A new report from Car Magazine provides new details about the next generation BMW 3 Series (codename: BMW G20). According to the report, the next-gen model is coming to the market in 2018. Referring to unnamed insiders, the report says that its design will see a dramatic change with redefined overall proportions. The company is eyeing improvements in the car’s “substance, character, craftsmanship, visual and haptic quality”.
The compact executive car should be expected to offer more content and variety as well as better value with the optional equipment packs. There may be options of upgraded sport brakes and power boost on the M pack, and custom assistance systems and a highly-capable infotainment system on the luxury trim levels.
The G20 BMW 3 Series will challenge the 99 g/km CO2-emitting Jaguar XE with efficient, sub-100 g/km CO2-emitting three-cylinder engine, indicates the report. The 316i variant will sport a 136 bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine, while the 316d be powered by a 122 bhp diesel engine.
The power and torque of the 3.0-litre engines will be increased approximately by 30 bhp and 30 Nm respectively. The next gen BMW M3 and BMW M4 will sport 500 bhp straight-six engines featuring e-chargers and water injection. More than two plug-in hybrids can be expected, one with a 1.5-litre petrol unit paired to a 60 kW electric motor offering a 30-mile (48 km) range, and another with a 2.0-litre engine paired to a 90 kW electric motor offering a 50-mile (80 km) range.
There will be some autonomous driving features also, as per the report. The car will be capable of parking itself when commanded via remote control, staying in or change lanes by itself, overtaking and braking by itself, monitoring turns and crossroads and driving semi-autonomously on highways and in traffic conditions at up to 40 mph (60 km/h).
Unlike the Mercedes C-Class, optional air suspension won’t be offered. Adjustable dampers, switchable anti-roll bars, new generation Active Steering and a new torque vectoring system will however be offered, concludes the report.
[Source: Car Magazine]