2019 BMW 3 Series (G20)

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Thread created in advance for the all new 7th Gen 3 Series (G20). Will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October 2018./

First drive: BMW 330i M Sport prototype

Compact executive saloon icon enters a remarkable seventh generation later this year – and it’s getting its sporting mojo back

The G20 3 Series: world leader in waiting?

It’ll be another few weeks until BMW is ready to reveal how the exact technical details of the new 3 Series, codenamed ‘G20’, will depart from its forebear. As background for this taster, however, we were told that it’s a slightly longer and wider car, with a longer wheelbase; and that, having been built on BMW’s Cluster Architecture, it’s made of a higher proportion of aluminium, magnesium and high-strength steel than its predecessor, and is a slightly lighter (up to 55kg) and torsionally stiffer (by 15-20%) car to boot.

The 3 Series’ axle tracks have both grown, with MacPherson strut suspension used up front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. A wide-ranging overhaul of the suspension and steering hardware has left little untouched. There’s a new ‘variable sport’ steering box (although it isn’t speed-sensitive ‘active steering’, which hasn’t featured on a 3 Series since the E90 generation); there are new optional adaptive dampers from Tenneco if you want them; and there's firmer springing and bushing for cars with M Sport suspension than of like-for-like current-gen cars. But there are no air springs (at least not for the saloon) and no four-wheel steering. Contrary to what you might have read elsewhere, Munich is clearly content to leave features like those at the more expensive end of the executive saloon spectrum.

BMW has, in fact, made an effort to rationalise its investment of new suspension componentry and development resource with this version of the 3 Series; to focus on the hardware that customers actually buy; and to attempt to imbue this version with a simpler, more direct and more discernably sporting character. Dynamically, at least, it aims to head back towards the 3 Series’ roots; and, as roots go, they were pretty good. For an admission of the fact that BMW is in defensive mode, ready to protect the territory it has owned for so long from the likes of Alfa Romeo and Jaguar, look no further than that.

By and large, 3 Series drivers don’t buy adaptive dampers, and so devoting a large proportion of development time to fine-tuning those dampers, as BMW has in the past, just doesn’t make sense. Buyers tend to prefer passive suspension, often with an alloy wheel upgrade. And, this time around, those customers will get struts with both main and auxiliary springs, as well as clever shock absorbers that provide additional damping support at the extremes of wheel travel (for improved rebound control at the front axle and better compression support at the rear).

New tech: the next 3 Series’ double-rated dampers explained

Twin-rated passive dampers of one sort or another are fairly common suspension technology, many working through secondary internal reservoirs. Most of them are ‘frequency selective’, and so the damper switches from lesser to greater resistance rates depending not on the overall size of the bump it’s dealing with but is based in effect on the steepness of the bump’s profile: on how quickly it’s forcing oil to move from one chamber to another.

The 3 Series’ passive shocks are different; they ramp up to a secondary firmer setting progressively and only at one extreme of the suspension strut’s range of travel (the rebound end on the front axle and the compression end at the rear). At the front, the effect is achieved though a secondary ring the damper piston has to push against which is governed by a separate hydraulic circuit; at the rear, the piston runs up against a cone-shaped restrictor at the bottom end of the main reservoir.

BMW 330i M Sport specification

Engine 4cyls in line, 1998cc, turbocharged petrol; Power 255bhp at 5500rpm (tbc); Torque 295lb ft at 2000rpm (tbc) Gearbox 8-spd automatic; Kerb weight circa 1500kg (DIN, tbc); 0-62mph tbc; Top speed 155mph (limited); Economy tbc; CO2, tax band tbc; Rivals Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, Jaguar XE 2.0 i4p 250 R Sport

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/first-drive-bmw-330i-m-sport-prototype

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New BMW 3 Series gets brand’s most powerful four-pot ever

BMW has released a fresh batch of details about its next-generation 3 Series (plus images from testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife), confirming that the upcoming G20-generation sedan will be offered with the “most powerful four-cylinder engine” ever fitted to a production model from the brand.

Although the Munich-based automaker has yet to reveal power figures, it says this petrol engine has been “thoroughly revised” and mated to a “further developed” eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. In addition, BMW claims the powerplant is some five percent more efficient than the current equivalent.

