New 2019 BMW 3-Series Looks To Build On The F30’s Success (244 Images – Updated Gallery)

BMW’s all-new G20 3-Series has some pretty big shoes to fill, as the previous-generation F30 model was one of the most dynamic and best-selling cars in its segment.

The new 3-Series goes on sale in March of 2019, priced from $40,200 in the U.S and £33,610 in the UK, where the entry-level model will be a 320d, as opposed to the 330i that opens up the range in America.

First things first though, let’s talk size. The new 3er is 85 mm (3.34 in) longer than its predecessor, measuring 4,709 mm (185.7 inches) in length. It’s also wider by 16 mm (now 1,827 mm / 71.9 in) and just 1 mm taller. Meanwhile, its wheelbase has grown by 41 mm to 2,851 mm (112.2 inches) – the largest in its class.

Visually, the G20 is also more imposing than the F30, thanks in part to the four contour lines leading to the massive kidney grille, as well as the character lines that rise to the rear and wheel arches. From launch, customers will be able to choose between two non-metallic colors and ten metallic shades, including Vermont Bronze metallic and the new Portimao Blue metallic, the latter unique to the M Sport version.

Overall, the new 3-Series has a wide, low-slung and aggressive exterior, one that is indeed reminiscent of the larger 5-Series as far as design language is concerned.

Class-leading interior tech

Since the 3-Series is now the newest premium sports sedan entry, it’s only natural for it to have some type of upper hand in terms of available on-board technology, at least on paper.

With that in mind, even entry-level variants such as the SE (in Europe) feature the likes of Extended LED headlights with cornering light and eyebrow indicators, BMW Light Carpet, interior Ambient Lighting with up to 11 colors settings, reversing camera, electric folding rear view mirrors, three-zone air conditioning and enhanced acoustic glazing. There’s even a leather Sport steering wheel to go with the BMW Live Cockpit and its 8.8-inch central instrument cluster.

Speaking of the SE model (Euro spec), it gets a line-specific front and rear bumper design, exclusive 17-inch alloys (or optional 18-inch ones), bespoke door sill strips and LED front fog lights. The Sport version adds BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim for the side window surrounds, kidney grille bars and air intake elements, and 18-inch alloys, while its interior comes with high-gloss black trim, sports/heated seats and Vernasca leather.

Last but not least is the M Sport model, which in Europe features the previously-mentioned Shadow Line trim and gloss black accents, Sports seats, an M leather steering wheel, anthracite-colored BMW Individual headliner, Aluminum Tetragon trim strips, heated leather seats and the new BMW Live Cockpit Professional with the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as standard, next to the 10.3-inch central instrument cluster and BMW’s new ID7 operating system.

As for U.S. spec models, there’s the entry-level Sport Line, the Luxury Line and the M Sport to choose from.

The Sport Line packs 18-inch wheels, bespoke door sill strips and LED front fog lamps, while inside it comes with high-gloss black trim and sports seats out front. Luxury Line models use chrome applications for the BMW kidney grille, front air intakes and rear apron, while Vernasca leather trim can be found inside. As for the M Sport, is rocks a standard M Sport Suspension (optional Adaptive M Suspension), variable sport steering, larger air intakes, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim and elements, sports seats with M-specific upholstery, an M leather steering wheel and the same headliner as the Euro-spec M Sport version.

Now for the really tech-heavy part, let’s talk active safety and personal assistance.

The Active Guard Plus system comes standard on all new 2019 3-Series models, and includes speed limit information, lane departure warning, Collision and Pedestrian warning with City Braking, plus Cruise Control with braking function. Swing for the Driving Assistant Professional package and you’ll also enjoy the likes of Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection, Priority Warning and Wrong-way warning systems and Cross-Traffic Alert.

The latest generation of BMW’s head-up display is an optional extra and available as part of a Technology package. The system is said to boast a projection area 70% larger than in the outgoing 3-Series, plus enhanced graphics and additional display readings.

As for the car’s Intelligent Personal Assistant, you can activate it by saying ‘Hey BMW’, from which point the system can learn your routines and habits, helping you with your seat heating, sat-nav destinations and so on. What’s interesting is that BMW will allow you to give the system a name (for example Charlie or Joy) in order to create even greater individuality and personality.

Other things you can say include: “Hey BMW, I’m cold” ; “How does the High Beam Assistant work?” ; “Is the oil level okay?” “What messages do I have?” and plenty more. The assistant will the benefit from constant technical upgrades, learning more along the way.

