We’re fond of luxury sedans. We don’t have a favourite (we don’t play favourites) when it comes to automobile manufactures. Though there is something special about German engineering where you need it most on a car. On that note, we are quite excited about the BMW 3 Series (G20), which is due to launch in March 2019.
Quite when it rolls onto our own shores isn’t too clear yet, but we presume later in the year.
It looks absolutely stunning. It’s based on the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, which is a modular platform that utilises carbon fibre, steel, and aluminium. This keeps it solid, but also light – a perfect pairing of strengths for a dependable vehicle on the road that can shake off a light accident, yet doesn’t get too bogged down by weight. The platform can accommodate plug-in hybrid drivetrains along with fully electric ones, making it a forward-looking platform.
The G20 is in fact lighter than its precursor – around 55kgs lighter. Think of it this way. You can fit in an extra skinny person into the new car, and it’ll match the weight of the previous model.
The boot capacity remains the same, fitting in a comfortable 480 litres of your stuff. Just don’t keep too much in it, the drag will increase your petrol consumption.
A nice change is the handbrake, which is now electronic as opposed to manual. You’ll be able to get it in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
It’ll come in Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line or M Sport trim.
The G20 will have, as standard, automatic climate control – perfect as our Earth (and country) heats up. Or even in our sometimes-icy winters. It’ll be your own perfect climate zone.
The headlights are automatic, so you don’t have to worry that you’ll forget to switch them on as the sun sets and dusk falls. This is a common safety hazard on the road: people don’t realise with the dying of the light, they’re actually not that visible on the road. This time of day often results in accidents.
Other safety features include lane departure and collision warnings, with braking intervention in the latter case. It comes with a bunch of awesome infotainment features, including navigation maps and a voice-controlled digital assistant.
You’ll have the option of 2.0L and 3.0L engines for the petrol variant, both of which are turbocharged. Similar specs are available with the diesel variant. If you’re into shifting gears, there is a 6-speed manual transmission. If you’re getting on in the years or prefer relaxing while driving, you can get the 8-speed automatic transmission.