There was a time when BMW used to be the benchmark in mid-range compact sedans. The 3 series is their most prolific model as far as sales are concerned. But with Jaguar heating up the competition with their XE and Mercedes developing heavily with their C-class, a remodeled 2018 BMW 3 series was inevitable.
Spy photos of a 2018 BMW 3 series were released when a test mule was seen going through tracks. And although it did not seem anything like the rendered speculative images, it does show quite a few modifications inside out.
2018 BMW 3 Series – Exterior Body Styles and Interior Changes
It does share a lot from the current 5 series platform. But industry rumors claim that there is more inside than just a generation-wise copy and paste.
The vehicular platform will be the CLAR multi-material constructs debuting with the 16 7 series and following up in current 17 5 series sedans. This is result innovative and clever engineering which will be a base for BMWs for years to come.
This platform uses lightweight materials such as magnesium, aluminum and in some cases, carbon-reinforced plastics. This model will surely be lighter than the previous ones, with some claiming overall weight difference of 80kgs.
BMW will keep generic design cues such as their signature kidney grille. Headlamps on the test mule were temporary ones as industry experts say. So there are chances of a sharper and smarter design to come in this model set to be released within 2018.
Very few exterior design elements can be seen from spy photos. But all-in-all, BMW is expected to come up with a sportier and smarter new look to compete with segment-leading Jags and Mercs.
Utility and Ergonomics above Style
This will be a motto for the 2018 BMW 3 Series. Dashboard and instrument cluster on that spied test mule were too reminiscent of the current model to have a proper speculation on what’s to come.
However, there are rumors of a digital instrument cluster with added infotainment features. Voice activation, gesture control etc. are among other features which this upcoming car is likely to sport so that it remains in touch with its peers.
Other info about interior features is can only be over-speculative as there is no official confirmation on it.
2018 BMW 3 Series – Powerful Engine and Performance
This upcoming model will have quite a few engine options in its lineup. Availability of these options will be market-specific. There’s good news for American buyers with BMW in all likelihood to include inline 4s and 6s from the 5 Series into standard modular lineups.
There is no news on new powertrains, but what BMW 3 Series 2018 needs to do is stay below the 100g/Km new norm of emissions. Base engines will include:
- 136 hp 1.5-liter 3-cylinder gasoline.
- 114 hp 1.6-liter 3-cylinder petrol.
- 180 hp [Estimated] 2.0 inline 4 (I4).
- 260 hp 3.0-liter I4.
- 365 hp 3.0liter turbo I6.
- 500 hp M3/M4 I6 semi-hybrids.
Transmissions will include a 6 and 7 Speed Auto along with manual 5 or 6 Speed options. Both RWD and AWD options will obviously come in production.
2018 BMW 3 Series – Release Date and How Much will Cost?
With this car, the 2018 BMW 3 Series, supposedly coming in before 2018, BMW will look to increase its market presence. A new 2018 BMW 3 series is most likely to continue in the same price range, between $35,000 and $45,000.