Ultimate driving machine

The 3-Series wouldn’t be a proper BMW if it didn’t drive like one, and you can argue that this nameplate is actually the quintessential Bimmer – a mid-size family car that drives in a very engaging manner.

Helping it get to where it needs to go is a range of upgraded four-cylinder units, used in the 320d and 330i models to begin with. The former packs TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-pots producing 190 PS (187 HP) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque and does zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.8 seconds (7.1 manual). The 330i on the other hand has 258 PS (255 HP) and the same 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, and will do the previously-mentioned sprint in 5.8 seconds.

The likes of the M340i and M340i xDrive M Performance will arrive in the Spring of 2019, boasting a straight-six engine with 382 HP (387 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque, getting you to 60 mph (96 km/h) in around 4.2 seconds.

Pricing

Europe: 320d (£33,610) ; 320d xDrive (£36,800) ; 330i (£37,660)
US: 330i ($40,250) ; 330i xDrive ($42,250)

The line-up will later expand to include M Performance and iPerformance plug-in hybrid models.

Update: We’ve added more photos from the Paris Auto Show floor

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Photo Credits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for CarScoops | BMW | NP

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    reminds me of modern day take of E46

    • Six_Tymes

      blasphemy

    • ksegg

      G20 is about as far removed from the E46 as a bagel is the same as a croissant.

    • Vanishing Boy

      Are you trying to make me laugh!? I don’t find that amusing.

  • a bit of Lexus RC on the taillight.. otherwise a good looking model in what BMW couldn’t afford to mess-up.

    • Rot

      I like it.
      Front very chaotic, Peugeot lighting design…

  • Alx

    They really got carried away on that clay model with pointless surface treatments around wheel arches and bumpers… I mean Peugeot did that on 308 in 2008 FFS. Not to mention that nipping the bumper into the headlights is Peugeot current design signature… and those Lexus tail lights… eek. BMW designers are fu*ked!

  • Kagan

    Have to see it on real on real roads and traffic, otherwise not to appealing.

    • donald seymour

      My thoughts exactly! I feel that the G70 abolishes this “3-Series.”

      • enthusia

        same! i can say right off the bat that i would take the G70 over every single car in it’s class HANDS DOWN. the ball is in BMW’s court and they ain’t serving.

        i still cant believe that the Koreans have been going off recently.

        • donald seymour

          You’re right. I believe BMW is killing BMW.

  • Dennis James

    I have to say, it looks better than I expected. Except the stoplights, I really think they don’t belong in a BMW, full-red color and a slimmer shape would have been great.

    And the M340i finally provides some much-needed, non-laughable power bump, after 10 years hovering around 306-326hp.

  • exeptor

    Looks good in white (or whatever color this is). I like it actually despite the not that BMW-ish rear lights.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Funny how iDrive was brought in to clean up the IP and remove the ever-increasing sea of buttons, but now we have iDrive AND a sea of buttons!
    What on earth is the ‘MENU A/C’ button and why would you need to access this often enough to warrant a hard key?

  • Vassilis

    Man… way too much Lexus on the tail lights.

    • PK

      i thought i was the only one who notices that xD

      • exeptor

        Try again – everyone sees Lexus on the back! In general this rear lights are good looking, but they are far from the classic BMW rear end. If this thing is parked with its rear end towards traffic I will hardy realize that I’m looking at a BMW. Same story with the new X5 rear end.

        • PK

          yeah cute umm what that’s again? lol

          • exeptor

            Not taking credit for the observation (Lexus rear end). A good looking rear lights. Not suitable for BMW. Same (not BMW-ish) with BMW X5.

          • PK

            whatever it is. it’s not a bmw with that rear looking lexus!

    • alexxx

      And it’s a good thing.

  • Jason Panamera

    You can now configure 3 series on german site.

  • Marty

    Blackened glass on the tail lamps? Is it 1988 or 2018?

    • DMJ

      The Z4 and new X5 also have them. I guess they are coming to stay.

      • Marty

        Yep, they are coming to be a trend so that they can go away again 🙂
        But somehow they feel a little more understated on those other models. With half red, half black, it’s very much the 80’s again. And very little BMW.

        • DMJ

          Agree in the 3-series. But I would like that my 530e had them, but in the X5 style.

