2019 BMW 3-Series: Latest Photos Along With Everything Else We Know (Updated)

BMW’s upcoming 3-Series model will apparently not only feature a front end that’s very reminiscent of the 5-Series, but also a brand new rear end design and a high-tech interior.

This latest batch of spy images show a prototype wearing a thinner layer of camouflage, which in turn means that we can gauge the car’s proportions and styling details with more ease. It’s more evident than ever that the all-new 2019 G20 BMW 3-Series will look considerably more aggressive than its predecessor.

We already mentioned the similarities to the 5-Series, but now, we can almost tell just how much alike the two models are, at lest as far as the front end design is concerned.

The taillight design is also easier to interpret than before. The bottom part of the cluster sticks out even more than we thought, somewhat similar to what we’ve seen on the 8-Series Concept, albeit, not as extreme – this is after all 2018, not 2028.

Slippery when dry

The 2019 BMW 3-Series was sculpted by the automaker’s former design boss Karim Habib, who later moved to Infiniti. The car also represents the first-ever 3-Series model to be fully honed in the automaker’s Munich-based wind tunnel, matching the aerodynamic efficiency of the new 5-Series, as reported by Autocar.

The new 3-Series is also rumored to have a very low drag coefficient, rated at just 0.22 cd. By comparison, the Audi A4 only managed a 0.26 cd, while the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s is 0.25 cd.

According to unknown insiders, the new 3-Series will measure 4,703 mm (185.1 in) in length, with a 2,830 mm (111.4 in) wheelbase – making it 7 mm (0.27 in) longer than a 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but with a shorter wheelbase (by 10 mm / 0.39 in ).

Our best look yet at the interior

The all-new BMW 3-Series might take after its larger sibling when it comes to exterior styling, however inside, thanks to this latest batch of spy images, we can tell you that the dashboard and center console design is a little bit different.

There’s a new digital gauge display, which we already knew about, plus a new shifter design, considerably smaller than what we’re used to seeing in other BMW models. It’s actually the same knob found inside the new 8-Series Coupe and the new X7, both of which feature the exact same center console design as the G20 3-Series, a design first seen on the 8-Series Concept.

To summarize, the swivel wheel controls the infotainment system, then we see buttons for the start/stop engine function, parking sensors, video camera, three driving modes (Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro) and more.

Move north of the center console and you’ll find the stereo, while above that there’s the climate control system, followed by a pair of air vents. On the 5-Series, the stereo is the one between the vents and the climate control.

The infotainment system will be more intuitive

BMW’s Operating System 7.0 is coming to the all-new 3-Series, boasting a new layout with more intuitive commands. Users will also benefit from more customization options as well as intuitive modes of operations, such as its ability to switch to a parking map as you’re approaching your destination.

The user will operate the system via either the iDrive swivel wheel, via touchscreen, voice or gesture control.

The 3-Series will look sportier than ever

Additional images captured by our spy photographers feature two different prototypes, one wearing M Sport duds, and another one in a more basic configuration. What’s great though is that both prototypes are wearing very thin camouflage, giving us our best ever look at this all-new Bavarian sports sedan.

Even though we long suspected that when it comes to styling, the G20 3-Series will take after its larger sibling, the 5-Series, we now know just how similar the two are when viewed from the front. The cut-out of the headlights is easy to spot, and while they’re not exactly identical to the 5-Series’ pair of eyes (a little smaller and straighter in the G20), the grille however does appear to be.

As for other noticeable features, there’s a design line that runs across the profile curving upwards, like on the current car, plus two other lines, one cutting across the middle of the doors, and another closer to the door sills.

On the current F30 3-Series, the upper-most design line doesn’t go any higher than the rear door handle, whereas on the all-new G20 model, it sweeps over both door handles, which in turn will presumably give the car a more aggressive stance.

Moving on to the rear, this is where things get really interesting, because we might be looking at a completely new rear end design for a BMW saloon. The overall shape of the taillights sort of reminds us of the Audi A4’s, however the bottom part of the cluster also sticks out a little, like on certain BMW concepts and definitely more than on the 7-Series.

A wide array of available power units

Entry-level 3-Series models should continue to utilize 3-cylinder engines, although probably not in North America where the current car is only being sold with four and six-cylinder units. The 3-cylinder engines in question (diesel and petrol) will likely be the BMW Group’s 1.5-liter ones, which we expect to find on 316i and 316d versions of the new 3-Series.

Mostly though, it’s going to be 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter units, with four, respectively six cylinders. Also, word has it at least two plug-in hybrid versions will join the range, using electrified 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engines.

The tip of the spear for the upcoming 3-Series range will wear the M Division’s logo, in one way or another. To start with, there will be an M340i (both rear and all-wheel drive versions) with a 360 HP 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, and an M340d xDrive, with a 320 HP 3.0-liter straight-six diesel. Either one of these two could actually be the prototype we see in the image above.

