Without a doubt one of the most challenging products to redesign in the BMW family, is the high-volume seller and moneymaker 3 Series. The model with the most fans around the world and several times awards winner is due for a refresh in 2013. While the details are sketchy at this stage in the game, several automotive publications are joining the prediction and assumption game.
InsideLine offers an early look at what we might see in 2013, but keep in mind, these assumptions could be misleading. According to IL, the new 2013 3 Series is styled after the F10 5 Series, which debuted last November.
First information that we can attest to is that the new 3 Series will go once again through a wheelbase increase. Second one, the 3 Series will come in five different flavors: sedan, coupe, convertible, touring and Gran Turismo.
Know internally as the Progressive Activity Coupe, the 3 GT has a higher roof when compared to the existing 3 Series Wagon and of course, a longer wheelbase as well. Following the steps of its “bigger brother”, 5 Series Gran Turismo, the 3 GT will be available in a smaller segment and will share some personalization features such as optional bench or individual seating . It will bring a personal approach to luxury and will differentiate itself from the Wagon model.
Although the 3 Series convertible just received a retractable hardtop for its last major redesign in 2007, InsideLine speculates that BMW is now considering reverting to a fabric soft top in place of the heavier steel roof. The new 6 Series will also continue to use a soft top.
Since efficiency seems to be the law within BMW these days, we expect to see a wide range of four-cylinder turbocharged engine, but don’t sweat quite yet, the six-cylinder powerplant will remain in this new model.
To continue down the same path of EfficientDynamics seen in the recent models, all variations of the new 3 Series will have stop-start technology and Valvetronic variable valve timing.
With increasing pressure from Audi, BMW has no room for mistakes and without a doubt, the pressure within the Munich-based company is quite high. We’re fairly confident that Adrian Van Hooydonk and his team of designers will give us one more time the Ultimate Driving Machine, the sport luxury automobile we all got accustomed to.
We wouldn’t want to be in the shoes of the designers that will win the internal design competition, but if the end-result is a success, they will become quite the stars.