  • salamOOn

    surprisingly, i really like the look at pics no.160-163. im not a bmw guy, but i would buy it like in that spec.

    thank god for minimum glossy black plastic inside (this is how you do it, audi). interior is very decent in this car.
    in fact, the only thing i disslike are runflats with no full size spare.

  • Createmargin

    Amazing!!!

  • Carman

    The back is totally a Lexus. Nice.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    The Giulia can slep easily… She’s still the queen

    • KidRed

      Asleep in the repair shop…

  • Rot

    what a shit hyundai center console OMG

  • Puddingpopper

    Tone down the m sport, its unbecoming… lexus taillights, interior has NO bmw feel

  • KidRed

    It’s like Honda made a version of the Lexus IS.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Yeah no. I’m not impressed.

    • ErnieB

      Definitely take a G70 over this .. saw one IRL and it looked sweet.. much more car for the price than this bmw..

  • Sybill Julian

    that rear. we’ve seen that in the past. rc taillights.

  • Punit Prakash

    I like the front, nothing much radical and its good but the rear looks just like anyyyy average sedan ..

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Agree with everything except for the 8 series being gorgeous.

  • Tenzin Pelha

    I don’t like the new oversized grill. It’s too much, and they need to design a more appealing looking bumper. The one that it has is pretty hideous.

    • StrangerGP

      It’s only going to change for the worse. I guess BMW’s customers want bigger grills. :/

  • MarkoS

    Over all a very nice evolution if perhaps a bit to safe. I love the tail-lights and for all the Bangle bashing his influence is still very strong in all BMWs, his design influence saved BMW. My only real complaints are the Headlights that bleed into the grill, I prefer some separation like on the X5, at least the tear-ducts are gone. and the Grill, the chrome surround is too thick and the detail behind the up-kink make the whole grill look pasted on and not a integral part of the car, not a deal breaker for me, but it would have been nice to see a little more care here. I can’t wait to see how this translates to the 4 series Gran Coupe.

  • OdysseyTag

    This will grow on me nicely. I like it already.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    The 3-Series has always been my favorite. I think this iteration will do just fine. Now with that said, it does seem to be a little more ordinary and common looking than its predecessors. It has lost some of the attributes and essence of what a BMW should look like.

  • nauticalone

    I like it! Especially in the blue M-Sport configuration. Though I’d prefer the more traditional round gauges as new electronic display / guise.

  • botornot387

    Overall really like the design. Much better than the previous gen IMO. The taillight does have almost a Lexus like quality. The only thing I find odd is the hood dipping into the grill

  • BlackPegasus

    I actually like this thing because it’s the first BMW in years that actually feels NEW. That gauge cluster is Audi’esque which is good by me, and every other line of the car seems to barrow something from a popular premium sedan. I think BMW designed this 3 series to be “future proof.” And if a BMW skeptic like me is impressed, that’s saying a lot.

    • pcurve

      yes! It looks super fresh! huge step up from current model.

  • Matthew Boyd

    The streets of Central Florida will be filled with these in no time. Looks pretty good, interior is a nice update, and I like what they’ve done with the new taillights. Looks like a new 3 Series rather than a refresh too. As much as I’d like to hate, I can’t 😂

  • disqus_ojcAl0fMi7

    Kinda “safe” on the design side in my opinion. Doesn’t seem to exude the same high-end feel you get in the A4 or C-Class. I even think the new Volvo S60 is a more stylish option that does more to get your attention. In this crowded segment I don’t think this will win a ton of “new” customers the way the (down segment) MB A-Class will with all its tech…not to mention the Model 3 (which despite quality concerns…brands cannot dismiss anymore).

  • TrevP

    The rear looks Audi-ish to me, A4/A3?

  • Hans_Remore

    love the rear. very clean. Front, not so much.

  • Vanishing Boy

    I heard that this G20 is bigger than the E39!? I’m sorry, but this car is too big for my liking.

    *The best BMW chassis codes always starts with the letter E.*

  • MarketAndChurch

    best looking in the segment.

  • Ronald Roman

    More pics , please! Kidding…

  • Big Black Duck

    penguin fog lights and hockey stick brake lights

  • Marshall Boyce

    Looks pretty great in grey. I like the wood trim.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It looks so good, especially without the oversized fake vents in the front like you see on every luxury car and crossover.

  • Frase

    Don’ really care for it. I’ll take the S60 please.

  • alexxx

    Finally nice back lights…and interior…

  • Croppo

    Front Lights 100% Peugeot.
    Back lights 90% Lexus.

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