The next-generation BMW 3 Series Touring has been spied again, this time giving us an early look and the new 3er's interior.
The central screen will likely house the latest BMW OS7.0 infotainment software, which also extends to the fully-digital instrument cluster ahead of the driver.
Meanwhile, there's a new layout for the buttons and controls on the centre stack, and the wand-like gear selector has been given a makeover.
Compared to the current car, the new 3 Series is likely to take a big step upmarket in terms of material quality, in order to make it more competitive against the likes of the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. It's also worth noting that the current-generation 3 Series first hit the market in 2011.
Earlier this week BMW confirmed the next-gen 3er will be lighter, more rigid, and feature a 10mm-lower centre of gravity than the model it replaces. Additionally, there's going to be a new "lift related" damping system as standard, and a retuned version of the optional M Sport suspension setup.
In terms of powertrains, we're expecting the 3 Series to continue offering a range of three-, four- and six-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines – including the "most powerful four-cylinder engine ever to be fitted in a BMW series production model" for the 330i.
An eight-speed automatic has been confirmed, though low-spec versions will likely offer a six-speed manual depending on market, and the company claims its revised engines will offer up to five per cent improvements in fuel efficiency.
The new 3 Series is believed to be scheduled for reveal sometime later this year, potentially at the Paris motor show in October. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.
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