The next generation of the BMW 3-series will be getting an all-electric version to compete against the Tesla Model 3.
The next generation of the BMW 3-series is expected to be a high-tech model built to take on its rivals. The new car will be coming out in 18 months time.
The car, codenamed by the G20, will be based on the new CLAR architecture, that made its debut on the new BMW 7-series. This means that it will feature carbon-fibre construction techniques. The lightweight material should help the 3-series shed around 80 kgs, which will make it the lightest car in the segment.
Powering the next generation of the BMW 3-series will be a new range of three-cylinder, four-cylinder, and six-cylinder engines. The base will be a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine which will produce around 136 bhp. This is equivalent to the current 318i. The sedan will also get a hybrid unit. The hybrid car will come with an updated version of the current 2.0-litre petrol engine along with an 87 bhp electric motor. The battery pack will be upgraded to increase the electric range.
But the main talking point about the powertrain is the introduction of an all-electric version of the sedan. BMW engineers are currently working on installing a 90kWh battery pack into the executive compact sedan. This should give the sedan a range of 300 miles (482.8 kms). The electric car will come only in 2020.
The new 3-series will come with a longer wheelbase than the current car, which should improve rear legroom. The quality of materials used in the car will also see an improvement.
The next generation of the BMW 3-series is expected to make its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show with deliveries beginning in early 2018. It will compete with the Jaguar XE, Audi A4, Volvo S60, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia. The electric version will compete with the new Tesla Model 3.
Obviously, this will be followed by a high-performance M3 version.
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