The next generation BMW 3 Series sedan (codenamed G20) will replace the current car (F30) internationally in 2019. Spy shots of the new car that have emerged suggest that the car will borrow design language from the 2017 5 Series sedan.
The front bumper and the headlight layout are the best examples, although the headlight assembly was under heavy wraps. The bumper though, reveals the three intake layout as the 5 Series.
BMW's arch rival, Mercedes-Benz has done something similar, by designing the C, E, and S-Class like each other, on the key design front. Some of the design details were revealed to Autocar UK, suggesting that the new 3 Series a 'longer' design language compared to the current model.
Regarding power, BMW will equip the base variant of the 3 Series with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, extending to a 2.0-litre turbo petrol and diesel engine options. The most potent 3 Series, the M3 could boast an in-line six-cylinder layout, while the carmaker could offer a choice of rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive.
BMW has confirmed the launch, but not in 2017. The next generation BMW 3 Series could make its first global debut at one of the 2018 motor shows and go on sale the following year.
Mercedes is a key player and the leading carmaker when it comes to luxury car sales in India, and design plays a crucial role. With the updated 3 Series scheduled to launch in 2019, BMW stands a chance to compete strongly in the segment.