The next 2018 BMW 3 Series – built under the G20 code – was detected before its launch in 2018. This model should be revealed by the end of 2017 before being sold the summer the following year. A number of variants have already been spotted, including a sporty M340i and what appears to be an electric variant.
The images provided by BMWblog give us an idea of what this model might look like in the future.
Style 2018 BMW 3 Series G20
The next style in the 3 series is supposed to be evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, with the latest style language of the company. BMW’s exclusive kidney grilles will still dominate the front of the car, although they probably increase in size compared to the current model – flanked by a pair of slim LED lights, which may include laser illumination in top- spec.
The design of the front bumper should vary depending on the type of trim you choose – the deluxe trim should have thin air intakes, while the M Sport models should have large air intakes characterized by A honeycomb grid design.
The rear of the car should feature tail lights with L-Shared LED signatures and a sporty bumper design with a different exhaust design depending on the variant of the model. It is believed that the dimensions of the prototypes are very close to the final production car, suggesting that the 3 series should be carefully proportioned with small overhangs, making it as beautiful as the model it replaces.
2018 BMW 3 Series G20 Interior
The new 3 Series should feature a plush cabin with a range of available technologies. A more sport-oriented interior would offer support seats, a thick reinforced steering wheel and red interior trim.
Indoor spyshots suggest that the next 3 series could include digital gauges replacing more traditional analogs with a headup display function, a feature found in the current 5 and 7 series. The BMW iDrive entertainment system with gesture control should also be present with a choice range of interior finishing – depending on the selected cut.
2018 BMW 3 Series G20 Engines
The current range of gasoline turbo engines, diesel engines and electric variants should remain slightly modified. Input level engines will be in the form of 2.0-liter petrol and diesel engines, while more sporting 3.0-liter engines will also be available. We expect BMW to offer a plug-in hybrid and possibly an electric version of the 3 Series at some point in its lifetime. All models should be offered with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The car will use BMW’s CLAR platform, making it lighter and more rigid than the current generation – some sources suggesting up to 80 kg – this will help the car’s handling and energy efficiency. An M340i performance model could be a new addition to the range, filling the gap between the 340i and the high performance M340i. This will be the first time that BMW has offered a ‘M Performance’ car in the 3 Series range – which allows it to compete more directly with Audi S4 and Mercedes C43 AMG.
Price and release date 2018 BMW 3 Series G20
The G20 3 series can start in the second half of 2017 at the Frankfurt Motorshow in September. A series of entry-level 3 should be valued at £ 26,000, while mid-range models will cost over £ 30,000.