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Testing BMW's next-generation 3 Series prototype in Germany

Will the next BMW 3 Series once again be the benchmark of its class?

Steven Ewing
Steven Ewing spent his childhood reading car magazines, making his career as an automotive journalist an absolute dream job. After getting his foot in the door at Automobile while he was still a teenager, Ewing found homes on the mastheads at Winding Road magazine, Autoblog and Motor1.com before joining the CNET team in 2018. He has also served on the World Car Awards jury. Ewing grew up ingrained in the car culture of Detroit -- the Motor City -- before eventually moving to Los Angeles. In his free time, Ewing loves to cook, binge trash TV and play the drums.
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The G20 BMW 3 Series will debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.

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The 330i will arrive first, as a 2019 model next spring.

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330i models will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine, much like the current model.

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Both rear- and all-wheel drive will be available.

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A more powerful 340i will arrive later next year as a 2020 model.

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We don't yet have any specific details on the 340i, but expect it to be powered by a 3.0-liter turbo I6, just like the current car.

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After the 3 Series sedan debuts, we can expect all number of variants to follow, including coupe, convertible and wagon.

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The most interesting bit of tech is a new hydraulic damping system that smooths rebound rates and makes for better balance.

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The 3 Series was once the benchmark of its class. Can it regain that throne?

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Keep scrolling for more photos of the 2019 BMW 3 Series during our prototype drive in Germany.

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