In this video you see the 2019 BMW 3 Series (G20 generation) testing at the Nürburgring.
Having to face new competition coming from the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the 3 Series needs to step up its game for the next generation (G20) to better face the newcomer as well as its improved rivals. To do that, BMW’s engineers are sending the sedan to the gym to shave off approximately 88 pounds (40 kilograms) by making more extensive use of aluminum and a little bit of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) as well. This will be possible by making the switch to the CLAR platform already used on its two bigger brothers, the 5 Series and the flagship 7.
n addition, the 3 Series in the 330e plug-in hybrid guise will be upgraded from the current 248 hp to 261 hp and will be joined by a lesser 325e with 226 hp of electrified power.
Moving higher up the range, BMW has plans to expand the lineup by introducing M340i and M340d models to bridge the gap between their non-M versions and the flagship M3. Speaking of which, the latter will allegedly gain a small electric motor that will lift output by 28 hp to about 453 hp.
The standard 3 Series is expected to take a bow at some point next year, with the 4 Series coupe, cabrio, and the Gran Coupe slated to arrive by the end of the decade.
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