BMW have presented the G20 iteration of their long-running 3-series saloon. Autocar very kindly put images of the new car (blue) up against the outgoing car (not blue).
Last night as I was writing my comprehensive and thorough report on the 2018 Paris Mondiale, it occurred to me that I might do a new/old comparison of the car. I also considered doing a short design review. I didn’t because I had the intuition it would be rather too much work to say anything about something so slight. And here is Autocropley’s image of the new (blue) and old (red) cars.
While some might find VW’s evolutionary approach to the Golf a little dull, they handle it much better than BMW have done here where, again, we see a design that resembles an equally plausible idea from the time they designed the F30. The front bumper has more sculpting and the horizontal division is gone. And there’s a bigger, more faceted grille. The new car has lost the irritating panel gap between the bonnet and grille. The lamp has a messy-looking tooth and is inferior to the F30’s approach. Which one is 2012 and which one is 2018? Both.
The G20 has an extra straight section above the corner of the Hofmeister kink. It makes it hard to perceive the Hofmeister kink.