Electrified 2019 BMW 3-Series Prototype Shows Its Interior

This marks our second look at the all-new BMW 3-Series’ cabin, and it comes via a plug-in hybrid prototype, which is actually a first.

The extra “fuel cap” is clearly visible in all but one of these images, and if that wasn’t enough to convince you, you can also read the ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ markings on the side of the car – something the German government feels very strongly about.

Exterior-wise, there’s not much else to point out at the moment. Yes, the prototype is wearing its production lights, though these were already spotted on another car back in August.

As for the interior, it’s clearly the “smoking gun” when it comes to these spy images. Not only can we see the new digital gauge display, but we can also notice a new shifter design, much smaller than what we’re used to seeing from BMW. This could either be a specific design trait of the next iPerformance 3-Series, or perhaps the entire all-new 3-Series range.

Worth noting is how the iDrive wheel is positioned right next to the shifter and not at an angle like it is on the current-generation 3-Series. Also, notice how the air vents have been dropped to steering wheel level? On the current car, they were placed at the same height as the gauge cluster.

Powering the next-gen G20 3-Series will be a variety of petrol and diesel engines, joined by an electrified model or two. A 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-pot is expected, as is an M40i version with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder unit. In Europe, 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel and petrol engines could join the lineup.

The 2019MY BMW 3-Series will most likely see the light of day towards the end of 2018.

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    like predecessors, too similar to x3 but it’ll be the class leader again

  • no25

    Yep, looks like any other new BMW interior – and every other old BMW interior.

  • Kaisuke971

    Interesting, instead of using the instrument cluster we’ve seen since the G1x 7 Series came out, it has the less conventional one displayed on the 8 Series, Z4 and X7 Concepts. It also seems that they’ve ditched the “stuck on the dash” layout for the infotainment system, to adopt a more integrated slightly lower configuration, similar to what we’ve seen on those same concepts again

    Looks like we’re finally gonna see some serious change in that area, definitely for the better.

  • Dennis James

    Looks nice and compact, at least from the proportions. The current one looks just too big.

  • PK

    As long as the interior is stylish i’m ok with it. So far i love the new instrumental cluster!

  • Dailybimmer

    Drivers oriented like it should be. Be prepared for war Alfa Romeo Giulia, Jaguar XE, MB C class etc, the new 3 series G20 is coming soon. Thanks god Kaban hasn’t designed the new 3 series G20. I also hope he won’t get any credits for the new 4 series.

  • bloggin

    This should have had a 300+ mile battery pack and NO ICE, and it would be worthy. Why pay for a ICE when you never plan to use it? And what I miss about the 3-Series is it’s distinctive design of the E46, with crisp lines and bolder front end. Today it’s rather bland with a smushed front end. And does BMW really think they can compete with the Model 3 with a PHEV? So far it looks like the only focus is meeting the 30 EV mile requirement for China sales.

  • Ermal Morina

    Again,what a disappointment.Bmw needs to change it’s interior design language,it’s basically the same since 2000′,just has updated looks with some gimmicks put on it…

  • Marty

    It’s a bit sad that we can’t be 100 % sure that the small screen to the right isn’t part of the actual interior. 😉

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