BMW 3 Series (G20)

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BMW 3 Series (G20/G21)
2019 BMW 330e M Sport.jpg
Overview
ProductionOctober 2018–present
Assembly
Designer
  • Alexey Kezha[1]
  • Marc Michael Markefka[2]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact executive car (D)
Body style
Layout
RelatedBMW 4 Series (G22)
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
Hybrid drivetrain
  • Plug-in hybrid:
  • I4 turbo + electric motor
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,851 mm (112.2 in)
Length4,709 mm (185.4 in)
Width1,827 mm (71.9 in)
Height1,442 mm (56.8 in)
Chronology
PredecessorBMW 3 Series (F30)

The seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series range consists of the BMW G20 (sedan version) and BMW G21 (wagon version, marketed as 'Touring') compact executive cars. The G20/G21 has been in production since mid-October of 2018[3] and is often collectively referred to as the G20.

The M340i, one of the first models in the range became available for sale in the spring of 2019, with the 330e plug-in hybrid model scheduled for launch in 2020.[4] The 3 Series Gran Turismo fastback body style was discontinued for the G20 generation.[5]

Development and launch[edit]

At the end of November 2015, a final design proposal for the successor of the F30 3 Series by Alexey Kezha out of 3 total, was chosen by BMW management, as reported by Auto Bild in October 2015.[6] The new 3 Series, internally called the G20, was unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show on October 2, 2018,[7] and was available for sale in March 2019.[8]

The G20 3 Series is based on the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform and features increased use of high-strength steel and aluminium.[9] The G20 has a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link rear suspension,[10] with a hydraulic damping system to better absorb impacts.[11]

The G20 has a flat and covered underbody,[12] resulting in a reduced drag coefficient from 0.26 Cd to 0.23 Cd for the 320d.[13] Compared to its predecessor, the G20 is 55 kg (121 lb) lighter, 85 mm (3.3 in) longer, and 16 mm (0.6 in) wider.[14] The car retains a 50:50 weight distribution and has a 50% increase in body rigidity.[15] Boot capacity is identical to the F30, at 480 litres (17 cu ft).[16]

The windshield uses double-glazed acoustic glass and the A-pillars have increased insulation.[17] The handbrake is now electronically operated and no longer uses a manual lever.[18] Engine coasting is also now available in both Eco Pro and Comfort modes,[19] and both petrol and diesel models receive engine particulate filters.[20]

The 320d and M340i are available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (xDrive) variants.[21][22]

The Touring variant (G21) was launched on 12 June 2019.

The Long wheelbase variant in China was launched on April 2019 as a single trim, the 325Li, which uses a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine making 184 HP and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission as the only transmission offered. The wheelbase was extended by 11 centimeters.[23]

The Right hand drive Long wheelbase variant in India, the 330Li, is scheduled for release by 2021 to replace the 3 GT. The 330Li uses a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine making 258 HP. The stretched wheelbase of the 330Li is 2,961mm long, 110mm longer than the regular 3 series which is exactly the same as the version sold in China.[24]

An electric version for the Chinese market is scheduled for release by 2023.[25]

Equipment[edit]

The G20 is available in Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line, or M Sport package.[26]

Standard equipment includes full LED headlights and tail-lights, automatic climate control, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers, 40:20:40 split folding rear seats, and driver assistance systems including lane departure warning and collision warning with braking intervention.[27]

All models feature iDrive 6.0 with an 8.8-inch display.[28] The system can be upgraded to Operating System 7.0 with a 10.25-inch display and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.[29] iDrive 7.0 has over-the-air updates for the navigational maps and operating system, and features a voice-controlled digital assistant that can be activated by saying "Hey BMW".[30] The assistant can control in-car functions and is integrated with Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business.[31] The engine start stop system uses the navigation system to prevent unnecessary engine shutdowns.

