2019 BMW 3-Series Drops 121 Pounds, Will Have The Most Powerful Four-Cylinder Ever

BMW has released the first details about the 2019 3-Series.

Expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show, the redesigned sedan promises to be sportier than ever as the automaker says the car’s center of gravity has been lowered by 10mm (0.4 inches). The car also weighs up 55 kg (121 lbs) less than its predecessor.

The upgrades don’t stop there as engineers “significantly enhanced” rigidity levels and kept the car’s weight distribution at a perfect 50:50. BMW went on to say agility and steering precision has been improved thanks to a wider track and new axles.

The 3-Series is renowned for its handling and engineers paid special attention to the car’s suspension.  As part of this effort, they developed an innovative damping system which uses lift-related dampers.  BMW says they operate “continuously and progressively in relation to the respective spring travel” and this allows road imperfections to be neutralized “gently and precisely.”

While the standard suspension aims to strike a balance between sporty and comfortable, the M Sport Suspension definitely favors the former.  Cars equipped with the sport suspension will have a 10mm (0.4 inch) reduced ride height and 18-inch lightweight wheels with mixed tires.

According to BMW’s Head of Driving Dynamics, Peter Langen, the damping forces on the M Sport Suspension are approximately 20 higher than those on the standard suspension and this means the difference is “much more perceptible than before.”  He went on to say the M suspension is now “much sportier, with more rigid bearings and stabilizers, harder springs and additional body struts.”

Cars outfitted with the M Sport Suspension will only be available with the Variable Sports Steering system.  BMW says the latter has been “specially reconfigured” for the redesigned sedan and will provide “much greater precision to slight steering movements, without seeming nervous in central position.”

Other performance features include an M sports differential with an electronically controlled locking function that is linked to the Dynamic Stability Control system.  BMW says this allows the differential to preemptively influence both understeering and oversteering without brake intervention.

BMW was tight-lipped about performance specifications, but confirmed the 3-Series will be offered with a “thoroughly revised” four-cylinder petrol engine.  The engine will be the most powerful four-cylinder ever fitted in a production BMW and it will be approximately five percent more fuel-efficient than its predecessor.  Part of this increased efficiency is due to the car’s improved eight-speed automatic transmission.

Speaking of eco-friendliness, the engine will come equipped with a particulate filter.  BMW says this, along with other changes, will allow the engine to meet Euro 6d-TEMP standards.


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  • Bob

    High hopes. I hope Alfa bloodied BMW’s nose and that they’ll give it to them right back. I hope this goes on until BMW and Alfa are streets ahead of everyone else in their fight for the Sports Sedan crown. I hope that, in my lifetime, the world and I can once again savour a real Alfa/BMW rivalry.

    • donald seymour

      Well, yeah Alfa bloodied BMW’s nose in every aspect except for sales, which is where it really counts.

      • Carmelo Van Cabboi

        Not really true. bmw 3 sells more that Giulia only because the 3 sells includes: normal, sw, coupe and cabrio. The information regarding sells are everywhere in internet.
        But I don’t care about selling, Giulia and 3 series are great cars and that s the most important thing!

        • donald seymour

          So, world wide the Alfa’s sedan beat out the 3-Series sedan? I’m not trying to be cocky but I’m going to look at the numbers to know that is not true.

  • ErnieB

    Bmw has become very lazy with their design. Nothing revolutionary just status quo updates to their boring looking lineup. At least merc, Audi, Volvo are trying ..

    • Six Thousand Times

      Both Audis and Mercs look the same across their lines. Audis are very conservative and the Benzes are melting. Volvos look OK but aren’t really proper premium cars with those small engines and lesser handling prowess. I like the Jaaaaaags but those interiors are the worst. The Alfa Guilia is quite a motor but it’s not a range. It’s not the most popular opinion but I personally think BMW has found a style that works and the performance is still mostly all there in a world where everyone would rather talk touchscreens rather than double wishbones.

      • donald seymour

        No, it’s not the most popular opinion. And nor do I agree with, but I understand your rationale.

