The next generation BMW 3 Series will debut in 2018 weighing less and feeling upscale

While still a few years off, new information has emerged concerning the next generation BMW 3 Series, and we’re compelled to share.

In 2018, BMW is expected to produce a redesigned 3 Series, code named the G20, and according to Car magazine, the German automaker has already started working on the staple vehicle.

Focus will be on the car’s “substance, character, craftsmanship, visual, and haptic quality.” This translates to higher quality build materials and new equipment. There will be new options packages that combine the most popular features so buyers can get more value for money. Additions should include a power kit, an improved braking system, remote-controlled parking, and semiautonomous software.

Inside, a new infotainment system with a large touchscreen display will offer gesture control and voice activation borrowed from the 2016 BMW 7 Series. A more useful heads up display will also be available.

As far as power is concerned, BMW will reportedly increase output of the 3.0-liter straight six engines by 30 horsepower and 20 pound-feet of torque. The M3 and M4 will get a more substantial performance boosts thanks to the combination of a straight six engine and “e-chargers” paired with water injection for a total of 500 hp. As of right now, the next generation M3 and M4 will remain rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive fans will be offered an M350i with 420 hp and xDrive all-wheel drive.

New for the 3 Series will be a pair of plug-in hybrid versions. The first will feature a 1.5-liter engine matched with a 60 kW motor good for 30 miles and the more powerful will pair a 2.0-liter engine with a 90kW electric motor for a range of 50 miles.

Styling cues are still up in the air, but expect certain design elements of the 2016 7 Series to trickle down to the new 3 Series.

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