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BMW 3-Series (G20) leaks out early

01 October 2018 | by Michael Gooderham

Images of the new BMW 3-Series have made their way onto the internet ahead of the car’s debut at the Paris Motor Show, via BMW’s configurator. The images show the ‘Sport Line’, ‘M-Sport’ and initial flagship ‘M340i’ versions of the exterior, plus a couple of different interior configurations.

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The exterior is an evolution from the outgoing F80 generation’s design, maintaining that car’s proportions while taking in a few detail touches adapted from the new 8-Series coupé.

The headlights, which run straight into double-kidneys whose frames now join together in a single piece, have a notch taken out of the middle of the lower edge, much like the last-generation Peugeot. The simpler Sport Line has a T-shaped inset containing auxiliary driving lights, while the M-infused versions instead use fake grilles and a couple more creases to add aggression.

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Along the side, the Hofmeister Kink graphic at the end of the DLO has been doubled-up, with the look of one being put upside down atop the other. Below it, a simple light catcher bends upwards to point at the rear bumper panel gap.

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At the rear end, The M-Sport versions with smaller engines have two simple circular exhaust tips, while the M340i gets trapezoidal ones. Above them, the tail lights feature the same sculpted red hockey-stick treatment as the 8-Series and Z4, with toned-down indicators and reversers in a grey trapezium nestled within.

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The interior again features some similar themes to the 8-Series, including the black plastic area full of buttons on a silver centre console which appears to run on underneath the leather-trimmed central storage bin lid. A control lever for the automatic transmission appears to be optional.

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The layout of the HVAC controls and vents, plus the steering wheel and (optionally) the digital IP design, also carry over. Simpler dials and a plusher steering wheel are also available depending on trim level. A rectangular screen sits inside a trapezoidal glossy black surround.

More info will no doubt be released very soon. For now, see more images in the gallery.