The images in question show what we believe is the M340i M Performance model. This variant will act as the range-topping 3-Series model until the new M3 lands next year. Our sources tell us the M340i will utilize a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder delivering 360 hp and 370 lb-ft (501 Nm) of torque. Both rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission will come standard, while the xDrive AWD system will be optopna;.
One other interesting change found on the new 3-Series can be seen at the rear. The German automaker has decided to change its trademark Hofmeister kink into a more angular design at the corner of the rear side windows. BMW traditionalists may be upset, but we think it is a welcome change.
BMW recently announced that the new 3-Series will premiere on Tuesday, October 2 at 9 a.m. Central European Time (4 a.m. EST).
Beyond the aforementioned M340i M Performance, a number of other new additions will be made to the 3-Series family. At the lower end, there will be a host of models using the company’s 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel and petrol engines, and there are rumors about at least two plug-in hybrid versions on the cards using electrified 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter engines.