BMW also revealed that the new 3 Series will benefit from a “comprehensive renewal” of its suspension (which uses the first lift-related dampers ever to be fitted to BMW), steering and braking systems, with a view to optimising both ride comfort and dynamic performance. In addition, the vehicle’s centre of gravity has been lowered by 10 mm, while axle load distribution is balanced at a claimed ratio of 50:50.

The automaker says the sedan will weigh up to 55 kg less than the outgoing generation (depending on the model, of course), adding that rigidity levels have been “significantly enhanced”. Track widths have also been widened.

“We’re using the lift-related dampers as an active set-up element so as to create supreme driving properties in all conditions,” said Peter Langen, head of driving dynamics at BMW.

“With short spring travel, a sensitive damping response ensures comfortable vibration compensation. When the car passes over large bumps, the body movements are controlled by increased damping forces.”

An optional M sports suspension, which includes a lowering of 10 millimetres, 18-inch light alloy wheels and mixed tyres, will also be offered (in conjunction with “specially reconfigured” variable sports steering), and features 20 percent higher damping forces than the standard suspension.

“This means the difference from the standard suspension is much more perceptible than before. We’ve also made the M sports suspension much sportier, with more rigid bearings and stabilisers, harder springs and additional body struts,” revealed Langen.

The automaker says its M sports differential (an electronically controlled locking function in the rear axle) is linked to the dynamic stability control system, making it possible to “pre-emptively influence both understeering and oversteering” without brake intervention.

“Unlike conventional mechanical locks, the regulated M sports differential can optimise so much more than just traction. In addition to cornering dynamics, there is a particularly tangible increase in drive stability in the event of load changes, for example. This allows the new BMW 3 Series Sedan to be driven remarkably confidently and effortlessly even when travelling in dynamic style,” said Langen.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-bmw-3-series-gets-brands-most-powerful-four-pot-ever/

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I hope there is 330D! Need some tractor goodness!

Maybe one day I can afford to upgrade G20 model, will def get a 320D or 330D G20 if I ever upgrade.
 

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2019 BMW 3 Series Touring spotted testing at the Nurburgring

Most practical 3 Series variant will form a crucial part of the upcoming model range

The upcoming BMW 3 Series has been spotted in Touring guise, being put through its paces at the Nurburgring ahead of its launch early next year.

Spy photographers captured this camouflaged test mule undergoing high-speed testing, with extra panels riveted in place towards the rear end to disguise the cargo area. It is also sporting the redesigned headlights and taillights that will set it apart from the outgoing model.

The Touring is expected to go on sale shortly after the saloon, which BMW is due to reveal at the Paris Motor Show. Other variants should follow later in the year, with a plug-in hybrid model completing the line-up.

This latest sighting follows photos of a '330e' plug-in hybrid model, which looks like a regular 3 Series but has “Electric Test Vehicle” written on each side.

Further clues include a small lump in the C-pillar disguise, exactly where BMW has traditionally placed the ‘eDrive’ badge on its plug-in models. The car was also seen later on the same road with its kidney grille blanked off, suggesting an active aerodynamic shutter system may feature on the new car.

Unusually, the 330e was spotted testing alongside a Tesla Model 3 on tow. A fully electric 3 Series is not expected, with that car instead set to be part of the 4 Series lineup. It’s a sign, however, that BMW is benchmarking its car’s all-electric mode with a similarly-sized full EV.

As such, expect a substantial increase in electric range and a minor performance boost with the next 330e, which could arrive early next year. The current car combines a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an 87bhp electric motor, promising an all-electric range of 25 miles and a 0-62mph time of 6.1 seconds.

The 330e is set to become a more crucial model in the range thanks to the drop in demand for diesel models. It’s popularity has increased steadily since its introduction to the range in 2017, with more company car buyers opting in thanks to strong efficiency claims and low Benefit-in-Kind payments.

There is even potential for BMW to offer a lower-powered, even more efficient version to plug the fleet-biased gap in the range historically filled by the 320d. That powertrain could use the new three-cylinder engine that’ll feature in the 318i and build on it with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. More variants of the 3 Series will go on sale throughout 2019 after its initial launch.

Previous spyshots had captured a disguised version of the 3 Series Touring testing on public roads in Germany, hinting at how the most practical variant of the G20-generation car will look when it hits roads next year.

Both the Touring and saloon versions of BMW's future model are being engineered to offer even more comfort but not to the detriment of handling. This means the whole range — even sportier versions such as the just-spotted M Sport variant — should be more forgiving on rough surfaces than before.

