One of the most popular and versatile models is surely the BMW 3-Series. It has a long heritage and in the last 20 years, sale numbers never went fewer than 330.000 units. For 2018 model year, BMW prepared the seventh generation codenamed G20. When we said versatile, we meant that 3-Series comes in three body styles, sedan, wagon and Grand Turismo hatchback. It also comes with wide range of engines as well as manual and automatic gearbox. Choices are endless. But what does 2018 BMW 3-Series going to bring us?
2018 BMW 3-Series – New Platform
First of all, new platform. The name is SCAR and it stands for Structural Architecture. It is one of the most advanced platforms to this day. It’s composed of multi-lightweight materials such as aluminum, carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics, and even magnesium. It was first adopted in the 7-Series and will surely provide the backbone for all future BMW models. 2018 BMW 3-Series will also shred some weight; the number circulating is around 180 pounds. And it’s not just light it also can support several drivetrains, including plug-in hybrid and electric.
2018 BMW 3-Series – Improved Tech
As for the design, we can see that evolution is taking place. Of course BMW’s signature design, kidney grille Hofmeister kink, but the car is wider and lower indicating much sportier look. BMW 3-Series has to catch up with technology in the cockpit. So we can expect some sort of digital information display instead of the now outgoing standard instrument cluster. That will be connected with an advanced infotainment system that will provide voice activation and hand gesture recognition. There should also be some suite of driver aids, some semi-autonomous modes that will take control of the car up to speeds of 40 mph. Not only that, but comfort will also be improved with slightly extended wheelbase. At least in the rear row, where we expect more legroom.
2018 BMW 3-Series – Engines
BMW 3-Series has a variety of engines available. For 2018 model year this model will start with 1.5-liter inline 3-cylinder unit producing 136 horsepower. The other will be a diesel 1.6-liter producing 114 horsepower. But those two engines won’t come to the U.S. This market will have the same choice of twin-turbo inline 4- and 6-cylinders. In other words, there will be 2.0-liter with either 180 (gasoline and diesel, 320i and 328d) or 248 horsepower (330i). 330e combines the same engine with an electric motor that together outputs 248 horsepower but has fuel consumption rating of 71 mpg. There is a possibility that the same engine is connected with to electric motors instead of one, providing more horsepower and better fuel economy. The inline 6 produces 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. This numbers, however, could be improved until 2018 BMW 3-Series hits the market.
All models will be available with RWD or xDrive (BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system). But at this moment it is unknown will six-speed manual be available but we would really like to see BMW continue to offer manual. Other than that, eight-speed automatic will remain in the offer. Of course, we also expect improved, the most powerful version M3.
2018 BMW 3-Series – Release Date
2018 BMW 3-Series sedan will be the first option available. Debut should be at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, while sales are expected in early 2018. The price, although unknown at this moment will surely rise. This model has direct competition in Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-class, Cadillac ATS, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Jaguar XE, Buick Regal, and Volvo S60.