The BMW 3 Series basically originated the idea of the modern sport sedan. That’s why it’s had three pedals since the beginning, even as the market for manual gearboxes has been on the decline. But today, the Bavarian automaker introduced the new seventh-generation 2019 3 Series with one glaring omission: a third pedal on U.S. spec models. Has BMW’s iconic driver’s car—one of the final hold-outs in its class—finally given up on the stick? At least for now, and at least in America, the answer appears to be yes. In BMW’s 3 Series press release for the new U.S. market G20 generation, there’s not a single mention of a manual transmission. Instead, the release focuses on the new eight-speed Sport Steptronic automatic which is standard on the 255 horepower 2.0-liter 330i and 330i xDrive, as well as the 382 horsepower inline-six M340i—the only three models discussed aside from a brief mention of a hybrid 2020 330e model (which I’m … [Read more...] about The U.S.-Spec 2019 BMW 3 Series Debuts Without a Manual Transmission
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Countersteer Your true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars. It’s time again for a new BMW 3 Series. We do know the manual gearbox is pretty much dead this time, and we also know a lot of the engineering behind its new chassis. What we don’t yet know is what it’s like to drive. I’m about to find out, and I’m curious what you would like to know. (Full Disclosure: BMW wanted us to drive the new 2019 BMW 3 Series so bad they invited my boss, Patrick George. But at the last minute he wasn’t able to make it, so now I’m going.) The drive is technically embargoed, but I’ll likely be driving it on both the street and the track. I think I will be in the new 330i M Sport. Maybe also/or the M340i or M340 xDrive, I really don’t know yet. Maybe there will also be diesel cars there, but BMW didn’t let me drive the diesel X5 at an event earlier this year. I’m going to try. Though more variants could follow, the U.S. … [Read more...] about What Do You Want to Know About the 2019 BMW 3 Series?
The world fell to silence on October 2 when BMW revealed the first awkward press photos of the seventh-generation 2019 BMW 3 Series. Why did the back end look like a Lexus? Why does the front have a weird notch in the headlights? Has BMW lost its mind? Well, no, it’s just the Germans trying to be cute. At the global first drive event for the new 3 Series in Portugal last week, BMW offered a brief design presentation to explain the inspiration for the new body style of the G20 3 Series—a design which really grows on you after a couple of days seeing it in person, by the way. In that presentation, the audience of bored faces all awoke at the mention of the new car’s headlight notch being inspired by everybody’s first or second favorite 3 Series, the E46. Evidently, the vertical line stretching up from the bulky black radar emitter and leading into a shark-fin shaped intrusion on the headlight is meant to evoke the lower shape of the old E46 headlights, … [Read more...] about That Weird Notch on the 2019 BMW 3 Series Is Actually a Nod to the Iconic E46
We may be deep in the throes of the sedanocalypse, but make no mistake that the 3 Series is still vital to BMW and its bottom line. And even as it faces more and more competition each year, and as it’s gotten bigger and heavier over the years, it’s still probably the sport sedan benchmark. Here’s the new generation of 3 Series that will lead this famed model into the future. First: the car is set to officially debut this week ahead of the Paris Motor Show (and we have interviews lined up with BMW engineers on how they worked to add some spice to how it drives) but some configurator pics leaked early on Carscoops and BMW Blog, among other places. Here’s an early first look before you were meant to see it. Second: yes, this is an all-new car, even if it may not look that way at first glance. This is the G20 3 Series, based on the same modular scalable platform that underpins the latest 5 Series and 7 Series (and the new Toyota Supra, hilariously.) It’s said … [Read more...] about 2019 BMW 3 Series: This Is It Before You’re Supposed To See It
Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. Where the outgoing car was dinged for a harsh ride, tight interior, vague steering and diminishing appeal, the all-new 2019 BMW 3 Series has an overhauled suspension, is stretched longer and wider, features reworked steering and has boosted both power and torque. It’s still not quite as charming as classics like the E30 or E46, but it’s good enough to make you question how much you value a manual transmission. (Full Disclosure: BMW wanted me to drive the all-new 2019 BMW 3 Series so bad it flew me business class to and from Portugal, fed me the best octopus I’ve ever had, and opened up the Algarve International Circuit in Portimão to me, which was pretty cool.) It’s fair to say that the outgoing F30 BMW 3 Series was starting to show its age. Complaints about its rough optional adjustable suspension setup, empty steering feel and fairly reserved styling began to overshadow a car that … [Read more...] about The 2019 BMW 3 Series Is Back to Being a Great Driver’s Car Even Without the Manual