The current 3-Series is one of the best cars in its class and certainly one of the best selling executive sedans in the World. However, despite all that, it still is lacking in the driver’s enjoyment department where it has been trumped by the Cadillac ATS which is both cheaper, better to drive and even faster in some cases. In order to get a lead on its competitors once again, the German manufacturer is going to release the 2018 BMW 3-Series some time in the late 2016 while the actual production model is expected to go on sale in the mid of 2017.
2018 BMW 3 Series Review
Unlike the current model which is using quite a dated platform, the upcoming 3-Series is actually going to be the second car from BMW’s roster to make use of their brand new modular platform which they call CLAR, a short name from cluster architecture which will be used on all their other rear wheel drive cars. The G20, as the 2018 model has been codenamed, will come on the market with a new design scheme, new engines as well as a few carried over ones as well as a much better ride quality than the current model which has been criticized as being just too harsh on its passengers while not offering the usual BMW responsiveness.
2018 BMW 3 Series Design
The design will change quite a bit from the current model which is more of an evolution of the previous generation car rather than a new design. The 2018 BMW 3 Series is going to be wider, lower and slightly longer and the car will also feature a longer wheelbase. These features are meant to give it more stability on the road as well as more space inside the cabin. The platform will be built mostly out of aluminum and carbon fiber, so this time BMW will actually outfit their 3-Series with a softer suspension system which will be more comfortable and it will actually give the driver more control over the car. The new 2018 BMW 3 Series is also going to be one of the first BMW cars to get the full laser headlights technology which has been showcased earlier this year.
Just as we mentioned, inside the cabin of the 3-Series there is going to be more room thanks to the platform change. On top of that, the car will feature better materials on all the surfaces in the cabin, better seats so the passengers will enjoy themselves more and it should also get more technology, including in the base model which has not been equipped as good as some of its competitors.
BMW 3 Series Engine
There are rumors that say the 2018 BMW 3 Series is going to use a lot of hybrid options which would make sense, especially since the car would offer even more power without sacrificing fuel consumption. It seems that the new base model could be using a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder engine with up to 180 horsepower while in some countries, a 2 liter version with not much more power is going to be offered. The range topping models will make use of the already well known 3 liter inline 6 engines which will come both in petrol and diesel forms. The petrol powered engines will offer between 300 and 500 horsepower on the M3 while some diesels will be providing as much as 350 horsepower.
Some also suggested that water injection could be installed on some petrol engines in order to provide more power while some cars could even get electric assists. The best candidate for this could be the smallest engine in the range, a 1.5 liter inline 3 which with the help of one or two electric motors could provide as much as 300 horsepower and a fuel consumption better than 30 MPG on average.