Next-Gen BMW 3 Series Growing, Losing Weight and Going Hybrid

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Now that the redesigned BMW 5 and 7 Series models have launched, focus is being put on the next-generation 3 Series.

Spy photographers have already caught the next-generation sedan testing, but details on changes have been scarce. Now, German publication Auto Motor Und Sport reports the new 3 Series will be 2.3 inches (6 cm) longer than the current model, while its wheelbase is about 0.7 inches (2 cm) longer. What we do know for sure is the BMW 3 Series will ride on the German automaker’s CLAR platform, which means it will be lighter. AMS reports it will shed around 88 pounds (40 kilograms).

But perhaps most interesting is the next-generation BMW M3 will reportedly have a mild hybrid system with an electric motor mounted between the engine and transmission. Along with a 48-volt electrical system, power output is expected to be around 453 horsepower.

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The interior is expected to lose a few buttons to simplify and streamline the design, while higher-end models will benefit from a digital instrument cluster. As has been the case for years now, there will be a plethora of engine options for the 3 Series including three-, four-, and six-cylinder options, along with a plug-in hybrid variant.

[Source: Auto Motor Und Sport]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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