French magazine Automobile breaks the automotive news headlines this morning with a series of photos allegedly portraying the next generation 3 Series. While there are no other facts to backup their claim, we will classify these photos as simple rumors at the moment and we’ll report based on their initial assumptions.
The next generation F30 3 Series is rumored to be a revolutionary design, an AvantGarde design approach aiming to maintain BMW’s lead in the 3 Series segment.
The car illustrated in these computer generated images feature tapered headlights, a large intake and an overall front fascia that reminds us of the much loved CS Concept. It has an unique personality and it is not a smaller 5 Series. The same CGIs show us a design combination of sportiness and luxury.
One thing confirmed in our previous reports is that the new F30 3 Series has a longer wheelbase (1.5 inches longer) and wider track, following the same ascending path we have seen in the past years in BMW design.
Using a new press hardening facility and making use of lighter materials, the 2012 BMW 3 Series is said to maintain the same weight as in the E9x line-up.
Along with the traditional models (sedan, coupe and convertible), the 3 Series will welcome a new addition to the family: 3 Series GT. Details are still sketchy on the 3 GT, but it is expected to follow the same design approach as the bigger 5 Series GT, an inside out design and a new level of luxury.
Rendering: BMW 3 Series GT
Same French Automobile Magazine speculates that the new 2012 3 Series Convertible will regain its soft top, a statement that we’re taking it with a big grain of salt.
As a normal progression in design and technology, BMW will also enable the next 3 Series 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.
Many of the technology powering the new 3 Series, such as the climate control system or telematics, will be completely re-engineered.
Expect to see some new four and six cylinder engines, both petrol and diesel, and even a hybrid version.[Source: Automobile-Magazine.fr ]