It looks like the G20 BMW 3 Series will be the next model to be launched by BMW Malaysia, following the debut of the G15 8 Series Coupe recently. The seventh generation of the 3 Series, which forms part of BMW’s core range of models, was first revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 2018.
The post on BMW Malaysia’s Facebook page doesn’t explicitly indicate the G20, but merely takes us through the first six generations of the 3 Series, beginning with the E21 right up to the F30.
With the line “the legacy continues” in the caption, it’s pretty clear what’s coming next. This look back into history has been done before, as prior to the launch of the 8 Series, the company also posted several “throwback” posts focusing on the significance of the number eight to BMW.
As you’d expect, there’s not a lot in the way of details at the moment. The latest 3 Series can be had with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder in two states of tune, with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. On the 320i, the mill makes 184 PS from 5,000-6,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1,350-4,000 rpm, with a zero to 100 km/h time of 7.2 seconds.
Meanwhile, the 330i offers 258 PS from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,550-4,400 rpm. As a result, the century sprint is quicker at 5.8 seconds. One or both of these petrol variants are likely what we’ll be getting, but we’ll have to wait for the launch so see what’s what.
Other available G20 variants include the M340i xDrive, 330d, 320d and 318d, although we don’t expect these to be made available at launch. There’s also a petrol plug-in hybrid model in the guise of the 330e, but this may come a bit later. The current F30 LCI line-up in Malaysia consists of the 318i Luxury and 330e M Sport.
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