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Auto Motor und Sport “tries” to illustrate the next generation 3 Series and the Progressive Active Coupe

Rumors | May 5th, 2009 by 9
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Auto Motor und Sport decided to get a head start and adventured into creating computer generated images of the next generation BMW 3 Series and …

Auto Motor und Sport decided to get a head start and adventured into creating computer generated images of the next generation BMW 3 Series and also, the upcoming Progressive Activity Coupe Concept. While the details about the 2012 3 Series are still sketchy since the final design was recently approved, the Progressive Activity Coupe, or 3 Series GT subject has been discussed by us many times before.

Auto Motor und Sport tries to illustrate the next generation 3 Series and the Progressive Active Coupe

By looking at the next 3 Series renderings, we decided to skip that subject for now, the CGIs are toned down version of the new 7 Series or the upcoming 5, but with the same design lines and curves in a “tighter” body.

Auto Motor und Sport tries to illustrate the next generation 3 Series and the Progressive Active Coupe

So, let’s focus on the Progressive Active Coupe variant. The 3 Series GT or PAC, will appeal as a medium volume car for a lot of BMW’s customer looking for a smaller version of the BMW 5 Series GT.

The 3 GT is based on a long wheelbase 3 Series and it has a higher roof when compared to the existing 3 Series Wagon and of course, a longer wheelbase. We learned a while back that the 3-series crossover will come with rear-wheel drive as standard, but four-wheel drive will be offered as an option.

Auto Motor und Sport tries to illustrate the next generation 3 Series and the Progressive Active Coupe

The 3 Series GT is all about space and convenience, but without sacrificing performance. The rear seats offer generous room, higher sitting position that in the regular 3 Series models and of course, comfort.

Quoting a BMW person, “The 3er GT is about 180 degrees from the 5er GT , although they will share the same bloodline. The 3er GT is a hybrid of a Touring and a Sporting shooting brake design. To understand the design of the 3er GT you have to go back to the original RFK Concept.

With this design many within BMW loved the original intention, but unfortunately BMW had to re-interpret it’s conception to a vehicle that would become today’s 5er Gran Turismo.

The RFK concept has been brought back in terms of proportion and outline, to fit within the 3er’s sporting segment , looking more compact with a shorter roof line.
Inside similar to the 5er GT , the 3 GT will feature a similar lounge experience with the option of four or five seats and a “shelf” like cockpit design.”

Looking at the photo, we do see a bit of the 3 Series GT design ideas in it and it definitely follows the same path as the larger 5 Series GT.

The BMW V3 will be competing with the upcoming 2010 Audi A5 Sportback and it will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the fall.

  • Doug

    Why can’t they just make a hatchback that looks like a sedan? Why does it have to have those not-quite-a-station-wagon proportions? Likewise, why does a sportback have to be a crossover?

    People just want their cars to include this usefulness, and it should not be not exclusively coupled to some niche concept!!!

  • Doug

    PS… this 3 is boring.

  • housejunkie85

    that 3 series looks hot!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=124900584 Alex Vintu

    I like the front – aggressive, reminds of z4; the rear styling though looks too much like the E-class coupe and has a clear hint of a 7er back – needs a fresher look

  • Giom

    I also think this is too tame and predictable. I can only hope that the car BMW is working on will look intrigueingly fresh.

  • Doug

    @Giom: I thought someone at BMW suggested that it was actually a very exciting design, and would be just as controversial as the E90 was. Per one of Horatiu’s posts some months ago, where he also pointed out the necessity of getting the new 3 right because of Audi and Merc competition.

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    Hi,

    Its really great that Auto Motor und Sport decided to get a head start and adventured into creating computer generated images of the next generation BMW 3 Series, I liked this it guys so impressive work.

    Thanks

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