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2020 BMW 3-Series: Preview & Release Date

, Contributing Editor - November 16, 2018

Model Preview

One year removed from an updated 3 Series, all-new BMW M340i and M340i xDrive sedans will arrive. The new models represent the seventh-generation of BMW’s quintessential M sport sedans. The duo builds on the 3 Series’ impressive technologies and good standard safety tech, adding updated performance enhancements to keep the M3 at the top of its game.

The 2020 BMW M3 has standard rear-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. Seating is for five, although it is ideal for four. The standard sport seats deliver superior lateral support and now offer a wider range of adjustment. Leather seats are optional.

BMW says the front seats offer increased shoulder room, while rear seating passengers benefit from more legroom. All occupants will find increased headroom.

Powering both models is a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with an updated and quicker responding twin-scroll turbocharger. This engine makes 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque for an estimated 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds.

The lone transmission is an 8-speed automatic transmission as the previously available 6-speed manual gearbox has been dropped. The M3’s transmission features quicker shifting than before, a manual override and is tied in with launch control.


2019 BWM 3-Series

The M3 benefits from a new suspension and damping system, which supplies balanced handling for improved cornering and reduced body dive. An optional adaptive M suspension is an electronically controlled system with new valves and optimized management through the driving experience control knob. All models have an electronically controlled, fully variable locking rear differential.

Overall, the M3 has evolved looks with narrower front roof pillars, a wider rear window and a slightly larger standard sunroof. All models come with frontal collision warning with city collision mitigation and lane departure warning. An optional blind spot detection system, rear cross-protection and cross-traffic alert are part of a Driving Assistant Package. Other changes include an available head-up display, which is 70-percent larger than before and a Parking Assistant Package with backup assistant.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2020 BMW BMW M340i and M340i xDrive sedans will go on same in summer 2019.

BMW has not announced pricing yet. In comparison, the 2019 M3 starts at $66,500 with the manual transmission plus $995 for the destination charge. With the automatic transmission now standard, pricing will likely begin around $70,000 for the 2020 model.

Top rivals include the Mercedes AMG C63, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and the INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400

Learn about the current 3-Series on sale now »

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Pictured: 2019 3-Series

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