BMW has been testing the next-generation 3 Series, code-named G20, for a while. However, the spy shots we’ve seen until now have all been of chassis-testing mules, this week, our spy snapper has sent us photos of a 3 Series prototype that sports new body panels.

Although camouflaged, we can see that the overall styling is an evolutionary take on the signature BMW design language, complete with a Hofmeister kink and short overhangs. In the photos, the new 3 Series looks lower and wider than the current model, lending it a sportier stance. The front, with its revised kidney grille and headlights, and rear with the new taillights and larger bumper are both likely to follow cues from the new 5 Series and the 7 series. It will also feature the lightweight construction seen in the larger saloons, as it’s based on the same CLAR cluster architecture.

Main powertrain options will likely remain turborcharged four- and six-cylinder blocks, but the new 3 Series is expected to come out with a plug-in hybrid set-up as well.