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2019 BMW 3 Series Goes Winter Testing in Scandinavia

The 2019 BMW 3 Series is looking to close the gap with its rivals, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and even the Jaguar XE.

Arguably BMW’s most important product, the next-generation 3 Series will ride on the company’s CLAR platform, which currently can be found underpinning the 5 and 7 Series models. That means it will be lighter than the current offering, shedding around 88 pounds (40 kilograms) from its weight. The popular sedan will also have a slightly longer wheelbase, resulting in more legroom for backseat passengers and possibly more trunk space.

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Although it’s still wearing quite a bit of camouflage, the new 3 Series interestingly looks like a smaller version of the new 5 Series. That makes sense since the 3 Series has received modest changes to its styling over the last decade, so expect to see some noticeable changes inside and outside.

Rumor has it the most powerful version at launch will be the M340i, sporting a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine with 340 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Two hybrid variants are also rumored, along with a fully-electric version.

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