The new 3-series and X4 M caught

Munich, 5. February 2018

It is the typical procedure for this time of year: all car manufacturers test their future models in the freezing cold of Scandinavia. As a BMW. And the people of Munich have a whole Armada of confused foiled novelties in the Luggage. Most importantly, the new edition of the 3P's for sure. For too long it is likely to last with the presentation of the Bavarian middle class. A Premiere at the Geneva auto salon 2018 (8. to 18. March) seems to be possible. Then the piece should be paid to Champion in the summer of 2018 at the dealers. Visually this BMW goes the way of gentle Evolution. We expect a similar design language as the current 5 series. In comparison to the predecessor, the new 3 series is expected to come slightly wider and more beefy. Whether inside a digital instrument display, is questionable. A large infotainment system with voice - and gesture control is, however, as a set. Just like the last cry in terms of assistance systems and Autonomous Driving.

A little easier

Like his ancestors, the BMW 3 series 2018 (internal Code: G20) is likely to set back the class Benchmark in terms of driving dynamics. The new, modular CLAR platform, which forms 2015 is in the 7-series debuted, and the Basis for all future BMW's from the 3 series up and it should help. Lightweight materials such as Aluminium or Magnesium should also lead to the new 3-series to a weight reduction of 40 to 50 pounds. In addition, the new base for alternative powertrains such as Plug is equipped-in Hybrids and pure electric drives. An electro-3P, we do not expect before 2020. A Plug-in Hybrid with more electric range and performance (so far 330e iPerformance with 40 km range and 252 HP) could be on-time ready. The conventional motors are mostly known. It is the current 2.0-Liter four-cylinder and 3.0-litre six-cylinder Diesel and gasoline engines. The power output is between 150 (318d) and 360 HP (M340i). The 1.5-Liter three-cylinder was scourged in the current 3-series is often as a little weak, but it should hold also. A high-performance M3 with 500 HP. Whether we see here already a Form of electrical support in order to increase the performance and reduce the consumption, it remains to be seen.

New X4 for the first time as a real M

Second in the Prototype-the League of the upcoming X4 M. is the new edition of The X4 will start in the early summer of 2018. For the first time, it will be a brutal M-Version. If not before 2019. So far, the M40i was with 360 HP, the highest of the sporty X4 feelings. Thanks to new competition such as the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio (both with up to 510 HP), BMW is now under pressure to act. And responds with a Power-SUV-double. Yes, an X3 M, there will be also. For both, we expect the expansion phase of the 3.0-Liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine from the current M3/M4. Whether it remains in the 431 to 460 HP, is not yet known. What is interesting about this prototype of the X4 M: The typical four tailpipes, new, super-narrow rear fenders lights and more angular like the new X2. It also has wide fenders, a thickness of 19 - or 20-inchers as well as a specially-tuned M-chassis.(sw)