2019 BMW 3 Series Prototype Shows Us Around Inside

BMW typically keeps each generation of 3 Series around for six or seven years. So with the current model having been introduced in 2012, by 2018, it’ll be due for replacement. And here we have it.

Still heavily disguised as it is, it’s hard to tell much from this swirly-camouflaged prototype aside from the fact that it is quite clearly a BMW. And given the size, it’s pretty obvious that we’re looking at the next 3 Series. But this latest set of spy shots also gives us our first glimpse inside the cockpit.

The German automaker has done its best to hide the interior details from prying eyes like ours. But you can bet that it will have more space, updated styling, and the latest equipment – including the availability of a partially digital instrument panel, when the model expected to be known internally as the G20 arrives to replace the current F30 generation.

Whatever they call it in Munich, you can expect the next-generation 3 Series to debut sometime in 2018, likely towards the end of the year as a 2019 model. Expect numerous gasoline, diesel and electrified powertrains to be on offer, in sedan, wagon and GranTurismo bodystyles, and a 4 Series version to follow with a sleeker roofline (or lack thereof).

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  • Galaxium

    interesting gauge cluster

    • xDRAN0x

      Looks AMG-ish

  • Elmediterraneo

    And still the same old interior design since 40 years
    The new A4 looks so futuristic in comparison

    • Nordschleife

      Exactly. It’s like they refuse to do something different.

    • alexxx

      so for 40 years its been interior and exterior number 1… :-)))

    • Dennis James

      Too bad it sucks at driving dynamics compared to a BMW.

    • trentbg

      Thank you, my thoughts exactly.

    • Keen

      Ordering A5 sportback right now….not worth waiting of 2 more years

  • Evo45

    Is it shorter than the current model or just my eyes deceiving?

    • Dennis James

      They say it’s the same length but the wheelbase is actually 7cm larger.

    • bobfun

      It looks shorter to me too, I hope it is!

  • Poison_Eagle

    In the door open photo is that carbon fibre? Or just the seals along the opening?

    I doubt this is anything even approaching the final interior btw

  • Ermal Morina

    wow the interior is so lame.The same ass boring interior,not even in par with the current gen A4,let alone with the C class.Bmw definitively need to up their game in the interior design!

    • BlackPegasus

      The C class interior will still look fresh once the 2018 3 series becomes available. BMW’s interiors has always been their weakest link.

      • Ermal Morina

        absolutely.The C class interior imo is a masterpiece.So simple,yet so elegant and beautiful

        • Maxime Durez

          The fact that they aren’t hiding the interior means that this isn’t the final interior design. This interior is simply made out of random components from the current car and some from newer models. However I will admit that today, both the C class and A4 beat the 3 series on interior design and quality.

  • Merc1

    Not much difference from the current car. BMW needs to change up their interior styling, it’s been nearly the same since the 80’s.


    • BlackPegasus

      They won’t.. Meanwhile all of the other Luxury brands have evolved over the decades with fresh stylish interiors while keeping it classy. And why does BMW insist on keeping that amber red backlight as the interior color? It reminds me of a 1990s Mitsubishi.

    • Dennis James

      That’s what happens when you don’t drive BMWs. It’s probably the same “they all look the same to me” syndrome that white people have when looking at Asian people. .

      • An Existing Person

        Oh please, BMW’s have been predictable for the past decade. Different and improved dynamics, more technology, evolutionary exterior styling, and the same interior design/layout. You took his comment to the heart.

  • Herr

    That NOT-AUS button 🙂

  • pcurve

    bmw seriously dropped the ball with f30 interior. Evidence of cost cutting is so blatant I don’t know how BMW thought it can get away with it. BMW, don’t think people didn’t notice the serious material quality downgrade from E90 to F30.

    • Keen

      And 3/4 series is still the best seller in USA, compare to C or A4/A5….Better leasing deal is the king these days.

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