BMW begins the campaign to publicize the new generation of the Series 3 (G20), scheduled to debut in about a month and a half at the Paris Motor Show. The first episode is about “catching” the new sedan in final tests on the Nürburgring circuit, which BMW says allows the model to “mature at every turn.”
The images, in fact, reveal nothing that we have not seen before. But at least BMW was kind and released some preliminary data on the seventh generation of the Series 3. We learned, for example, that the center of gravity of the sedan was reduced by 10 mm in comparison with the current model, while the weight distribution will be maintained in 50/50 in the front and rear – a tradition of the brand.
Speaking in weight, the German engineers reduced 55 kg of the sedan while increasing the rigidity of the body and the suspension. Despite the diet, the new Series 3 will be larger and wider, and you can get 18 “wheels and an M (optional) sports suspension that will leave the body 10 mm closer to the ground. One of the highlights of this generation G20 will be under the hood: the most powerful 4-cylinder engine ever used in a BMW production car. Even stronger, the sedan will have the goal of being 5% more economical than the current car, thanks in part to the updated 8-speed automatic transmission.
Not convinced yet? The new BMW 3 Series will be BMW’s first production car with elevator-related shock absorbers, which work all the time together with the springs to counteract vibrations generated by obstacles or during tight corners, keeping the body balanced.