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      01-11-2016, 02:22 PM   #1
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Update: April 24, 2017

The 2019 BMW M340i (G20) has been recorded while testing on the Nurburgring. For the next generation G20 3 Series, the 340i will become the M340i and continue being powered by the B58 engine, with a small power bump expected.





Update: March 27, 2017

The G20 3 Series is currently undergoing winter testing in Scandinavia and our spies have had a chance to get up close and personal with it. Here's a long and very close-up look at the G20 prototypes.

Our new prediction has the updated B48 TU 4 cylinder turbo engine being introduced with the G20 3 Series when it's revealed in 2018.




Update: December 14, 2016
This is likely the first look at the G20 M Sport prototype. The larger front bumper camouflage covers the M Sport bumper underneath, but we spot larger brakes, a trunk spoiler lip, rear diffuser, and lower suspension. This is also the first look at finished exhaust tips on the G20.

BMW 3 Series (G20) M Sport Prototype





Update: November 11, 2016
The G20 3 Series has now moved beyond the cobbled together mule stage and this prototype shows us what to really to expect from the next gen 3 Series' styling - more svelte than the mule had led us to believe.

BMW 3 Series (G20) Prototype





Update: August 8, 2016
Here's a first look at the G20 3 Series interior. From what we can see so far, the G20 interior is evolutionary, maintaining a similar center stack design and layout as in the F30. The biggest changes seen so far are the part physical / part digital instrument panel, and a more upright iDrive screen which appears to be positioned higher than the F30 screen.

BMW 3 Series (G20) Interior Spied





Update: June 28, 2016
The G20 3 Series has now been spotted testing on the Nurburgring, still wearing its initial heavy camouflage.

Some updated info regarding the 2019 3 Series model lineup from our Upcoming BMW model pipeline info thread:

2019 3 series (G20) will have mostly the same model designations we have today on F30, with just some relatively small changes:

- 320i will get the B46 engine
- 328d will get B47 and become 330d (which RTW (rest-of-the-world) model it
will correspond to is unknown atm)
- 340i will be called M340i (a small power output bump is virtually guaranteed).
RTW G20 will cover the range from 318i to M340i and from 316d to M340d.


Original Post - January 11, 2016
What uncanny timing that the first G20 3 Series prototype is spotted on the opening day of the Detroit auto show

Spotted testing in Germany, this early G20 prototype wears heavy camouflage. The headlight shape is still purposely obscured by the camo but the kidney grille shape can be seen. The grilles appear both taller and more rounded than the current F30 grilles. As with recently introduced BMW models, the G20 loses the controversial high-hoodline, with the hood now meeting the top of the kidney grilles once again. The tail light shape cannot yet be seen since this prototype wears fake round tail lights often seen on early BMW prototypes.

The split dual exhaust indicates that this is the 340i model.

The G20 3 Series will be built upon the CLAR platform, which will underpin all models from the 3 Series and higher. Expect the same models and variants as the current generation 3 Series. The G20 should be available in 2018.

Rumored details and technologies for the G20 include:
  • Longer wheelbase
  • Wider track
  • Lower center of gravity
  • Lighter weight
  • Better brakes
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Switchable anti-roll bars
  • xDrive with quicker torque distribution
  • Active steering
  • Torque vectoring
  • OLED / Laser Lighting
  • Semi-autonomous driving

BMW 3 Series (G20) Hits the Nurburgring

BMW 3 Series (G20) Spied!




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      01-11-2016, 02:38 PM   #2
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Looking good so far. As much as a love my F30, I will not miss the high hoodline.
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      01-11-2016, 02:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for the peak! Lighter = Yes!

Laser headlights should be nice.

Those taillights are interesting; look round. Can't wait to see more.
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Those taillights are interesting; look round. Can't wait to see more.
OLEDs are expected. I'd bet that round tacked on piece is just more camouflage.
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Thanks for the peak! Lighter = Yes!

Laser headlights should be nice.

Those taillights are interesting; look round. Can't wait to see more.
Early prototypes always have these fake round lights as camouflage.
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Looks like LCD dials like the new A4.

Hopefully not bigger, as in longer and wider! But I am guessing that with longer wheelbase and wider track that is the way it will go...

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Looks like LCD dials like the new A4.

Hopefully not bigger, as in longer and wider! But I am guessing that with longer wheelbase and wider track that is the way it will go...

B.
Car does seem bigger; guess that'll be ok if it were just to lose some weight.

Car is likely made of steel, but what are thoughts on aluminum? I know it'll be more expensive to fix, but I think many others may move this way in the future.
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Longer and wider wheelbase, active anti-roll bars, active steering - sounds like the 3 is taking a couple more steps towards becoming the new 5 series.

I hope there's a RWD 1- or 2-series alternative for those that prefer smaller and simpler. I know that's probably wishful thinking with all the talk of FWD on the smaller platforms.
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Better brakes! Yay
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Fix the damn steering.
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Tail lights look good, definitely different from current gen and e9x gen. I know it's a ways away, but can't wait to se the ///M version. With the normal 3 loosing some more weight, having a longer wheelbase/wider track, and being built on the new G chassis, that will probably be good news for the M!

What was the rumor again... Tri-turbo??
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Tail lights look good, definitely different from current gen and e9x gen. I know it's a ways away, but can't wait to se the ///M version. With the normal 3 loosing some more weight, having a longer wheelbase/wider track, and being built on the new G chassis, that will probably be good news for the M!

What was the rumor again... Tri-turbo??
Tail lights cannot be seen. Those are dummy / fake round tail lights seems on all early BMW prototypes.
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Looking good so far. As much as a love my F30, I will not miss the high hoodline.
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love the "oh shit" buttons on the dash.
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Take new 7 and times by .75? Usually the 3 sets the bar for the next gen so hopefully not!
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Exhausts are much wider apart now too, more like the 5er.
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