2012 BMW 3 Series

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First official info released:

* New BMW face emphasises dynamic and elegant design.

* BMW 3 Series now available in three different equipment lines.

* Full-colour Head-Up Display for the sports sedan.

* Sporty suspension tuning with enhanced ride comfort.

* All engines with the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.

* All engines can be combined with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

* Driving Experience Control with Eco Pro mode; Auto Start-Stop function included as standard.


The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the world?s best-selling premium car, sets new benchmarks in terms of sporting prowess, elegance and comfort. The pioneering history of the 3 Series serves as inspiration for the new sports sedan, whose powerful styling represents a fresh interpretation and conscientious development of traditional BMW design cues. The new BMW face, with flat headlights reaching along as far as the BMW kidney grille, emphasises the elegantly dynamic design of the new BMW 3 Series. The sixth generation of the 3 Series has grown in size compared to its predecessor, with its wide track (front + 37 mm, rear + 47 mm) particularly prominent, and the car?s increased length (+ 93 mm) and augmented wheelbase (+ 50 mm) also accentuate its sporting silhouette. Inside the new BMW 3 Series Sedan, the noticeable increase in space benefits the rear passengers above all. And the BMW 3 Series range is now also available in a trio of trim and equipment variants ? the Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line. Each presents its own individual take on the character of the sports sedan, with exclusive, high-quality material combinations and unbeatable build quality underlining the premium ambience of the new range.

Drive and chassis technology have always been key areas of expertise for the brand, and agility and driving dynamics remain outstanding attributes of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. The new car belies its larger dimensions with a kerb weight 40 kilograms (88 lb) below that of its predecessor. In addition to the sports performance typical of the brand, the further enhanced levels of comfort on board the new 3 Series make a significant contribution to driving pleasure.

A choice of four refined, economical and muscular engines ? all of which feature new BMW TwinPower Turbo technology ? will be available for the new BMW 3 Series Sedan from launch. In addition to two further optimised diesel powerplants and the already successful six-cylinder petrol unit, customers can also enjoy the talents of the new turbocharged four-cylinder variant in the BMW 328i. This latest-generation petrol engine rewards the driver with a dynamic driving experience coupled with reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

BMW is the first carmaker to offer an eight-speed automatic gearbox in the premium mid-size segment. It can be specified in combination with any of the petrol and diesel engines in the range and links up with the Auto Start-Stop function that comes as standard. Compact and exceptionally efficient, it allows the new BMW 3 Series to match or outperform models fitted with the standard six-speed manual gearbox in terms of both fuel economy and emissions. The new eight-speed automatic brings together shift comfort, dynamic performance and efficiency of the highest order, making it the perfect partner for the new sedan?s dynamic potential.

As components of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology line-up, the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Optimum Shift Indicator and need-based operation of ancillary components (including a disengageable air conditioning compressor) also play their part in reducing fuel consumption. Added to which, the new Driving Experience Control switch not only offers Comfort, Sport and Sport + options, but also ECO PRO mode, which gives all the models in the range the potential to further improve these figures. This switch helps drivers maximise fuel economy through their driving style, thereby enabling them to increase the distance they can travel between visits to the pumps. The same goes for the CO2-minimising BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Edition, whose peak output of 120 kW/163 hp contrasts with average fuel consumption in the EU driving cycle of 4.1 l/100 km (68.9 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. BMW will add further cutting-edge engines to the line-up in 2012, when the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will also celebrate its premiere.

Enhanced superiority, convenience and safety thanks to intelligent connectivity.
BMW ConnectedDrive offers an unmatched combination of driver assistance technology and mobility systems for the new BMW 3 Series range. A new arrival in the premium mid-size segment is the latest-generation full-colour Head-Up Display, which projects key information ? in sharp resolution ? onto the windscreen so it appears directly in the driver?s field of view. Also available is Surround View with Side View and Top View, which gives a bird?s-eye perspective of the vehicle and the area around it. In addition, a parking assistance system helps the driver to manoeuvre into parking spaces. Among the other assistance technology available under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner are Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, the Lane Change Warning System and Lane Departure Warning System with camera-based Collision Warning system, which are offered for the first time in a BMW 3 Series Sedan. Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI) and special apps such as ?BMW Connected? for using social networks are also available. An innovative comfort access function allowing hands-free opening of the boot lid and the additional Active Protection occupant protection system are likewise included on the options list, as is Advanced eCall with automatic position finding from BMW Assist. In the event of an accident, this system gives the emergency services detailed information on the nature of the collision before they arrive at the scene of the accident.













 

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looking at the blueprints of the new model, i reckon it will look fantastic. i was worried they were going to churn out a bigger version of the new 1 series, which is hideous. you can definitely see some elements of the original Efficient Dynamics vision conecpt seeping through, such as the the headlights extending right up to the twin kidney grills.
i like very much.
 

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I saw a couple of the new 1-series', and they are pretty good in RL. Better than the old one. It somehow just doesn't work in pictures.

It's gonna be a smaller 5-series in most details, and that's not a bad thing.
 

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Looking forward to trying it, and to see it in person. Especially the 328i sounds exciting, even though it's only a four-pot.
 

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The BMW 3 Series Sedan with Sport Line.




The new BMW 3 Series Sedan with Sport Line promises unbridled dynamics and sets clear visual accents. Its striking design features in high-gloss black reinforce its sporting appearance.

Eight boldly designed kidney grille slats in high-gloss black produce an especially athletic effect for the front end. Embedded in a chromium-coloured frame, the BMW kidney grille appears even larger. In the front apron, black air inlets with aluminium-coloured horizontal bars emulate the dynamic shape of the headlights and otwardly emphasise the muscular wheel housings.


