The 2019 BMW 3-Series Touring has been photographed while passing road tests. A new generation of the 3 series family is being in full swing prepared for the debut next year.
BMW does not hide its preparations for the launch of the all-new 3-Series in 2019. One of the pre-production prototypes of the Touring wagon got into the cameras of car spies. Though it is closed by camouflage, its appearance is not specially disguised. The seven-generation 3-Series exterior will be predictably changed little.
The G21 model is built on the BMW Cluster Architecture (CLAR), which already formed the basis of the X3 crossover and the flagship coupe of the 8 series. Generally speaking, the company today builds the models above 3 series inclusive on this platform.
CLAR will allow the use of some electrified transmissions – both plug-in and possibly all-electric.
The PHEV system will likely be taken from the current MINI Countryman SUV. It includes a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol turbo engine and an electric motor. The total output of the system is more than 220 hp. A more powerful version of the unit with a 2.0-liter turbo-petrol engine is expected. Its power is 280 hp.
As for the other engines for the lineup of the new 3-Series, they are petrol and diesel ones from the existing range of the model. In particular, the above-mentioned 3-cylinder motor with 136 hp will become the base one. The 320i and 330i versions will have a 2.0-liter petrol engine up to 260 hp. It’s still early to speak about the diesel lineup, but it will be.
Most versions of the new 3-Series will get an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission. Cars of initial trim levels will be equipped with a six-speed manual. There will be modifications with all-wheel xDrive too.