BMW has released images of the next-generation 2019 3 Series, the sedan is currently undergoing testing at Nurburgring.
At this stage, BMW has only revealed images of camouflaged prototypes. The full reveal of the G20 3 Series is expected to take place at the Paris motor show in October.
Like previous generations of the 3 Series, the new model will have a sporty flavour. 50:50 weight distribution is retained, while the centre of gravity is 10mm lower. The new model also sheds an average of 55kg.
BMW says extensive work has been done to improve the steering, suspension and brakes to optimise ride comfort and the car’s dynamic ability.
Suspension development sees lift-related dampers used for the first time in a BMW which adjust continuously and progressively in relation to spring travel.
"We're using the lift-related dampers as an active set-up element so as to create supreme driving properties in all conditions," said Peter Langen, Head of Driving Dynamics at BMW.
"With short spring travel, a sensitive damping response ensures comfortable vibration compensation. When the car passes over large bumps, the body movements are controlled by increased damping forces."
Improved rigidity, a wider track and increased wheel camber levels all point to the car being a proper BMW. Looking at you Active Tourer!
The Bavarian marque is also touting its new four-cylinder petrol engine, BMW claims it’s the most powerful four-pot ever fitted to one of its production models. It will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Despite the more powerful engine, fuel consumption is said to better the outgoing model by 5 per cent.
Stay tuned for the full reveal of the 2019 BMW 3 Series in the coming months.
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