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I would love AWD. It's really the one thing I wanted that I gave up on when I bought my 2018 6. I did not care for a turbo, and I wanted a MT, so the 6 sport was a good fit for me. But I long for AWD. However, with AWD I would have to see the performance of sky-X in a NA engine. AWD adds weight.
I feel the 2.5 NA engine works just fine, even amply well, with my MT. An AWD would more likely demand a turbo. Not sure how that fuel economy would come out. I got 38mpg highway coming home from AZ over Thanksgiving. I'd hate to have to give much of that up. Fuel economy was the reason I let go of my AWD turbo last month, opting for the 6 instead.
I watched the reveal tonight of the new 3. I bought a Gen1 3s sedan in 2003. I feel the Gen 1 sedans were more beautiful than the hatches. However, that moderated in Gen2 and flipped decidedly in Gen3. Its hatches were much prettier than those sedans. I think Gen4 turns that around a bit. They've fixed the sedan design now.
I was struck, almost surprised, by the fact that the Gen4 3 sedan seems to have taken several cues from the latest 6. Long hood/bonnet, black chainmail-esque grille, front end character lines. I like the back end on the new 3 a bit better than my 6, particularly that there is no molded-in spoiler-ish bumpout on the trunk lid. But apart from that, I think it's not significantly more aesthetically pleasing than the latest 6. Have to see one in person to validate that, though.