The 2019 BMW 3 Series Has Finally Been Revealed
It’s the talk of the town during the 2018 Paris Motor Show–and it’s still the talk of the town even today. Yes, the journey to the 2019 BMW 3 Series‘s newest incarnation has taken two years to finish, but the curtain has been lifted, at long last.
So was the long wait worth it? Of course. Gone are those days when it was still considered a compact vehicle, though. This time around, BMW decided it’s time to grow 3 inches longer than its predecessor, increase its wheelbase by 1.6 inches, and bulk up 1.7 inches broader in front.
And just like a disciplined, heavyweight lifter, it also decided to shed 121 pounds of aluminum for the hood, fenders, and other components to gain pure, lean muscle. The result is a more efficient structure that can slice through the air in less than 0.26 drag co-efficient.
Codenamed G20, the newest BMW 3 Series still carries the evolutionary design philosophy it has lived up to since its first model was launched way back in 1975. And its highly flexible new architecture known as CLAR–short for ‘Cluster Architecture’–now forms its backbone (and all future rear-wheel drive BMWs as well).
Now with more creases instead of rounded angles, the newest BMW 3 Series has a sharper look that attracts a lot of attention. It’s like the company suddenly decided it needed to amp its game a bit and remind everyone why saloon and estate cars still matter in a world reigned by SUVs. Whatever the case, we think this is one of BMW 3’s most attractive model.
Most changes can be found in the interiors–things are more organized and neater. Unlike the previous model, the infotainment system is now lowered to the center stack rather on top of the dashboard. They also added more elegant features, like those chrome accents around the dash, and even the center console and gear stick. The result is one classy, snazzy interior, indeed.
It seems 40 years has also made the BMW 3 Series create a bit of sense of humor with its technology as well. For instance, its self-aligning wheel caps won’t really end world hunger and solve corruption here–but at least the BMW logo will always remain upright to remind you that all is well–even just in those handsome tires.
Other impressive features include: Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) that features anti-lock braking (ABS), Active Guard Plus, Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, Cruise Control, and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC). And of course, BMW’s newest Intelligent Personal Assistant will also be making its debut in the 3 series as well.
North American buyers can buy the BMW 330i available at launch in March 2019. It comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque.
Meanwhile, European buyers have five engines to pick from: The four-cylinder, gas-fueled 320i that churns out 181 hp, and the 330i that offers 255 hp. On the other hand, the four-cylinder turbodiesel 318d offers two variants: 148 hp or 188 hp. At launch, the BMW 3 Series’s only inline six will be the 320d model that produces 262hp. It’s also the only European model that comes with an all-wheel drive when it goes on sale.