The 2019 BMW 3 Series has a lot to talk about. For starters, the sedan is bigger yet lighter than previous models. It still uses the same Cluster Architecture, otherwise known as CLAR, that BMW’s longitudinal-engine models use, but the structure uses more aluminium and high-strength steel than previous generations.
The 3 Series is 3.3 inches longer—oddly appropriate given its name—yet still comes out weighing less. In total, 3 Series will come in up to 120 pounds lighter. That lighter weight will combine nicely with the addition of new position-sensitive passive dampers. These dampers serve to counter large suspension motions.
The 3 Series will be available in—you guessed it—three engine options in the US. Buyers can choose from the four-cylinder 330i or the six-cylinder M34oi if they’re looking for a turbocharged gas engine. The 330e will also be available, come 2020, for those looking for a plug-in hybrid. The 330i will put out 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The M34oi is a little beefier, with 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive will be the standard, but you can opt for the all-wheel drive. While Europeans will get a six-speed manual transmission on certain diesel 3 Series, in the US, drivers will be limited to an eight-speed automatic.
The tech has also been improved, making the 3 Series a much smarter car.