BMW has been developing the new-gen 3 Series for a year now. The Bavarian carmaker has codenamed the new 3 Series ‘G20’ and a pair of test mules have been spotted once again in its hometown of Munich. Both the mules are in two different trims and have dropped considerable camo from their previous sighting.
Of the two test mules, one is the standard trim and the other is in an M-Sport guise. The standard one features a subtle fascia with simple bumpers and circular exhaust tips at the back. The M-Sport, on the other hand, flaunts more aggressive front bumpers and trapezoidal dual-exhaust ports. Both the cars look production ready under the lesser camouflage.
The headlights are more in line with the new BMW family design seen on the bigger 5 and 7 Series sedans. The new lighting signature with LED matrix units can also be seen in the pictures. Overall, owing to the new design language, the new 3 looks more mature in terms of styling. Even the new grille is similar to the one seen on the current 5 Series. As it is based on the new CLAR architecture, the new 3 will now be lighter, more dynamic and spritely in nature than the outgoing F30.
The new platform will also help the new 3 to grow in size. The wheelbase will extend a bit to make it more spacious on the inside. The cabin will be borrowed from the larger sedans and will be distinctively BMW. You can further expect a slew of features to be packed in the new 3.
There will be a revised powertrain under the hood. The new range of engines, available in both petrol and diesel options, will be more refined, and even more efficient compared to the current car. The four-cylinder or straight six motors will put out anything between 130 to 350bhp depending on the trim. The power-packed M3 (spotted already) with a turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six will join the range promptly after BMW decides to reveal the new gen 3 Series.
The current F30 3 Series was introduced in 2011. It received minor facelifts recently to keep things fresh but is getting long in the tooth now. On the other hand, BMW is on a model offensive with many new models lined-up for the next couple of years. The new 3 Series will be one of them as we expect the A4 and C-Class rival to break cover sometime in late 2019.