BMW 3 Series (G20)

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BMW 3 Series (G20)
2019 BMW 330i M Sport 2.0 Front.jpg
Overview
Production2018–present
AssemblyGermany, China, Mexico
Body and chassis
ClassCompact executive car (D)
Body style4-door sedan/saloon (G20)
5-door estate 'Touring' (G21)
Layout
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
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 BMW 3 Series (G20) is a compact executive car produced by German automobile manufacturer BMW. It is the seventh and current generation of the 3 Series, and was unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show on October 2, 2018,[1] and was released in March 2019.[2]

The M340i, one of the first models in the range will be available for sale in the spring of 2019, with the 330e hybrid model scheduled for launch in 2020.[3]

Development and launch[edit]

The G20 3 Series is based on the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform and features increased use of high-strength steel and aluminium.[4] The lead exterior designer was Marc Michael Markefka.[citation needed] The G20 has a double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension,[5] with a hydraulic damping system to better absorb impacts.[6]

The G20 has a flat and covered underbody,[7] resulting in a reduced drag coefficient from 0.26 Cd to 0.23 Cd for the 320d.[8] 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.[9] The car retains a 50:50 weight distribution and has a 50% increase in body rigidity.[10] Boot capacity is identical to the F30, at 480 litres (17 cu ft).[11]

The windshield uses double-glazed acoustic glass and the A-pillars have increased insulation.[12] The handbrake is now electronically operated and no longer uses a manual lever.[13] Engine coasting is also now available in both Eco Pro and Comfort modes,[14] and both petrol and diesel models receive engine particulate filters.[15]

In November 2015, a final design proposal out of 3 total, was chosen by BMW management, as reported by Auto Bild in October 2015.[16]

The 320d and M340i are available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (xDrive) variants.[17][18]

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

An M3 version is under development and is expected to be launched in 2020.[19]

Equipment[edit]

The G20 is available in Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line, or M Sport package.[20]

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.[21]

All models feature iDrive 6.0 with an 8.8-inch display.[22] The system can be upgraded to Operating System 7.0 with a 10.25-inch display and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.[23] 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".[24] The assistant can control in-car functions and is integrated with Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28]

Only 318d and 320d models are available with a 6-speed manual transmission.[29]

BMW has 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.[30]

In March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show the 330e iPerformance model was introduced, using the motor from 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 along with a newly developed system called "XtraBoost" allowing a temporary power increase from the electric motor of up to 30 kW (40 hp).[31]

Models[edit]

Petrol engines[edit]

Model Year Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)
320i 2019– B48B20
2.0 L I4 turbo
135 kW (181 hp; 184 PS)
at 5,000–6,500 rpm
300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft)
at 1,350–4,000 rpm
7.2 s
330i 190 kW (255 hp; 258 PS)
at 5,000–6,500 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
at 1,550–4,400 rpm
5.8 s
330e B48B20
2.0 L I4 turbo + Electric Motor
185 kW (248 hp; 252 PS) 420 N⋅m (310 lb⋅ft) 6.0 s
M340i B58B30
3.0 L I6 turbo
285 kW (382 hp; 387 PS)
at 5,000–6,500 rpm
500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
at 1,600–4,500 rpm
4.4 s

Diesel engines[edit]

Model Year Engine Power Torque 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)
318d 2019– B47D20
2.0 L I4 turbo
110 kW (148 hp; 150 PS)
at 4,000 rpm
320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)
at 1,500–3,000 rpm
8.4 s
320d 140 kW (188 hp; 190 PS)
at 4,000 rpm
400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750–2,500 rpm
6.8 s
330d B57D30
3.0 L I6 turbo
195 kW (261 hp; 265 PS)
at 4,000 rpm
580 N⋅m (428 lb⋅ft)
at 1,600–3,000 rpm
5.5 s

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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