Next-generation BMW 3 Series leaked ahead of Paris debut

The 3 Series is getting a total makeover.

Images of BMW's next-generation 3 Series sedan, internally known as the G20, have leaked online ahead of the luxury car's official debut this week at the Paris Motor Show.

The leaked images, which appeared on the enthusiast site Bimmerpost, were reportedly nabbed from BMW's own configurator web site. The images reveal a sedan that's still recognizable as a 3 Series, but with a number of key design changes.

The G20 3 Series retains BMW's signature kidney grille and quad-headlights, but everything is a bit more sculpted than today's car. The G20's grille looks bigger and more three-dimensional than the unit found on today's car, and the headlights are more modern with partial integration into the front bumper.

In profile, the 3 Series retains its classic three-box shape. Those that prefer a sleeker-looking four-door coupe will have to wait for the next-generation 4 Series Gran Coupe.

The G20's rear styling is its biggest deviation from previous 3 Series models. The 3 Series has traditionally used big, blocky taillights, but the new model sports rear lights that are thinner and wider than we've come to expect from BMW. From certain angles, the rear of the new 3 Series looks almost Lexus-like.

Inside the G20 is closer to traditional BMW with radio and climate controls mounted centrally in the car's dash with a horizontal orientation. However, the G20's interior does look more modern thanks to stylized aluminum accents and a better integrated infotainment screen.

Expect to see a range of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines under the G20's hood. There will also be a new M340i model intended to split the difference between the normal 3 Series and the hot rod M3 that will pack around 370 horsepower. On the other end of the scale, there will also be a new 3 Series hybrid.

The all-new BMW 3 Series is scheduled to be unveiled tomorrow at the Paris Motor Show. Sales should commence either late this year or in early 2019.

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