The next generation BMW 3 Series is due out in 2012, but the highest-seller model in the BMW line-up, is already creating buzz in the BMW community.
The new F30 3 Series is rumored to be slightly growing in size, both in length and width. Based on the latest spy photos, Mii, a member of GermanCarZone and E90post, has put together a comparison of the last two generation 3 Series, E46 and E90, and the upcoming new platform F30.
Let’s have a look at the following illustrations and at the details outlined by Mii.
“There were mixed opinions on latest F30 spy shot in terms of size, style and proportion due to cladding and camouflage tapes. As curious as any BMW enthusiast, I traced through the spy shot and wanted to analyze the next 3er’s profile and proportion compare to E46 and E90. To my surprise, F30 profile and proportion looked quite sleek and balanced from the initial phase of spy shot. Based on the recently announced F10 5-Series, we may infer some of the design language that might be incorporated in the upcoming F30.
Some observations based on the trace:
1. Shorter overhangs (Shorter than previous generation 3er)
2. Longer wheelbase (Estimate 1.5”+ longer than previous generation 3er)
3. Hofmeister Kink followed by near straight rear door cutline which nicely curved around rear wheel well
4. Forward pushing nose similar to E89 Z4 front end
5. Similar hood profile as E89 Z4
6. Minimal downward slope on rear quarter panel following the C-pillar
With longer wheelbase, F30 looks longer than previous generation 3er. It also provides more legroom both front and rear judging from the door cutline. Although there are still missing details such as body panel creases, headlight and taillight shape from this phase of spy shot, the overall profile and proportion looked rather impressive. I’d expect F30 profile and proportion to surpass our expection.
Side profile trace from the spy shot and comparison between F30, E90 and E46:
[Source: E90post and GCZ ]