It is very important that the 2019 BMW 3-series succeed in recapturing the sports-sedan supremacy. It has been surpassed in every single aspect by its competitors although the sales remain strong. However, the BMW is aware that it needs to chase its competitors and that is why the 3-Series has been in the development so long. And at last, we have some news about the actual semi-production-ready version.
The 2019 BMW 3-Series specs have finally been revealed after almost a year since we had first seen the early camouflaged version. However, those first photos were something pretty close to the details we already have in the series 3, the new ones are presenting some totally new story. All the updated details we can see on the newest camouflaged version seem like production-ready. However, this time it is a real thing.
The Road So Far
The F30 BMW 3-series debuted in 2012, and this new one will hit the road sometime in 2019 to wage war against the Mercedes Benz C-Class, Audi A4, and the Jaguar XE. And don’t think that this is a new vehicle. Its sales are pretty high even for those older models because of its history. 42 years of production for a single model is a pretty huge thing.
The BMW 3-series is actually an entry-level luxury car that has been manufactured since 1975. It is the real successor and a true heir to the 02-series. The first generation of this series was solely available as a 2 door sedan, however, the model range has expanded to almost any alteration you can imagine, from 4-door sedan to 5-door station wagon and 5-door hatchback body styles. Because of its tradition and the quality of the car, this model is officially the BMW’s best-selling model.
The newest generation, the sixth generation of this model has been in production since 2011. And this generation is important because of lots of things, including the new engines and even the first plug-in hybrid. However, we hope that they are going to ditch the “Gran Turismo” nameplate because the BMW 3-series is not that.
The BMW 3-series was officially called the G20, and that is why you will mostly find an info for it under that name. The 2019 BMW 3-series will roll with the new longitudinal engine platform which was initially called CLAR which means the “Cluster Architecture”. That is one of the main platforms for most of the modern “premium” vehicles. It is usually used for rear-wheel drive cars except for some Audi and SAAB models which have this kind of engine for their front-wheel-drive models. That is, in fact, an internal combustion engine in which the crankshaft is oriented along the axis of the vehicle, front to back.
2019 BMW 3-Series Engine Specs
When we talk about the platform, there is no way to avoid the 2019 BMW 3-series engine which was actually built for this platform. The thing is that this car is going to be about 80kg (176lbs) lighter than its predecessor. Which will, in return mean that it is going to offer much better driving experience. I mean, 80kg is a pretty serious weight reduction.
The weight reduction is telling us one more thing – better fuel consumption. That means that BMW is working hard on changing the engine’s line up. That is why there are some rumors about a certain downsizing in that regard.
- 1.5 liter three-cylinder with 135 hp and 165 lb/ft of torque;
- 2.0 liter four-cylinder
- 3.0 liter six-cylinders
- 1.6 liter Diesel three-cylinder
Those who want the straight six petrol mill will have to wait for the M340i. It will be the upgraded version of B58 and it will pack some 360hp and 500nm (369 lb-ft). And when you combine the all-new xDrive with this kind of an engine, you get a really fast sedan. However, we are not sure about the transmission. We will have to wait for some official information on this one. But one thing is sure, the 8-speed ZF automatic will be one of the favorite options throughout the world.
The 2019 BMW 3-Series EV
Apart from this usual options, we should also expect the full-on EV 3 series, because why not!? Tesla needs some competition. However, we can’t expect the complete EV before 2020. It is obvious that BMW is planning some serious makeover with their engine’s lineup because of the CLAR architecture. It was designed for electrification, and there are rumors about some 90 kWh batteries with a nice range of 300 miles. That kind of technology will bring the 2019 BMW 3-series right on the top with Tesla Model 3.
There will also be a plug-in hybrid version, just like on the current BMW 330e.
2019 BMW 3-series Exterior
Among the newest details about the 2019 BMW 3-Series exterior, the first we noticed were the all-new headlights and taillights, generic projector, and a larger grille. However, we will have to wait for the finished product before we judge anything. The overall look is similar to the redesigned 5-Series with some serious changes with taillights and headlights. On the back, taillights are no longer all red, but they have some white lines, possibly for turn signals and the reverse lights.
2019 BMW 3-Series Interior
The biggest change for the 2019 BMW 3-Series Interior is that the central infotainment no longer sticks out from the console. It is completely integrated into the dashboard and it looks like it is molded with the instrument panel, which is now fully digital. Just under that, you can see some very slim air vents with a semi-hexagonal shape which add to the already stylish interior. Everything else on the dashboard looks more compact and smaller. Also, there are no knobs.
We have to emphasize that we are far from the production-ready version. We don’t even think that there are going to be some camouflage-free photos anytime soon.
2019 BMW 3-Series Release Date and Price
The 2019 BMW 3-Series will make its debut sometime during 2018. Because this car is “in development” right now, there is no way to know the exact date for its release. The 2019 BMW 3-series price will be similar to the current generation. That means that the pricing will start at the mid-$30,000.