The G20 BMW 3 Series is all set to be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show later this week, but if these leaked configurator generated images are anything to go by, then the wraps have effectively been taken off the car ahead of its real-life debut.

The images were posted on the Bimmerpost forum, and reveal the seventh-generation compact executive sedan in a variety of angles, trim and colours, including views of the 330i and M340i as well as Sport Line level trim and the M Sport package along with M Sport brakes. Also revealed are four new exterior colours – Dravit Grey, Tansanit Blue II, Citrin Black II and Vermont Bronze.

As already gleaned from spyshots and teasers, exterior design cues include a large double kidney grille, dual exhausts (round on the 330i, trapezoidal on the M340i), small lip spoiler as well as L-shaped graphics for the lighting elements, and there’s definitely no shortage of lines, especially on the sides. It looks like opinion may be divisive on the styling direction of the new car – based on this image set, the early view hasn’t been all roses at this publication.

The view of the interior fully reveals the M steering wheel and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster partially glimpsed via an official teaser set of the car last week, as well as a 10.25-inch central display and new layout for the climate control vents and controls.

Interestingly, the image set of various interior schemes depicting the Sport Automatic-equipped variant doesn’t feature a central gearshift lever – there’s no transmission switchgear evident either, so it remains to be seen if this is indeed how it plays out or a configurator glitch.

The use of the modular Cluster Architecture (CLAR) will see a lighter car than its predecessor, and powertrain-wise, the M340i should pack a B58 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six petrol engine while variants like the 330i will come with a 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder bearing a slight increase in power and torque as well as gains in fuel economy. We’ll have the full lowdown on the new 3 Series when it debuts later this week.

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