BMW will further expand the 3 Series model portfolio with the addition of a fully electric version. This isn’t the first time that a prototype of this vehicle has been spied on, although this time around it appears the test car is wearing less camouflage than before.
At a glance, this may appear to be an ordinary 3-series test car with a combustion engine, however, the stickers of the electric test vehicle on the front doors clearly indicate that it is ‘a zero emission vehicle. Also, of course, there are no exhaust pipes to emit gases because the sedan does not burn any fossil fuels.
All of the vehicle’s front fascia is camouflaged, although there is something worth saying. As you can see, the 3 Series EV now wears production headlights, which appear to have a slightly different design than the current 3 Series family. This can be taken as a major clue that the all-electric 3er will be based. on the restyled version of the model.
The rest of the disguise likely hides a closed grille, as well as a redesigned front bumper. We believe the EV variant will feature a unique bumper styling, although that’s only a guess at the moment.
Our spies have told us that the prototype could have been a long-wheelbase model, although we cannot confirm this at this time. If this is indeed the case, it could mean that it is a model only in China or, failing that, BMW could have decided to use the LWB chassis for the all-electric model.
The biggest mystery surrounding the Electric 3 Series is its powertrain. There are no early rumors or reports pointing to any of BMW’s electrical systems. Some sources claim that the 3EV could share its powertrain with the iX3 in its base form, which would mean a single-engine RWD system with 282 horsepower (210 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters).
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