The motivation for this more comfortable model comes from hot competition from Mercedes-Benz and its rivalling C-Class. Although the 3 Series stands strong as BMW's best-selling model, it's fallen short of the hot-selling C-Class, which sold in 176,915 units to the 3 Series' 129,053 in 2017.

As such, BMW engineers have been tasked with broadening the 3 Series's reach and fighting the C-Class at its own, more comfort-focused game.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/2019-bmw-3-series-g20

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New 2019 BMW 3 Series previewed ahead of official reveal

The reveal campaign begins: BMW has released the first preview of its crucial new 3 Series, due in the UK next year

The upcoming BMW 3 Series has been officially shown by BMW in a new image released ahead of its official launch in 2019.

BMW's first preview of the car shows the outline of the 3 Series under a sheet, with the car's distinctive daytime running lights highlighting extra details. The image first surfaced on BMW forums, but the brand confirmed that the preview is genuine.

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz C-Class rival was most recently spotted in Touring guise, being put through its paces at the Nurburgring ahead of its launch early next year.

Spy photographers captured this camouflaged test mule undergoing high-speed testing, with extra panels riveted in place towards the rear end to disguise the cargo area. It is also sporting the redesigned headlights and taillights that will set it apart from the outgoing model.

The Touring is expected to go on sale shortly after the saloon, which BMW is due to reveal at the Paris Motor Show. Other variants should follow later in the year, with a plug-in hybrid model completing the line-up.

This latest sighting follows photos of a '330e' plug-in hybrid model, which looks like a regular 3 Series but has “Electric Test Vehicle” written on each side.

Further clues include a small lump in the C-pillar disguise, exactly where BMW has traditionally placed the ‘eDrive’ badge on its plug-in models. The car was also seen later on the same road with its kidney grille blanked off, suggesting an active aerodynamic shutter system may feature on the new car.

Unusually, the 330e was spotted testing alongside a Tesla Model 3 on tow. A fully electric 3 Series is not expected, with that car instead set to be part of the 4 Series lineup. It’s a sign, however, that BMW is benchmarking its car’s all-electric mode with a similarly-sized full EV.

As such, expect a substantial increase in electric range and a minor performance boost with the next 330e, which could arrive early next year. The current car combines a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an 87bhp electric motor, promising an all-electric range of 25 miles and a 0-62mph time of 6.1 seconds.

The 330e is set to become a more crucial model in the range thanks to the drop in demand for diesel models. It’s popularity has increased steadily since its introduction to the range in 2017, with more company car buyers opting in thanks to strong efficiency claims and low Benefit-in-Kind payments.

There is even potential for BMW to offer a lower-powered, even more efficient version to plug the fleet-biased gap in the range historically filled by the 320d. That powertrain could use the new three-cylinder engine that’ll feature in the 318i and build on it with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. More variants of the 3 Series will go on sale throughout 2019 after its initial launch.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/2019-bmw-3-series-g20

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Next-Generation BMW 3 Series (G20) Teased Ahead Of October Reveal

BMW has recently been rather open about its upcoming 3 Series codenamed G20. After some details and even the company’s own “spy shots” were released, there has now been a teaser image of what appears to be the next-generation 3-Series due for official reveal at the Paris Auto Show early next month.

The image shows a BMW that looks much like a G20 3 Series covered in a sheet. Thanks to the sheet being partially see-through, we can see that the new car will feature a more dominant looking front end, so much so that we suspect that this is the range-topping M340i sporting an M Performance kit. The kidney grille is evidently larger than that of the outgoing model, as are the headlights and LED daytime running lights which appear to have undergone a complete revamp.

For its new 3 Series, BMW has focused on weight reduction and perfect distribution to produce a more sorted out car that finds an even more ideal balance between a comfortable and sporty configuration than even the current model. Underpinnings have been honed to improve rigidity while sustaining a perfect 50:50 weight distribution. Furthermore, the G20 will lose in the region of 55 kg over the outgoing, equivalent F30.

To ensure a better ride that offers a sweet spot between a sporty and comfortable ride quality, engineers have paid special attention to the car’s suspension. As a result, a new suspension system with lift-related dampers has been developed. Moreover, those models fitted with BMW’s M Performance kit such as the M340i featured will benefit from the M Sport Suspension which allows it to sit 10 mm closer to the ground.

