Truth is, the BMW 3 Series remains the benchmark model in the premium sedan stable and BMW still wants to have that position all to themselves. Hence they are launching the fifth generation of the 3 Series at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.
Although it is larger than its predecessor, it is lightweight.
It has grown almost 76 millimetres longer than the previous generation, and the wheelbase increases by 41 mm.
The model’s front track is 43 mm broader, and the rear is up by 21 mm.
Retaining its 3 Series aggressive looks, the new model comes standard with full-LED headlights that are more angular and attach to a sharper take on the firm’s kidney grille.
The silhouette is the view that changes the least, but the hood appears a little more bulbous. New taillights stretch farther across the tail.
Inside, the infotainment system has been incorporated into the center stack rather than placing it on top of the dashboard.
The standard layout combines a 5.7-inch digital instrument screen and 8.8-inch infotainment display. As an option, there’s an upgrade to a 12.3-inch instrument display and 10.25-inch infotainment screen.
In terms of engines, five powerful and efficient choices will be available from the start of sales.
The line-up comprises a pair of four-cylinder petrol engines with 135 kW in the BMW 320i and 190 kW in the BMW 330i, plus two four-cylinder diesels with 110 kW in the BMW 318d and 140 kW in the BMW 320d.
A 195 kW six-cylinder in-line diesel engine powers the BMW 330d.
The market launch of the car will commence on March 9 2019.