The next-generation 3 Series was spotted while testing a couple of times last year. Based on the pictures gathered until now, the visual differences between the new MBV M3 and the garden-variety 3 will be quite modest. This new BMW is the next generation of the quintessential compact sports sedan. BMW has traditionally offered a four-door sedan and a station wagon, but we hope the misleadingly named “Gran Turismo” hunchback will remain without a successor.
The 3-series used to be the car that everyone tried to emulate, but while sales remain strong, it has been surpassed in dynamics, interior quality, and design. As the BMW 3 Series continues to evolve, so too does the M3 alongside it. The new 2019 model will for sure have some of the model’s signature cues.
I will have quad exhaust tips and fatter fenders. The vent looks a little higher up and more slender than the current one. As for the wheels, they seem to hide some seriously big benders. We can also see that it has a rear lip spoiler and the front bumper has much larger grilles. It is true, this are more of a general performance car trait than one exclusive to the BMS M3.
2019 BMW M3 Release date and Price
We can expect the new BMW M3 to appear sometime next year as a 2019 model. BMW is clearly working on the M3 conjunction with the regular 3 Series, so the surprise of M3 making its debut alongside the normal car, would not be that big. There is no official information about the release date. There is no official communication about the price either. We might expect it close to the current generation’s, meaning the poverty model, with no supplementary features on it will start in the mid-$30,000s.
A lot of people state that the design will be far more progressive and daring than the current 5- and 7-series, and that’s another step BMW must take. The design needs to move on, insiders admit, and it will do so by redefining the overall proportions, the relation between the more muscular body and the sleeker greenhouse, and the stance which will likely be sportier. The new 2019 BMW M3 looks very much like a plain 3 Series. The main kidney grilles don’t look differently shaped, though they do appear to have slimmer slats for the air flow.
The mirrors, which are often unique on the M3s, look the same as other prototypes. The hood does not appear to have any major bulges, either. The new BMW M3, internally called G20, will roll on a BMW’s new longitudinal-engine platform, internally dubbed CLAR, which stands for “cluster architecture”. Being built on BMW’s latest CLAR architecture, expect quite a lot of carbon fiber used in the new BMW M3. It should get the same carbon fiber roof as every other current BMW M3 car and it should also have some carbon fiber in the chassis structure. Compared with the outgoing model, this new M3 is lighter by a good 150 pounds while also having more power.
On the inside of the cabin we can expect full digital instrument panel, likely to be made available on high-end variants. It most probably aims to close the gap with the new class-leaders, the latest Mercedes-Benz C-class, Audi A4 and new Jaguar XE.
As we are used to, BMW will most probably keep the classy, stylish interior for the new 2019 M3 and who knows, maybe will even surprise us with improvements we don’t expect.
2019 BMW M3 Specs
BMW Group new engines have more power: 1.5-liter threes, 2.0-liter fours with upward of 250 horses, and 3.0-liter sixes with up to 400. The six-speed manual and ZF eight-speed automatic will most probably carry over. The new 2019 BMW M3, which will produce close to 500 horsepower, will likely keep its seven-speed dual-clutch auto.
There are rumors stating that the upcoming BMW M3 could be the first BMW M car to feature a hybrid powertrain. While it’s not likely, BMW M could be playing with the idea of adding electric motors and battery to M cars. If they can do it without sacrificing handling integrity, there’s a possibility the will take it into consideration, making the new M3 a hybrid.
|2019 BMW M3 Specs|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Transmission||ZF eight-speed automatic|
|Competitors: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan|