The G20 generation of BMW’s mid-size saloon has been spotted testing in northern Europe

These are the latest pictures of BMW’s next-generation 3 Series, which has been spied winter testing in Scandinavia.

The current F30 3 Series has only recently received a facelift, and its replacement – the G20 – isn’t expected to arrive until 2018, but these new pictures confirm the new model is already at an advanced stage of development.

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The test mule's camouflage reveals little about the styling, but the F30 successor is expected to wear much tighter features and a harder-edged exterior.

The G20 is also expected to introduce BMW’s turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine to the 3 Series line-up, with turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines sitting directly above it in the range.

More potent models, including the M3, will most likely still use turbocharged in-line six-cylinder units.

When it arrives, the G20 will have to conform to the EU’s next wave of emissions legislation, meaning it will be the first 3 Series generation tasked with producing an average CO2 output of less than 100g/km.

Like its predecessor, it’s expected to be available in both rear and four-wheel-drive forms.

Our Verdict

BMW 3 Series saloon
BMW 3 Series is priced from £24,975

Revised saloon icon gets a superb engine and a more upmarket interior but less than definitive handling

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20 January 2016
Hasn't the F30 LCI already introduced BMW’s turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine to the 3 Series line-up?

20 January 2016
courtster wrote:
Hasn't the F30 LCI already introduced BMW’s turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine to the 3 Series line-up?
Only as a hybrid driving the front wheels in the 330e. Not sure if you can even buy that yet. I think they mean as a stand alone engine.

20 January 2016
winniethewoo wrote:
courtster wrote:
Hasn't the F30 LCI already introduced BMW’s turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine to the 3 Series line-up?
Only as a hybrid driving the front wheels in the 330e. Not sure if you can even buy that yet. I think they mean as a stand alone engine.
F30 LCI 318i has the new 1.5 3 cylinder, replaced the 1.6 in the 316i.

20 January 2016
JezyG wrote:
winniethewoo wrote:
courtster wrote:
Hasn't the F30 LCI already introduced BMW’s turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine to the 3 Series line-up?
Only as a hybrid driving the front wheels in the 330e. Not sure if you can even buy that yet. I think they mean as a stand alone engine.
F30 LCI 318i has the new 1.5 3 cylinder, replaced the 1.6 in the 316i.
What is that? It isn't on BMW.co.uk nor bmw.de. Neither website has a 318i on the books with a 3 cylinder engine. Only the 2 series gran tourer has this engine.

20 January 2016
winniethewoo wrote:
JezyG wrote:
winniethewoo wrote:
courtster wrote:
Hasn't the F30 LCI already introduced BMW’s turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine to the 3 Series line-up?
Only as a hybrid driving the front wheels in the 330e. Not sure if you can even buy that yet. I think they mean as a stand alone engine.
F30 LCI 318i has the new 1.5 3 cylinder, replaced the 1.6 in the 316i.
What is that? It isn't on BMW.co.uk nor bmw.de. Neither website has a 318i on the books with a 3 cylinder engine. Only the 2 series gran tourer has this engine.
Damn, I am wrong. I just looked it up. The 318i is a 3 cylinder 1.5l engine. Will shut up now.

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