BMW's All-New 2019 3-Series (G20) Gets High Tech Makeover

BMW 3 Series
BMW seems acutely aware of the criticism some have had for the more recent 3 Series iterations, so it's gone and retooled the sedan, giving it a bigger design, making it more tech savvy, and a punchier look. Or as BMW puts it, the 2019 model 3 Series "takes the signature characteristics of a BMW and turns the volume up several notches."

The dial has quite been turned up to 11, though certainly the latest 3 Series is a bolder, more aggressive representation of the sporty sedan. It has T-shaped air intakes in front of both wheel wells, sleeker looking twin LED headlights, a "kidney grille" with a single surround for the two elements, slim L-shaped 3D rear lights, and a twin-pipe exhaust system.

BMW 3 Series

"New interpretation of the familiar BMW sports sedan look uses the brand’s new design language. Clear lines and taut surfaces showcase the car’s modern aesthetic, sportiness and emotion-packed presence. Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport models enable precise individualization," BMW says.

It's not all about the aesthetics, either. BMW is claiming optimized aerodynamics with a lower drag coefficient (0.23, down from 0.26 on the BMW 320d), sharper driving dynamics, and a 50 percent increase in body rigidity. BMW also notes new shock absorber technology to soak up those bumps in the road.

BMW 3 Series Rear

Most of the new and updated features are visible from a 360-degree tour of the exterior, though one of the biggest changes is underneath the hood. Drivers in North America will no longer find a manual transmission option on the 330i, the sole 3 Series model available to them. Instead, it ships with an eight-gear automatic gearbox, alongside a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 155 miles per hour, and can go from 0-62 MPH in 5.8 seconds.

BMW 3 Series Interior

On the inside, drivers will find a 5.7-inch digital instrument screen and 8.8-inch infortainment display, both standard. BMW offers the option of upgrading to a 12.3-inch instrument screen and 10.25-inch infotainment system. Technological wonders also include assisted parking, remote software upgrades, and a digital key.

Look for the 2019 BMW 330i to go on sale in March starting at $41,195. All-wheel drive versions will run a little higher, starting at $43,245.