The Germans invented the luxury sport sedan segment. Others have simply emulated. Today, some emulators have gotten pretty darn good in the handling and characteristics department, including the Cadillac ATS. However, the BMW trumps the American luxury marque when it comes to the finer things; the ATS was never truly up to snuff.
Thus, Cadillac better be watching as the 2019 BMW 3-Series readies for a debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show this October. The German make has said it will absolutely retake the luxury sport sedan crown with its new 3-Series with the most refined and dynamic model ever. That’s big talk from a brand that has constantly redefined the segment. And it’s talk Cadillac will have to match with the upcoming CT5 and CT4 sedans.
We don’t have confirmed specs for the 2019 BMW 3-Series, but the brand has shared it will boast the most powerful four-cylinder engine yet. We’re looking at somewhere north of 248 horsepower over the current 3-Series. Underpinning the new 3-Series is BMW’s CLAR architecture, which debuted with the 2016 7-Series. The platform is lighter, more rigid, and will usher in a host of improvements over the current car.
Specifically, the platform has allowed for major tweaks to the suspension, steering, and brakes. Grueling tests at the Nürburgring haven’t only made the car more dynamic, said BMW, but quieter and more refined on the road, too.
All of the buzz around the 3-Series comes as Cadillac continues to test the CT4 and CT5 sedans. The brand plans to reorganize its sedan offerings, so it’s unclear if the CT4 or CT5 will be the most direct competitor to the new 3-Series. Both will more clearly define their segments than the current CTS and ATS. We’ll likely see the first of the sedans, the CT5, debut next year as the 2019 3-Series reaches dealerships.