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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?

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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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