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Spied: 2019 BMW 3 Series tackles the 'Ring

by Drew Johnson

BMW is looking to keep its 3 Series at the top of the segment.

BMW has begun shakedown testing of its next-generation 3 Series sedan on Germany's Nurburgring. Internally known as G20, the next 3 Series should hit dealer showrooms sometime in 2018.

The 3 Series has always had a target on its back, but competitors like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Jaguar XE are closer than ever to stealing its sports sedan crown. Not wanting to lose its position as the benchmark of the segment, BMW is pulling out all the stops for its next-generation 3 Series.

Although the overall look of the 3 Series won't radically change, it will become more refined. Think tighter cut lines, sharper creases and harder edges. The 3 Series sedan is also expected to adopt a wider stance and a sloping roofline for a sportier appearance.

The interior of the next 3 Series will be much improved over the current model with an emphasis on better materials and more advanced infotainment. Overall the cabin of the 2018 3 Series should have a much more luxurious feel.

The G20 3 Series will ride on BMW's new CLAR rear-wheel drive platform. Like the current 3 Series, a wide range of engines will be available. BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system will also be offered for enhanced traction.

The next-generation 3 Series will like bow in 2018 as a 2019 model. A high-performance M variant is also expected.

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