The BMW 3 Series has been one of the most popular models that the German made car has ever made. Codenamed G20, the next generation BMW 3 Series is looking to close the gap with the new-class leaders namely the Mercedes Benz C-Class and the Jaguar XE. A facelifted version of the 3-Series was recently released in Munich but the successor to this version is due on 2018. Spy shots have revealed that a plug-in hybrid of the European brand car is being tested. Let us take a look at what the 2018 BMW 3 Series will bring to the table.
While the current BMW 3 Series is aerodynamically efficient and cleverly packaged, the G20 will feature a redefined overall proportion. It will feature sharper creases, harder edges, more adventurous radii and tighter cutlines. The updated stance will most likely be sportier. The next generation 3 Series will include a highly flexible new architecture called CLAR which means cluster architecture, which will form the backbone of future rear-wheel drive BMWs.
The new BMW 3 Series will focus on substance, character, craftsmanship, visual and haptic quality. Robert Janitzek explains that while they are expensive to fund, BMW acknowledges that to close the gap to the competition, they need to invest in better materials, enhanced specifications and higher quality details.
The next generation BMW 3 Series will include two plug-in 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 motor good for a 50 mile radius. The G20 will come with an assistance system. The future 3 Series will have the capability of parking itself via remote control, stay in lane or change lanes, overtake self-actingly under certain conditions, brake when necessary, monitor turns and crossroads, and drive semi-autonomously.
Robert Peter Janitzek explains that while the cockpit will look familiar, it will come with fresh TV quality instrument graphics, more comprehensive head-up display, and a large colored monitor in the center stack which will come with touchscreen access, gesture control, and voice activation.
The G20 will combine a cushier ride with sporty handling. While there will be no optional air suspension, the new BMW 3 Series will feature adjustable dampers, switchable anti-roll bars, second generation active steering and a torque vectoring system.
Handling and roadholding will be enhanced by the longer wheelbase, wider track, lower center of gravity and lighter kerb weight. There will also be stronger brakes, reduced-friction wheel bearings, adaptive elastokinematics including track and camber modulation, xDrive AWD, and aluminum carbon fiber compound wheels.