As for the flagship model, that’s going to be the M3, which is expected to house a 500 HP straight-six unit with water injection.

The all-new 2019 BMW 3-Series is on track to make its official debut sometime later this year.

Article updated with new information and spy photos

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Photo Credits: CarPix / S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • SteersUright

    Still looks rather massive. Cars have gotten so big this would’ve easily been a 5-series not that long ago.

    • fgclolz

      And parking spaces haven’t. That’s why your shiny new 3 will be full of dings and scratches in no time. LOL!

    • Six_Tymes

      spot on

    • Kagan

      Maybe back in 80 or 70!

    • DM

      I agree! Midsize premium cars have gotten way too big. An A3 sedan is the same size as an early 00’s A4.

    • Six_Tymes

      true. the days of my fav E46 size is gone.

      • Brabusbus

        Yup, the e46 size is perfect for small sedan. Even the current F30 is bigger than E39….

    • Dennis James

      I really think this “looks massive” is a cliché in regards to the new 3-series. It actually looks far less massive than the current F30 and looks very similar size-wise (and viewed from the side) to the previous E90.

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      Safety regulations are most likely are to blame.

  • WG

    A smaller 5-series… i’d prefer more distinction in the appearance though.

    • LeStori

      The Corporate look. Seen one you have seen them all. Like a row of
      Blokes in suits. The Big Boss in the most expensive, the junior in the
      cheapest. All looking the same but not the same. Your 3 might look like a
      5 but it will still look down market. Totally boring. Not sure if this
      is consumer driven or company driven. But it seems like herd-like in
      concept…

      • WG

        I believe this is company-driven strategy to reduce cost for them. I now see buying luxury cars as buying clothes: S, M, L, XL sizes, except with difderent prices for each. Nonetheless, a little change to the bumpers besides the head-/tail- light design differences would be nice, and this shouldn’t cost a leg

        • Knotmyrealname

          Having different sizes of everything doesn’t reduce costs at all. You still have to design and manufacture an all-new part. Even if it looks just mildly different, it’s still a new part.

    • Yilmaz Yasar

      Different headlamp,taillights, interior, shoulder line, bumpers, twice hoffmeister kink and other different elements but you still think this car smeller 5 series. Bravo.. What we need to say they are different each other

      • WG

        I dont quite get your point. those differences you mentioned would be enough for me to distinguish the 3 from a 5 series. The problem is that from these spied shots im seeing only design differences in the lights. I know audi amd mb are also doing this and am not a fan of that.

        • fathornyblackandjoe

          Really…that’s the only design difference that you see? There’s quite a bit more than that; take a closer look. The shoulder line, and the character line along the bottom, for example. There’s no “hockey stick”. There’s a new vent in the rear bumper. And yes, the lights themselves are quite different…it looks like this one has has vertically stacked headlight elements…we’ve seen this in the spy shots of the new X5, but definitely not in the G30.

          • WG

            It takes me a while to figure out those differences from these shots. Hopefully with the camos off they add up to better distinguish the 3 from the 5. Interesting discussion here. 🙂

    • Autoexperte

      the rear end is very different, but yes the front end looks like small 5-series

    • TheHake

      Matryoshka…

  • Bo Hanan

    New 3-Series is G20???
    BMW’s nomenclature is so ridiculous. What’s wrong with G10-20-30-40-50-60-70-80, for the new Series 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8? They could also use GW for wagons and GX for SUV’s, and whatever number series that car is. So easy made so hard by BMW.
    And don’t even get me started on the engine coding: 730i = 2.0L turbo………..

    • you my friend are not alone, it’s like they pick it out of a hat and Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo we have a series code name! lol … like the new M-B A200 being a 1.3..

    • Kaisuke971

      It doesn’t really matter as this is not something that’s intended for the public. Most customers don’t know or care about the chassis code of their car. As for the engine coding, it’s relative to what the displacement of a naturally aspirated engine would be to produce a certain amount of power.

      It makes sense when you consider that a turbo virtually increases the displacement of the engine.

      • Belthronding

        But you must be familiar with S85B50 🙂

    • casho2015

      And after G10-19 is made where do they go for the 1 series?

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    I like it general design especially taillights but Peugeot 308 style headlamps? What a shame for BMW

  • fgclolz

    Not really a fan of the headlamp covers attached to the grills, can’t wait for them to move away from this design language. I mean, how many time do they have to do this for the 3-er? BTW, it looks like a Chrysler.

    • lagunas3ca

      With you on the first part, but if this looked like a Chrysler, then Chrysler wouldn’t be heading towards the dumps. Remember when Marchionne said they can build a Model 3 rival in 12 Months? That was almost 2 years ago.

