New 2019 BMW 3 Series previewed ahead of official reveal

19 September 2018
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The upcoming BMW 3 Series has been officially shown by BMW in a new image released ahead of its official launch in 2019.

BMW"s first preview of the car shows the outline of the 3 Series under a sheet, with the car"s distinctive daytime running lights highlighting extra details. The image first surfaced on BMW forums, but the brand confirmed that the preview is genuine. 

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz C-Class rival was most recently spotted in Touring guise, being put through its paces at the Nurburgring ahead of its launch early next year.

Spy photographers captured this camouflaged test mule undergoing high-speed testing, with extra panels riveted in place towards the rear end to disguise the cargo area. It is also sporting the redesigned headlights and taillights that will set it apart from the outgoing model.

The Touring is expected to go on sale shortly after the saloon, which BMW is due to reveal at the Paris Motor Show. Other variants should follow later in the year, with a plug-in hybrid model completing the line-up.