Kidney Punch: Seventh-generation BMW 3 Series Teased, Aims for Wider Look

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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kidney punch seventh generation bmw 3 series teased aims for wider look

Undoubtedly, the BMW 3 Series, besides being the benchmark among premium sports sedans, holds the crown for having the most stereotyped drivers.

It doesn’t help that, while attempting to make my way across a city jam-packed with tornado-darkened intersections last weekend, a sedan failed to wait its turn at one of the impromptu four-way stops, nearly hitting me. The make and model of the gauntlet runner? A BMW 3 Series. I’d love to see a study on this phenomenon.

Anecdotal accounts of impatient drivers aside, BMW loyalists have a new 3 Series to look forward to, and they won’t have to wait long to see it.

This image, released Wednesday, precedes the 2019 3 Series’ big October 2nd reveal at the Paris auto show. Looks wider, doesn’t it? For the upcoming generation, BMW’s designers saw fit to eliminate the narrow strip of body color separating the two signature grille openings, fusing the two together in a chrome embrace. Headlights, now underscored by LED hockey sticks, move away from their traditional circular shape.

Beneath the vehicle, the 3 Series sees the same modular CLAR architecture coming to a host of rear-drive models in the Bimmer stable. Steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber combine to form a platform that’s lighter and stiffer than before. Like all modular platforms, this one is versatile. A number of powertrain configurations are possible, though Bimmer’s keeping tight-lipped about what we can expect at launch.

BMW developed CLAR and its FAAR front-drive sibling to hedge its bets. The automaker isn’t sure exactly how many future buyers might want a plug-in hybrid, electric vehicle, or traditional gas-powered whip, so it developed the platform with all of these applications in mind. It looks like we’ll see an all-electric 3 Series before too long, too. A silent prototype was spotted plying the streets of Germany in August.

Currently, 3 Series drivers with a soft spot for the environment can choose the 330e, a plug-in hybrid sedan with a paltry electric range of 14 miles.

Joining the next-gen 3 Series in Paris are the new Z4 and the resurrected 8 Series coupe.

[Image: BMW]

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  • Kc1980 Kc1980 on Sep 27, 2018

    It will look like the 5 series...the end.

  • Jkross22 Jkross22 on Sep 27, 2018

    The good news is that BMW should know where the F30 was a failure - interior design, seat material quality, poor value, dead steering, not class competitive, gets beat by the new Accord. The bad news is that the brand is a luxury brand first. They'll fix the interior, but driving dynamics won't be present until you get the top trim of this car. And value won't appear anywhere.

  • Art_Vandelay It's not like everyone is topping their ICE vehicles off and coasting into the gas station having used every last drop of fuel either though. Most people start looking to fill up at around a 1/4 of a tank. If you constantly run the thing out of gas your fuel pump would probably be unhappy. If you running your EV to zero daily you probably bought the wrong vehicle
  • ToolGuy Imagine how exciting the automotive landscape will be once other manufacturers catch up with Subaru's horizontally-opposed engine technology.
  • FreedMike Oh, and this..."While London likes to praise its own congestion charging for reducing traffic and increasing annual revenues, tourism has declined..."The reason London's tourism numbers are down is that the city has resumed its' "tourist tax." And why did the tourist tax get reimposed? Brexit.
  • Dukeisduke Eh, still a Nissan. Nope.
  • Kosmo "And, indeed, there remains a big screen atop the dash in the 2023 Nissan Z"Not the best look, but far safer while driving, when compared to lower in-dash units.Nissan blew it on so many levels with this, but I'd still enjoy one (though I'd certainly buy the Mustang instead).