Next-gen BMW 3-Series to offer all-electric powertrain

The next BMW 3-Series will reportedly get an all-electric version to combat the Tesla Model 3. This is in addition to a plug-in hybrid, diesel, and petrol versions.

According to the UK’s AutoExpress, BMW engineers are working on a way to equip the next-generation “G20” chassis with a 90-kWh battery pack, which could give the car a range of 300 miles. It would likely have eDrive Sport badging on its rear, and may not arrive until 2020.

However, BMW intends to launch a plug-in hybrid version of the G20 at launch in early 2018. The 3’er is reportedly being built with the company’s all-new CLAR — for CLuster ARchitecture — used in the 7-Series, which combines steel, aluminum and carbon-fiber in the construction.

The CLAR system would allow the 3-Series to drop a reported 176 pounds, giving it a distinct weight advantage against others in its class despite a longer wheelbase. As a result, BMW would be able to equip base-level models with ever smaller engines, including a 136-horsepower, 1.5-liter 3-cylinder found in the current 318i. A 114-horsepower, 1.6-liter diesel is also being considered.Â

The G20-generation 3-Series is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2017 with a 2018 on-sale date.

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