I couldn't agree with you more, I can definitely see a regression back to more traditional forms of BMW styling. It definitely looks much more like a BMW than the E90. Still, I still thinks it looks just a touch to pudgy, the lines needs to be tightened and more aggressive.I actually like the low front end. I think that will be a classic design in a few years time, it makes the car look muscular and very distinctively BMW.
I was actually hoping for this. I think the 5-series rear is one of it's best features and I'm happy to see it again on the new 3-series.I really like it. At first the front end put me off, but after scrolling through all the photos, it grew on me that fast. The only thing I don't really like is how identical the rear end looks with the new 5-series.
Oh wait...The BMW 3 Series Sedan with Sport Line.
The BMW 3 Series Sedan with Luxury Line.
Now I'm confused.The BMW 3 Series Sedan with Modern Line.
I think cost considerations is the obvious reason...for all the points you said. i was thinking the same thing. But I'm not a BMW bean counter, so I don't know how the comparitive costs break down. Stamping out a flat sheet is probably a lot cheaper than an integrated bonnet/kidney grill unit.I doubt BMW would think this way but I'd say it's for economical reasons. like if you smashed the chrome kidney surrounds now you probably won't have to replace the entire hood/bonnet. Although usually it's the cheaper cars that are built with easy repairs in mind.
Damn you edkwon, now I can't stop seeing it either!
Trust me, I didn't notice either until someone else posted that photo on another forum, and now it just bugs me. I suspect all the BMW promo literature photos have been digitally touched up, or photographed at the proper angle to take attention away from the bonnet gap. But the problem is the photo from the motor show is how human eyes will actually see it.Didn't really notice it until edkwon pointed it out...
As in: "Mate, remember how you got totally pissed and vomited all over that fit gal on Dave's birthday? That was claaassic!"I actually like the low front end. I think that will be a classic design in a few years time, it makes the car look muscular and very distinctively BMW.