The famous German automaker will present up to 25 electric vehicles by 2023. One of them will be an electric BMW 3 Series. Recently, the car has been spotted during test drives, and it is noticeable that it carries a fully enclosed grille. Similar to the one on the iX3 model. Also, the front bumper will probably come with minor adjustments to improve the overall aerodynamics.
However, it is hard to discuss the final look at this point; the company might decide to replace every single feature with something completely new. The rest of the vehicle is similar to the ongoing regular version. Still, you’ll notice a new rear bumper without the exhaust cutouts. Furthermore, we assume that the charging port will be on the driver’s side front fender, just as on the 330e plug-in hybrid model.
All-Electric BMW 3-Series Design
The upcoming all-electric BMW 3 Series will be a little bit different than the ongoing regular version, dimension-wise. The current 3-Series model measures 185.7 inches in length/71.9 inches wide, with the longest wheelbase in the class – 112.2 inches. So, we expect that the all-electric version will come with an even longer wheelbase, which will provide extra room for the battery. As for the design language, we hope to see a couple of similar things to the F30. Also, one of the primary references will be the current model.
Probably there will be four contour lines and character lines which rise to the rear and wheel arches. The 2019MY of the BMW 3 Series offers two non-metallic paints and ten metallic colors, Vermont Bronze and Portimao Blue, among them. We assume that the all-electric model will have the same palette, plus maybe one or two unique hues. Furthermore, since the whole 3 Series follows the design cues of the larger 5 Series, we expect to see a more aggressive look of the all-electric model.
The 3 Series represents the company’s premium sports sedan, and, logically, it will include some exclusive features and packages. As for the equipment, expect to see Extended LED headlights with cornering lights, Ambient Lightning with 11 color settings, BMW Light Carpet, reversing camera, electric folding rearview mirrors, improved acoustic glazing, and three-zone air conditioning. On top of that, the company will probably include the BMW Live Cockpit configuration, with an 8.8-inch instrument cluster and leather Sport steering wheel.
As for the engine, the forthcoming all-electric BMW 3 Series will be built in the same factory as the iX3. So, there’s a chance that the all-electric sedan will share some component of the engine room with the crossover. But, we still wait for confirmation from the automaker. Previously, BMW revealed that the iX3 would use a 74 kWh battery pack and a rear electric motor, which produces 282 hp (210 kW), and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm).
This configuration provides a driving range of 273 miles (440 km). So, we assume that the all-electric sedan might benefit from this setup, and offer decent good driving range and power. However, the company will probably try to improve this mill even further, to stay competitive on the growing EV market. As we already mentioned in the first paragraph, BMW will introduce an all-electric fleet by 2023, but the precise release date is still unknown.