Speaking of the M340i, this range-topping model (save for the M division’s offering) will be good for around 360 hp (268 kW) and 500 Nm of torque courtesy of its 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine. Like the model it replaces, power expected to hit the rear wheels via an eight-speed auto box, an xDrive all-wheel drive system may be offered as an option. As for an alternative transmission, we will have to wait a little longer to find out if a manual gearbox will also be on the table.

https://www.zero2turbo.com/2018/09/...eries-g20-teased-ahead-of-october-reveal.html
 

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2019 BMW 3 Series teased ahead of Paris reveal

The upcoming BMW 3 Series is soon to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show and is perhaps the most important vehicle launch for the Munich-based manufacturer. In the meantime, BMW has released a teaser video giving us a sneak-peek inside its Dingofling assembly plant where the next-generation 3 series has gone into pre-production. The combination of both robotic and human efforts are depicted assembling the vehicle

The visuals above suggest a predictably subtle exterior design evolution with a glimpse into the interior boasting a clear digital instrument cluster.

To date, online powertrain option has been confirmed for the G20-generation 3 Series. The 2,0-litre petrol mill dubbed as the “most powerful 4-cylinder ” produced by the brand, sends drive to the rear wheels. This motor has already made its way into the BMW X2 M35i revealed earlier this month.

With the Paris Motor Show commencing on the 4th of October we can expect to see official images of the new 3 Series in the coming days.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/2019-bmw-3-series-teased-ahead-paris-reveal/

 

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New BMW 3 Series teased ahead of Paris debut

BMW has wrapped up the teaser campaign for its seventh generation 3 series sedan, with a frontal pic and assembly line video, ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show next Tuesday, October 2.

The illuminated frontal image shows that the new 3 will follow a similar theme to the latest 5 and 7 Series sedans, with a larger grille and headlights, more closely connected than before.

The compact sports sedan is also set to follow those aforementioned larger siblings onto the company’s latest CLAR platform for rear-wheel-drive vehicles, with the engine range likely including an uprated 2-litre four-cylinder as per the latest Z4 Roadster and a 3-litre unit with around 250kW in the M340i.

Look out for the latest Live Cockpit Professional infortainment system, upgraded heads-up display and digital instrumentation in the cabin of the all-new 3.

This will also be the first 3 Series (apart from the first-generation E21 series) not to be built at South Africa’s Rosslyn plant as production recently switched over to the X3 in line with changes to the company’s export programme.

The new sedan will however be imported as per the last units of the current generation, with the first units expected during the first half of 2019.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/new-bmw-3-series-teased-ahead-of-paris-debut-17233155
 

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The BMW 3 Series teaser campaign continues

As part of perhaps the most anticipated debuts of the 2018 Paris Motor Show, BMW has released an official image of the upcoming 3 Series, along with Tweeted images depicting what seems to be an M Sport derivative wearing Michelin rubber.

The 3 Series reveal will take place alongside the production-ready all-new BMW Z4, 8 Series coupe, X5 and BMW M5 Competition (which CAR acting editor Terence Steenkamp has already driven).

The below video further depicts the assembly process of the the seventh-generation 3 Series at its Dingofling assembly plant, emphasising the quality of the firms manufacturing standards.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/bmw-3-series-teaser-campaign-continues/


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Mona Lisa teases new 3 Series ahead of Paris debut

BMW’s torrent of teasers ahead of the debut of its 2019 3 Series continues with four new images and a giggleworthy visual play on the fact that the new Three will premiere in the home of the Mona Lisa, probably the most lampooned painting of all time.

In case you’ve just landed from outer Mongolia, the 2019 3 Series will be revealed at 9am SA time on Tuesday 2 October, the first of two media days ahead of the opening of the Paris Motor Show to the public on October 4.

But what do the new teasers tell us?

The M badge in the lead shot tells us this is probably the M340i M Performance sedan, which will lead the charge of the Three Brigade until the M3 arrives later in the year, while the rear profile shot below details a fresh new take on BMW's signature Hofmeister kink.

It’s expected to carry a three-litre turbopetrol straight six wielding about 250kW and 500Nm, driving the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission (all-wheel xDrive will be an option) and will head a line-up otherwise comprising two-litre fours and 1.5-litre three-cylinder engines, all turbocharged.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/late...es-new-3-series-ahead-of-paris-debut-17257502
 

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Looks really good, will be able to afford in 5 years time when they out of motorplan lol
 
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