      • fgclolz

        Chrysler headed for the dumps because their shitty cars broke down all the time.

  • LeStori

    Yawn. Bored already.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      So it’s basically the same as the last model which was the same as the model before that one. BMW needs help design wise.

  • eb110americana

    Hoffmeister kink now twice as kinky!

  • DM

    Slimmer tail lights will do good to an already nice design. This being BMW I expect they stick to their “If it aint broke don’t fix it” approach.

  • jaykit

    Wait. So they are going with double headlights and kidney grilles on a familiar body shape? Got it.

  • Sedat GÜNAYDIN

    What about engines?

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    Why camouflage minor updates. it’s ridiculous. The car, for the most part is proportionally the same

  • Honda NSX-R

    Honey, I shrunk the 5 Series!

  • MPAMPIS

    bored…

  • Lucas Hampel

    You can see the attention to detail. New rear lamps. The car will be very nice. But I miss the loss of roots. Later, the sedans were compact, sporty. For today I appreciate the only car that represents the old school. It looks aggressive, sporty and has a compact proportions. Jaguar XE https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8f558a79f77b58ada2c81f90d6b1fe7b958a427583eb66397f3bd17642ca0f97.jpg .

    • Six Thousand Times

      I like this but the interior really lets it down.

      • Galaxium

        Agree. The infotainment in Jaguars (and Land Rover) is absolute garbage as well. Constantly freezes up and completely takes away from the experience.

        • Elpatore

          Yet I would take an XE instead of any of the german trio.

    • TOMSON

      I love my XE with all of my heart 🙂 but agree on the infotainment frustration…this is far behind the class leaders. But I don´t care, the car is timeless pretty to my eyes.

    • MultiKdizzle

      It looks poised from the front, but those massive tailights are ungainly. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c73fa615bcc122e3dabc42985114a8c5692cc4bfcde678c3b23f822c78935d3.jpg

  • enthusia

    my interest in bmw has all but dwindled, but the 3 series is where they shine, so i’m holding my breath.
    the Genesis G70 looks to be a fierce competitor, so it will be interesting to see how these compare.

  • Knotmyrealname

    From the front, very evolutionary BMW, but from the back, esp. in camo, it looks like a next gen A4.

  • ZYGIUS

    Peugeot calling….

  • Miknik

    Looks boring. and are the tail lights from an Audi A4?

  • chuck2

    No reason to replace my 13-335IS MHD tuned-n54 with Mfactory LSD and suspension bits.. 🙂
    And 24K miles..

  • Mike Gonzalez

    the 3/4 series are the only BMW models still interesting to me… the rest could get the chop any day

  • Jay Davis

    It appears they are sticking with the headlights to the grill design, which I was hoping would be a fad. Not impressed with what I see here but let’s wait and see how it turns out.

    • erly5

      Agree that the headlights/grill design doesn’t work. I thought with the X2 they were now moving away from that feature. Apparently not.

  • Six_Tymes

    Well, semi integrated Nav Screen is better than none. happy to see that.

  • ctk4949

    So basically the same interior for the past 20 years?!?!?! Whack!!

  • Carenthusiast

    Finally 3er loses its traditional handbrake! I bet it is one of the last luxury vehicles to go to EPB..

  • Puddingpopper

    Oh my how your kidneys have grown

  • pcurve

    just when I thought they couldn’t make the interior cheaper looking… BMW outdoes itself. All down hill since E46.

    • Packer Backer

      Make that e36

  • Knotmyrealname

    Question: how do you get an overhead shot of an interior component without being in the car?

  • Not a fan of the ‘half digital, half analogue’ instrument cluster, it looks very cheap. Just go digital or don’t go digital, designs like this make me feel they are scared of change…

  • klowik

    it still looks too similar to the current 3-series. it’s more like a facelift than a redesign. BMW needs to try to be more creative in their design department, else Mercedes will still top the sales in the Luxury segment.

  • Rich Money

    wtf did they do to the hoffmeister kink?!!

  • Six_Tymes

    and what the stupid “4 series” moniker is gone? wishful thinking…

  • WM sap

    soo bmw 1234567series? seriously?

    • Six_Tymes

      too many

  • David Lee

    I thought Audi was the epitome of boring and then BMW says, “Hold my beer”. I mean, spice it up a bit.

  • Alban Gojani

    The interior looks too…Korean-ish.

  • erly5

    Move along, absolutely nothing new to see here!

  • DMJ

    Wondering how will they fit a manual shifter in that tight space next to the iDrive. They will have to redesign the entire area.

  • botornot387

    most of it looks good, but I can’t get over how cheap the digital dials look in BMW models. Not a fan at all!

  • Will E Vormer

    Perfect sized car, for me at least. Exterior looks great, more sculptured than the boring 5. Interior is a better effort, but still way behind Audi.. dare i say it some parts look a bit cheap

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