2018 BMW 3 Series looks like a mini 5 Series - Rendering

21/11/2016 - 21:56 | ,  ,   | Sagar Parikh

Expected to be present at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

After the revamped BMW 7 Series last year and all-new BMW 5 Series this year, BMW's next major project among the mass-selling sedans will be the next-gen BMW 3 Series. The redesigned 3 Series is currently under development and being tested in Europe, with its debut slated in 2018.

2018 BMW 3 Series front three quarters rendering
The next-gen BMW 3 Series will be underpinned by the CLAR rear-wheel drive platform.

Based on a spy shot of the car, BIMMERPOST forum member Paul-Bracq-BMW has created a digital illustration of the seventh generation BMW 3 Series (codename: BMW G20) with the new family lines drawn from the latest 5 Series and 7 Series models. The 3 Series being the youngest of the company's global sedan line-up, should have the sportiest styling of them all.

The next-gen BMW 3 Series will share the ultra-rigid, and ultra-safe CLAR rear-wheel drive platform with the 5 Series, 7 Series, next-gen X3 (codename: BMW G01) and next-gen BMW X5 (codename: BMW G05) and the BMW X7. The 2018 BMW 3 Series probably won't use carbon-fibre in its construction yet will reportedly be substantially lighter.

2016 BMW 3 Series (BMW 320i) front three quarters
The BMW 340i will be rebranded to BMW M340i, while the BMW 335d will be replaced by the BMW M340d. Current BMW 320i pictured.

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The 2018 BMW 3 Series will get drive from 2.0- and 3.0-litre petrol and diesel engine options at launch. In European markets and in other regions where CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency are prime concerns, 1.5-litre three-cylinder options could be offered. The BMW 340i will be rebranded to BMW M340i, while the BMW 335d will be replaced by BMW M340d. The range will include a plug-in hybrid variant right from launch, and a pure electric variant may join the line-up later, we gather from various reports.

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