  • pcurve

    hope BWM redeems itself. F30 is an abomination to 3 series heritage.

    • Six_Tymes

      agree 100%

  • RDS Alphard

    It’s always great to see new cars are getting lighter!

  • Brent Morrison

    Nice Malibu taillights

  • Six_Tymes

    It all sounds impressive. I hope all these tweaks translates to good reviews, because it sounds as if BMW is again putting more effort into sporty driving, i hope.

  • Matthew Boyd

    Well it’s definitely going to be good looking.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Sounds like all good things. Looking like a return to form for the 3er.


  • Salih Ahzem

    So BMW finally give the 3-er LED taillights and front indicators from the beginning… I mean, E90 LCI vs F30 pre-facelift, c’mon BMW that was so obvious!

  • Marshall Boyce

    So uh not the most powerful 4 cylinder ever? C’mon guys.

  • Balcis

    It doesn’t seem very hard to create a realistic view of the next gen after these photos. If only I could have some photoshop talents, anyone?

  • Unplugged

    BMW needs to try very hard to come up to the level of the Model 3. So far Tesla beats BMW on performance, price and sales. In fact, the Model 3 now outsells every luxury sedan in the U.S., combined.

    • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

      BMW sell their cars and make a profit in doing so. Perhaps Tesla could try it sometime?

      • donald seymour

        Ouch! @disqus_Izko9K1aHn:disqus You got burned!

        • salamOOn

          maybe he could change his name to alwaysplugged.

          • chuck2

            Or just completely disconnected.

        • Unplugged

          I only got “burned” if you know nothing about how business actually works.

      • Unplugged

        It depends on how those who have no idea how much it costs to start a massive new automaker define “profit.” For those who think that “profit” means not investing in infrastructure, equipment or personnel, Tesla is losing money. For those who actually understand business 101, you have to “lose” money to start a massive enterprise in order to eventually turn a profit.

        If you need, I can point you to some basic business links in order to improve your understanding of how business really works.

        • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

          You may worship the ground the Elon walks on, but most people couldn’t care less. Plenty of alternative electric vehicles out there for the ecowarriors and liberals.

          • Unplugged

            Thank you for confirming my point.

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            You’re talking out of your backside. I’ve driven a Model S and been a passenger in a Model X, both had poorer build quality than cars ten or fifteen years older. New cars shouldn’t rattle! The company you so badly worship is amateurish at best.

          • Unplugged

            Funny, you can only state your OWN opinion. But the opinion of reviewers who COUNT, say something completely different. You can hate on Tesla all you want, but it’s going to take your precious gasser and drive a stake through it’s heart.

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            You don’t care that I’ve witness a brand new Model X rattling like a twenty year old Volkswagen? We should just believe what the journalists say? You’re an idiot. I’m more interested in what owners and car fans say. I’ve seen the comments from owners on the Tesla forum talking about how difficult it is to get parts, discussing their anger at poor build quality, etc.

            Cars at that price point shouldn’t have these problems. Unless you think that’s Tesla’s USP?

            Seen the share prices from from $360 to $311 yesterday? Investors are getting jittery. Elon will be gone in a matter of weeks. This is turning out to be more dramatic than a soap opera and Musk is a very poor actor!

          • Unplugged

            Wow. This rant sounds like someone heavily shorting TSLA. Good luck with that. Shorts are panicked that Tesla will move the Model 3 into the top five sedans sold in the U.S. for August. Your precious gas cars are on their way out. Embrace the future.

          • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

            It doesn’t matter if the Model 3 outsold the top five sedans sold in the U.S. for August. Tesla is set to lose $6,000 on every Model 3 it produces. That’s not very successful is it? Or is that fine in your world? I’m sitting back with pleasure and watching the company fail. I’ve just opened a beer.

            When the time comes that electric vehicles are forced upon us, I’ll be going for a BMW or a Jaguar, they’ve successfully made cars for decades and know what they are doing. Tesla do not.

    • chuck2

      You left out handling .. but ok.. Glad your tesla stock is so robust

      What time is it?

