X3 SUVs. This allows the new powertrain generation to be installed.
The most significant of these is the fully electric version, which will sit on the same platform and be given an i4 badge. Based on the Vision Dynamics concept from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it will arrive in 2020 and will have an all-electric range of up to 700 kilometers.
Before that, two hybrid variants of the plug-in would be launched to satisfy consumers’ growing appetite for PHEV. The first, expected to be given a 325e badge, will feature the same powertrain as the MINI Countryman PHEV, which consists of a 1.5-liter 148-bit 1.5-liter petrol engine and a 110bhp electric motorbike.
It looks like BMW will also launch a second stronger plug-in hybrid, producing 330e, which will use a turbo engine and a 2.0-liter electric motor to develop around 280bhp. The pair will also be compatible with BMW’s inductive charging technology, which is launched with a larger 530e later this year.
Of course, plug-in hybrids will still play a secondary role in the engine line-up; a new range of hydro and diesel power plants will continue to be a more popular choice with buyers.
The gasoline motor will start with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine on the 318i, while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo will feature in the 320i and 330i, with the expected strength ranging from 190bhp to 260bhp.
All diesel engines used are 2.0-liter four-cylinder units, with outputs ranging from 150bhp and up to around 230bhp. The low-powered model will be paired with a six-speed manual box, while the eight-speed automatic will be the standard in the stronger version. BMW’s four-drive xDrive drive will continue to be offered on selected variants as well.
Based on the wealth of spy shots, we know the new Series 3 won’t benefit from a dramatic redesign. Sharper lines and new headlamp and kidney settings will be displayed. It is important that BMW maintain the Series 3 design as flat as possible to ensure BMW remains one of the biggest sellers of the brand with fleet and private buyers.
The new backbone of the car also means the German manufacturer does not need to change the size of the Series 3 to get an increase in passengers or luggage space. The Mk7 saloon will grow a little long and wide and spill about 30-40kg in weight thanks to the cutting-edge architecture.