After we have seen recently the first spy photos of next 2012 BMW 3 Series F30 and somewhat having a general idea of the overall size of the new 3er, the fellows at Bimmerpost return with a spy video of a 3 Series mule undergoing winter testing.
Even though the video doesn’t reveal much, expected at this testing stage, in the past we learned that the proportions of a typical 3 Series, evident since the E36 through to the E46 and currently the E90, will remain, meaning squat proportions, short rear overhang and wheels placed to each corner. The overall look is more slimmer and more toned than the E90.
It is being rumored that the typical BMW glasshouse remains in the new design, the Hofmeister Kink as featured on the 7er and X1, will also be present on the car, this time wrapping around the rear door quarterlight and forming a surface line not cut into the body to form the shoulder line of the car. The flanks from the rear light towards the rear-doors are left with a subtle line which links to the shape of the rear lights and the bootlid sculpture.
As somewhat expected, the front of the car receives a widened but not too large kidney grille, smaller than the F10 5er with shapely lighting units surround the grille.
The rear of the car offers a typical BMW layout with the classic L-shaped taillights that wrap around the rear of the car.
BMW will also enable the next 3er to feature the very latest in Efficient Dynamics technologies such as aerodynamically designed wheels , BMW active aerodynamics, solar roof panel for extra energy efficiency in the use of interior controls, brake energy regeneration , stop-start technology , pre-heating technology for the engine, gearbox and differential.
As we advanced into 2010 and later in the year, test mules will continue to be seen and we’re hoping to learn more about BMW’s top selling series.