Some info on the next-generation 2018 BMW 3 Series has been uncovered.
According to Automobile, the car will have a softer ride than the current iteration, but that doesn’t mean it won’t handle. Adjustable dampers, a torque vectoring system, switchable anti-roll bars and an active steering system will all be used to apparently allow the 3-Series to be softer, while also being better at carving corners.
The list of performance upgrades doesn’t stop there either. Adaptive suspension that can adjust camber on the fly, bigger brakes, better bearings, advanced all-wheel drive and aluminum/carbon-fiber compound wheels will all be used. BMW’s all-new cluster architecture (CLAR) platform will underpin the new 3 Series and will eventually support the entire lineup of rear-drive BMWs.
Under the hood, the engines are expected to stay the same, though some tweaks are in store. The base 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder will likely be tuned to put out about 260 hp, while the larger 3.0-liter six-cylinder should be moving up to near 365 hp. At the top end of things, the M3 and M4 will both make around 500 hp thanks to electric turbos and water injection. The diesel powerplants are expected to maintain their power numbers.
Two plug-in hybrid versions are also expected to join the lineup, the smaller of which will get power from a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine mated to a 60-kWh motor that will make the car good for 30 miles on just electricity. The larger plug-in variant will be good for 50 electric-only miles thanks to a 90-kWh motor mated to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Inside, expect a better head-up display along with new large color monitor in the center stack that can be controlled using the touchscreen, voice activation, gesture controls or the iDrive dial. Technology will also be found under the hood, with semi-autonomous driving on both the highway and in stop-and-go traffic possible along with automatic braking, self-parking via remote control and automatic overtaking on the highway under some conditions.
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