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Our European spy photographers have caught the next-generation G20 BMW 3 Series again, and this time they’ve even given us a glimpse at the interior of the test prototype.

If the cockpit looks hacked together, that’s because it is, because much of it actually comes from the current F30 – even the steering wheel. There are a few changes that can be seen, however, including a dashboard top panel that sweeps around the iDrive centre display, door lock buttons which have moved to the door handles and audio controls from the G12 7 Series, stuck to the F30 centre console with tape.

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The cut-and-shut instrument cluster with a large digital screen in the middle also hints at the G20 3 Series finally receiving the fully-digital Black Panel display fitted on the 5 and 7 Series models.

Elsewhere, this mule looks practically identical to the one shown previously – and with the heavy body cladding, it means that there’s not much that can be gleaned from these photos. It does appear, however, that the G20 will grow slightly compared to the F30 – as is usual with these full model changes – likely in an attempt to improve rear seat accommodation.

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Despite the size increase, the G20 3 Series is expected to be lighter than before, as it will be based on the new modular Cluster Architecture (CLAR) used on the G12 7er and upcoming G30 5 Series, as well as using a higher proportion of lightweight materials.

Engine choices are expected to run the gamut of the usual three-, four- and six-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, including the revised three- and four-pot engines announced last week. Also expected is a plug-in hybrid – much like the new 330e – as well as a fully-electric variant and the usual high-performance M3 and M4.