New pure-electric BMW 3 Series spied testing again

All-electric BMW 3 Series saloon will rival the Tesla Model 3

Our spy photographers have snapped BMW’s upcoming, pure-electric 3 Series ahead of its expected launch next year. When it reaches UK showrooms, the all-new EV will offer fresh competition for the Tesla Model 3, as well as Citroen’s upcoming flagship electric saloon.

This latest test mule is wearing a lighter camouflage, so we can glean little more information about the car’s styling. Cosmetic revisions over the standard 3 Series look to be minimal, with the mule sporting the smoother front bumper and tweaked rear end, which does away with the standard car’s exhaust cutout.

This mule also features slightly deeper side skirts, which help to hide the EV’s underfloor battery pack. Like the rest of BMW’s pure-electric models, the electric 3 Series will also receive a blanked-off radiator grille and a set of aerodynamically efficient alloy wheels – features that will help the car cut through the air more cleanly and boost its range.

It’s expected that BMW will transplant the powertrain found in the latest iX3 SUV into its upcoming electric saloon as both use a version of the same architecture. The system in the iX3 comprises a 282bhp electric motor and an 80kWh battery pack for a range in excess of 270 miles.

What do you make of the upcoming all-electric BMW 3 Series? Let us know in the comments section below…

Recommended

'Judging by 2020's stats, demand for EVs is growing'
Opinion - electric cars
Opinion

'Judging by 2020's stats, demand for EVs is growing'

Steve Fowler finds some positive all-electric figures from a year of sales doom and gloom
13 Jan 2021
‘Your car may not be the most efficient tool for your new, lower-mileage life’
Opinion

‘Your car may not be the most efficient tool for your new, lower-mileage life’

Mike Rutherford thinks now is the perfect time to re-evaluate your modes of transport
20 Dec 2020
Pester power from kids pushes parents towards electric cars
News

Pester power from kids pushes parents towards electric cars

More than half of UK children want their parents to make the switch to an electrified car
27 Oct 2020
Government should place 15% EV quota on car manufacturers, campaigners say
Electric cars

Government should place 15% EV quota on car manufacturers, campaigners say

Global Action Plan and FIA Foundation claim 59 per cent of two-car families could run an electric car without any hindrance
17 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Euro 7 standards: EU considers lifetime surveillance of every new car
UK Motorway
News

Euro 7 standards: EU considers lifetime surveillance of every new car

Cars could feed data to the EU every second they are being driven; rules could also force hybrids into EV mode, while MoT test results could be affect…
5 Mar 2021
New Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid 2021 review
Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid - front
Cupra Formentor

New Cupra Formentor e-Hybrid 2021 review

The new Cupra Formentor is stylish and practical, but the plug-in e-Hybrid falls short of being the pick of the range
3 Mar 2021
New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo electric shooting brake unveiled
Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo - front
Porsche Taycan

New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo electric shooting brake unveiled

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo range breaks cover – EV estate comes in four different versions with prices starting from £79,340
5 Mar 2021