2012 BMW 3 Series – Interesting Rendering

Rumors | February 20th, 2009 by 30
2012 bmw 3 series

I have to hand it out to them, the folks at Teknikensvarld came up with an interesting rendering of the 2012 BMW 3 Series, different …

I have to hand it out to them, the folks at Teknikensvarld came up with an interesting rendering of the 2012 BMW 3 Series, different from what we have seen so far.

The most popular car in the whole BMW line-up is scheduled to receive a new design in 2012. The E90 3 series was launched in 2005, followed by the wagon, coupe and convertible models. Last year, the 3er sedan also received a facelift with the other models following soon.

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BMW has already started to test the next 3 Series platform in the current generation body style, so this tells us that the final design will be chosen very soon.

As we learned from sources close to BMW, we are still a year away from the time the first 2012 3 Series prototypes will hit the road for testing and the final design will be chosen this spring.

Sources have reported Teknikensvarld that the next BMW 3 Series will be based on the CS Concept design language.

If indeed they are correct, then the rendering makes more sense. We will definitely see a larger front-grille and a flat “nose”, needed to comply with the pedestrian regulations.

The “corona-ring” headlights will replace the current style, but still keeping an angular shape, somewhat similar to what the next 5 Series will have. The hood design seen in the newly released 5 Series GT and even the current M3 models, will be without a doubt present in the new design. The two side creases will flow towards the headlights, giving the new 3er an even more aggressive look.

The 2012 BMW 3 Series platform, codename F35, will have a longer wheelbase and a wider track width, as seen in the spy shots.

As far as the technology and engine line-up, we should see a lot of the EfficientDynamics brand all over the 3er, by offering the start-stop technology, KERS and other energy efficient features. A 3er hybrid coming? Teknikensvarld’s sources seem to indicate that, but of course, this will be pure speculation at this point.

What we know for sure and reported before is that BMW will invest heavily into a new telemetrics system, NGTP, that will provide a variety of wireless services, including a faster response to help distressed passengers. Teknikensvarld also reports that the system could be retrofitted into older models.

Obviously, the 3 Series represents the core of BMW’s sales, so they have no other option but getting the design right. So far, they did just fine with their previous 3ers…..

Thanks for the tip Oscar!

30 responses to “2012 BMW 3 Series – Interesting Rendering”

  1. Gragop says:

    Nice – but doesn’t do much for me aesthetically.

  2. L1ndja says:

    Not bad but don’t like the lights..

  3. housejunkie85 says:


  4. Mo says:

    So will this be for the 2013 model year, released in 2012?

  5. Yuppiman says:

    dusgustin… i dont like bmw new filosophy of the flat nose.

  6. Grandmaster says:

    If bmw doesnt do better than that… audi will rule the world

  7. SZ says:

    Looks like a Buick….

  8. B. Riley says:

    YYYYYESSSS!!!! Now even if GM goes kaput, we can STILL own a car that looks just like a BUICK.

  9. Gord says:

    So what’s the point of BMW’s SAV’s when the V series are released ?

  10. bmw fan says:

    That doesn’t even look like a BMW

  11. bsd107 says:

    Wow – it’s a Volvo!

  12. patricksixer says:

    I like most of it…but the C pillar/Hofmeister kink bothers me. It’s too vertical, not aggressive at all. Really clashes with the roofline IMO.

    If that part were more aggressive, I think I’d really like the look of this car.

  13. Horatiu B. says:

    Keep in mind guys that this is just a rendering…..no one says it’s the final design…which btw, it has not been chosen yet.

  14. tony says:

    The girl looks like a 7 sries,..front lights look like a 5 GT the back b y da looks of it it looks like a X6…

    I love Bimmers,….But i truely bleave that Audi has better interior and looks ,….Handlening n safety wise BMW is No.1

  15. Mo says:

    So is this to be released in the actual year 2012 as the model year 2013?

  16. Horatiu B. says:

    @Mo: Most likely 2011 as 2012.

  17. Doug says:

    Pretty nice, I think. Although… the current 3 has a distinctive overall shape which seems missing here. It also seems a little tall with respect to the wheel size and shoulder line.

  18. Elio says:

    I believe they will make this one look good as well as driving good. They’re not going to mess up again and lose more sales to the A4. So scrap that picture.

  19. @Elio: B8 A4 looks way better than this.

  20. Daniel J. says:

    So, test mules sometimes next year?

  21. Artmic says:

    My god, this it is a buick ! lol

  22. Lance says:

    This is an ugly design!

  23. Alex Romania says:

    As it was mentioned earlier, I don’t think BMW can afford to mess this one up…so, I have no doubt the next 3 series will be stunning, look at the current 335i Coupe, add the M Sport to it and that’s my dream car. Can they build something better? Without a doubt

  24. bunker says:

    I would buy…a Volkswagen.

  25. Rad Dockery says:

    It would be interesting to see how different generations of buys react to the renderings BMW blog gets done for them. I’m 35 and I love this. My Sister is 24, and loves it. My Uncle is 57 and hates it. Wonder if there is a trend.

  26. Jay says:

    I know BMW to be servicing youthful market with its 3 series, but this one, juh!! is ugly. This should be for a different target market which I do not think thye’ll buy as they go for much bigger machines. You then do not have buyers for this one.

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