      • Unplugged

        Perhaps you need to read some reviews on the Model 3? Handling is certainly up there against any 3 series. In fact Tesla guarantees the Model 3 will beat the M3 on the track. How’s that for handling?

        Until you drive both, you have no idea what you are talking about. Period.

        • chuck2

          Ah, since there have been no direct comparisons, Im on pretty good footing. Not to mention the WEIGHT DIFFERENCE. But, go a head and post your reviews bud.. lets see you back up your statement.

          And, according to the CD test of the mod3, .84 G is easily within the range of a 3series. Not to mention lane change is probably not as rapid.

          Elon has made a lot of promises,, that is the REALITY..

    • nellydesign

      So performance in terms of straight line acceleration only? Or are you including metrics for bumpers that fall off in the rain?

      And no, it is not outselling every luxury sedan in the US “combined”. They sold 14,250 in July. The other sedans in the top 20 sold 20,693 combined. It’s not even a “luxury sedan” in my estimation. Is it expensive? Sure. Is it “luxurious” Didn’t seem so when I sat in it. No doubt, their July sales are great. Pent up demand is a thing. Let’s see how it continues. And whether they can hold on to luxury buyers who like their cars to not fall apart 30 minutes down the road.

      • Unplugged

        That’s really rich, using TWO examples out of 30,000+ vehicles to indict the quality of the entire production. And, of course, you know nothing about what happened to cause any bumper issue. We can guarantee your precious BMW will suck up a gallon of water in three feet of water. Which is more expensive, rebuilding an engine or replacing a bumper because an idiot drove through three feet of water at speed?

        Let’s wait until August numbers are in to pretend Tesla won’t sell more luxury cars than everyone combined. How many did BMW sell this month? Ha, ha.

        Your opinion about what is a “luxury” sedan is meaningless to the discussion. If you get off on knobs and switches, keep your BMW or whatever excuse for a luxury car you might have.

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    Where does it say they’ll be built in Mexico?

  • Kagan

    50/50 meah empty words as they never are 50 /50 in best case 52/48.

  • nellydesign

    “The engine will be the most powerful four-cylinder ever fitted in a production BMW”

    This is much different than the “most powerful four-cylinder ever” as stated in your title.

    Mercedes makes the most powerful production four-pot at 375 hp.

    A company in Finland makes a 4.0L four cylinder engine that makes as much as 1500 hp.

    The new BMW 4 cylinder would only need to make 255 hp to be considered the “most powerful four-cylinder ever fitted in a production BMW”. Not exactly the earth shattering news everyone is making it out to be.

  • nellydesign

    It could barely crack 260 hp and would still fit the definition of “most powerful BMW 4 cylinder”.

  • Toronado_II

    38 pictures ! Really ?
    I’m tired of this kind of “fake” sneak peek of new cars…

  • FynntheHuman

    Four cylinder? The 3 series is supposed to have a straight six.

  • Unplugged

    Given YOUR history is private, it takes a lot of balls to call me out. I don’t hide my positions. I’m not a wimp hiding behind my posts.

    • chuck2

      Hey, the fact that you didn’t bother to take some preemptive actions on account setup isn’t my problem.

      • Unplugged

        I don’t hide, you do. That says all anyone needs to know.

        • chuck2

          No, it’s just troll.. but you enjoy yourself and just push your tesla stock for all I care.

          • Unplugged

            For someone stalking my comments, you certainly can’t read. I take your measly 3,668 upvotes and raise them by 23,230. Try harder.

            My ratio of upvotes is more than 2:1. Try harder.

          • chuck2

            Right, as if your score really means anything.. to me or anyone else.

            Wow, some life you got there bud..

            Tell you what, ill go into the real world and you just work on your ‘score’ how about 😉


            And you missed the point, but that’s not surprising.

            Oh, and by theway, I got a real BMW3 series that im about to DRIVE. Enjoy your vaporware Tesla 3..


  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    Most powerful 4-cylinder with the most violent timing chain guide snapping?

  • HotnCool

    Of course same interior

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