Optional equipment includes the BMW LaserLight, a BMW display key, self-righting wheel center caps, and a Welcome Light Carpet.[32] A Digital Key system enables a smartphone to lock or unlock the vehicle using near-field communication, and will start the engine when placed in the wireless charging tray.[33] The optional parking assistant system displays a three-dimensional 360 degree view of the car and its surroundings, which can also be remotely viewed in the BMW ConnectedDrive app.[34]

Only 318d and 320d models are available with a 6-speed manual transmission.[35]

BMW had controversially implemented a yearly fee for access to Apple CarPlay, a feature built into the car, and for which BMW pays no yearly fee or other ongoing expense.[36] As of December 2019 it is reported that this fee will no longer be charged as BMW has backtracked on this decision.[37]

In March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show the 330e iPerformance model was introduced, sharing its engine with the 320i and a 50 kW (67 hp) electric motor, it has a maximum electric range of 60 km (37 mi). It has a 12 kWh battery (9.6 kWh usable) along with a newly developed system called "XtraBoost" allowing a temporary power increase from the electric motor of up to 30 kW (40 hp).[38]

Models[edit]

Petrol engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(62 mph)[a]
318i 2020– 2.0 L B48
I4 turbo
115 kW (154 hp)
at 4,500–6,500 rpm[39]
250 N⋅m (184 lb⋅ft)
at 1,300–4,300 rpm
8.4 seconds
320i 2019– 135 kW (181 hp)
at 5,000–6,500 rpm[40]
300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)
at 1,350–4,000 rpm
7.1 [7.6] seconds
330i 190 kW (255 hp)
at 5,000–6,500 rpm[40]
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
at 1,550–4,400 rpm
5.8 [5.5] seconds
330e 2.0 L B48 I4 turbo
+ electric motor
185 kW (248 hp)[40] 420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft) 5.9 seconds
M340i 2019– 3.0 L B58[b]
I6 turbo
285 kW (382 hp)
at 5,800–6,500 rpm[45]
500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
at 1,800–5,000 rpm
4.4 [4.2] seconds
Alpina B3 3.0 L S58
I6 turbo
340 kW (456 hp)
at 5,500–7,000 rpm
700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft)
at 2,500–4,500 rpm
3.8 seconds
  1. ^ Legend: RWD [AWD] for sedan version. Automatic Transmission.
  2. ^ The B58 engine was named Ward's 10 Best Engines in 2016,[41] 2017,[42] 2019[43] and 2020.[44]

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0–100 km/h
(62 mph)[a]
316d 2020– 2.0 L B47
I4 turbo
90 kW (121 hp)
at 4,000 rpm
300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)
at 1,500–2,500 rpm
9.8 seconds
318d 2019– 110 kW (148 hp)
at 4,000 rpm[40]
320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)
at 1,500–3,000 rpm
8.3 seconds[b]
320d 140 kW (188 hp)
at 4,000 rpm[40]
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750–2,500 rpm
6.8 [6.9] seconds[c]
330d 3.0 L B57
I6 turbo
195 kW (261 hp)
at 4,000 rpm[40]
580 N⋅m (428 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750–2,750 rpm
5.5 [5.1] seconds
M340d 2020– 3.0 L B57
I6 twin-turbo
250 kW (335 hp)
at 4,400 rpm[46]
700 N⋅m (516 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750–2,250 rpm
[4.6] seconds
Alpina D3 S 261 kW (350 hp)
at 4,000-4,200 rpm
730 N⋅m (538 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750–2,750 rpm
4.6 seconds
  1. ^ Legend: RWD, [AWD] for sedan version. Automatic Transmission.
  2. ^ Manual Transmission: 8.4 seconds.
  3. ^ Manual Transmission: 7.1 seconds.

M3 Model[edit]

The M3 model is due to be released in 2020.[47] All-wheel drive (xDrive) will be optional on the G80 M3,[48] marking the first time that a M3 has not exclusively used a rear-wheel drive layout.[49] A manual transmission will only be available on rear-wheel drive models.[50][51]

The M3 will be powered by the 3.0 L (183 cu in) BMW S58 straight-six engine that debuted in the G01 X3 M.[52]

Safety[edit]

The 2019 3 Series scored five stars overall in its Euro NCAP test.[53]

Euro NCAP test results
BMW 320d, LHD (2019)
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 37.1 97%
Child occupant: 42.8 87%
Pedestrian: 42 87%
Safety assist: 10 76%

Awards[edit]

Gallery[edit]

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