This is where, depending on the model, 17-inch or 18-inch light-alloy wheels in a double-spoke design create the sporting impression ? while retaining the visual lightness. The 18-inch light-alloy wheels are designed exclusively with a bicolour appearance.
The design of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan with Sport Line conveys athleticism from every perspective. Viewed from the side, wing mirrors and window surrounds optionally available in high-gloss black further emphasise the sporting appearance. Another trim strip in high-gloss black on the lower part of the tail end underlines the visual breadth. The exhaust pipe finishers are designed in black chrome.
On the inside, contrasts between black and red express the typical BMW athleticism: red contrast rings on the round gauges of the instrument panel, including sporting chrono scaling, red contrasting stitching on the sports steering wheel and a basic decorative trim strip in high-gloss black with coral red accentuated strip.
Available as an alternative is the fine-grain brushed aluminium decorative trim strip and matt coral red or high-gloss black accentuated trim. The sports seats fitted as standard are available in two cloth and three leather versions, four different colours and corresponding contrasting stitch colours with a sporting stitch pattern.


As a distinctive feature of the Sport Line, the vehicle key is designed in black with a red decorative strip.


The BMW 3 Series Sedan with Luxury Line.


The new BMW 3 Series Sedan with Luxury Line impresses with its especially classical and elegant design. Discreet and refined design elements made of high-gloss chrome unit exclusivity on the exterior with sporting agility and are characteristic of the individual features of the line.
The BMW kidney grille with eleven chromium-plated slats creates an intricate yet striking impression. Added to this are two slightly offset chromium-plated bars in the air inlets of the front apron, which fit in perfectly with the overall image of the line.

A side view of the special 17-inch or 18-inch light-alloy wheels in the multi-spoke design emphasises the elegance of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan with Luxury Line. The surrounds of the side windows are chrome-plated.

An elegant, high-gloss chromium-plated trim strip runs along the rear apron, adding extra flair to the classical design of the Luxury Line. The exhaust pipe finisher is styled in high-gloss chromium.

A high-quality decorative wooden surface in anthracite with a high-gloss accent trim strip in satin chrome and, alternatively, an elegant root wood surface with artistic inlay sets standards in terms of exclusivity. Three high-quality leather covers with exclusive stitching and one fabric cover in four classically elegant colours with exclusive stitching emphasise the enticing atmosphere of the Luxury Line. This is the only Line to feature a chromium-plated strip surrounding the radio and climate control unit.


The BMW 3 Series Sedan with Modern Line.


Rarely has the future-oriented design of a vehicle line been so visible as in the new BMW 3 Series Sedan with Modern Line. Perfectly harmonising material and surface colours create a sense of timeless modernity and a cultivated atmosphere in the interior. Enjoy a light and enticing feeling of spaciousness.

Eye-catching features in the BMW 3 Series Sedan with Modern Line are the light colouring of the instrument panel and steering wheel. Exclusive leather covers or fabric/leather combinations in oyster or black and, as an option, three decorative surfaces with satin chrome accent trim strips create a world of colours to generate a feeling of well-being ? and an extraordinary range for this class. In particular, the Fineline Pure genuine wood design, styled in open-pored wood with three-dimensional surface structures turns each touch into a haptic experience.

On the exterior, the BMW kidney grille with eleven slats in chrome matt sets especially modern accents in the front section. It harmonises exceptionally well with the satin-finish aluminium design features on the front and rear of the Modern Line and the twin bars in the air inlets styled in the same colour. Light-alloy wheels of 17-inch or 18-inch diameter in Turbine styling reinforce the future-oriented concept of this equipment line.

As a distinctive feature of the Modern Line, the vehicle key is designed in the colour oyster ? with a matt silver decorative strip.


M SPORT PACKAGE.

Athleticism is inbred in the new BMW 3 Series. Those looking for even greater dynamic character will find just what they require in the M Sport package, including many extra equipment items. Discover its benefits ? from the third quarter of 2012 at your BMW Dealer?s.

The M Sport package with its innovative equipment features is based on the athleticism of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan with Sport Line and turns to the BMW M3 for its appearance. One constituent is the M Sport suspension lowered by ten millimetres with stiffer spring and damper settings as well as harder stabilisers.
[FONT=&quot]Its dynamic character is emphasised by the exclusive M Sport body colour of Estoril Blue metallic, a special aerodynamics package with numerous body components, chromium exhaust pipe finishers, modified suspension settings and M Sport light-alloy wheels with a diameter of 18 or 19 inches.
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Front and rear bumpers, sill covers in body colour and a striking diffusor insert in Dark Shadow Metallic on the tail underline the sporting character of the M Sport package, exploiting its visual effect to the full.

On the inside, the M Sport package includes the M leather steering wheel with multifunction including short-shifter gear lever (for manual transmission) in soft leather nappa with M emblem and sports seats. The seat covers are in a characteristic fabric-Alcantara design. In addition, there are three further leather finishes.
The decorative surface is designed in Aluminium Hexagon with blue accent trim strip. The M emblem decorates the entry sill and footrest.
The M Sport package ? made-to-measure ingredients for true sports enthusiasts.














 

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I love that steering wheel and the blue line running across the dash is a bit weird.
Yeah, agreed there.

Interior finish overall seems better than outgoing models and seems to be taking cues frm Audi. Not a bad thing.


edit: I love how this thread actually started in 2007 :lol:
 
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It looks sort of like the front has been melted. I like it overall, better than the one it replaces, but the front looks kind of weird to me. Though it might very well be one of those things that grow on you,
 

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Looks great, especially in the M sport trim. I'm guessing that it will actually even better in person than in pictures, same as with the 5 series. Only thing I don't really like are the dual exhausts on the 335i, they somehow look like a tacked on aftermarket bit.

 

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Back view? Do want.

Profile view? Do want.

Front end view? No longer want.
 
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