Renderings: 2012 F30 BMW 3 Series

Featured Posts, Rumors | April 11th, 2010 by 37
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Time doesn’t stop in the BMW world, not that it ever does, and several different models are being developed, designed and tested in parallel. The …

Time doesn’t stop in the BMW world, not that it ever does, and several different models are being developed, designed and tested in parallel. The most important vehicle in the BMW lineup is without a doubt the 3 Series; a high-volume seller that represents the core of company’s sales year after year.

Due to launch in 2012, the next generation F30 3er Sedan has already been spotted in the past. Along with the new photos, a series of computer generated images are starting to pop up. One of the first magazines to take a stab at the next 3 Series is the German publication Auto Motor und Sport. In their latest edition, the German magazine gives us a rough, estimate look of what the F30 might look like.

As always, please take these renderings with a grain of salt since most of them are based on spy photos and some inside information.

Renderings: 2012 F30 BMW 3 Series

So, what’s new in the F30 3 Series? First, the sedan will feature shorter overhangs, but at the same time, a longer wheelbase, at least 1.5″ longer than the current generation. Second, the F30 will sport a “pushing nose”, somewhat similar to the E89 Z4 front-end. The hood design will also most likely mimic one found in the Z4 and the new 5 Series, with more aggressive, but still fluent design lines.

With a longer wheelbase, BMW F30 also provides more legroom, both front and rear judging from the door cutline.

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.

Renderings: 2012 F30 BMW 3 Series

Expect to see some new four and six cylinder engines, both petrol and diesel, and even a hybrid version. There were als rumors in the past that an all-electric 3er would be available at some point as well.

For the first time, the BMW 3 Series family takes on another “son”, a 3 Series Gran Turismo built on the same principle as the 5 GT.

The car will debut in 2012 and if we were to listen to the rumormill, the new F30 3 Series is more of a revolutionary car rather than a simple evolution.

  • okeribok

    Oh god I hope they don’t make the GT the same thing-but smaller- than the 5 GT. I hope it will be different, like a shooting brake: 3 door touring with coupe lines.
    Actually, I wish they bring back the compact, with the different nose. I own one and it’s glorious. And no, the 3 compact is *not* replaced by the 1 series. The 1 series is for people who don’t care about RWD.
    Anyway, this rendering looks gentelmanly.

    • Franck

      What do you mean with “The 1 series is for people who don’t care about RWD.”

      All bmw’s are RWD, (or AWD) also the 1 series. Making FWD cars would fuck their name up.

  • Tom

    honestly.. it looks pretty awesome. i love the new look of bmw.

  • Giom

    Oh glorious! May this be the one! A little sketchy from the side, but the front is beautifull, so is the back!

  • etuoyo

    This looks like the new 5 series to me. But then again the new 5 series looks like the new 7 series. Went to a BMW dealer yesterday and saw the 5 series for the 1st time. I hated it in all the pictures I have seen but so so loved it in the flesh that I have decided I have to get it. But apart from the front grils of the 7 series looking like a monster it was hard to distinguish the 5 from it. Even their sizes seem very very close. The average person would not be able to tell them apart. I hope we don’t come to the point where the only external difference between the 3, 5 and 7 is size.

    • Franck

      I agree, it’s becoming like ordering a milkshake @ mac donalds.
      “How big do you want it”

      Small (1 series)
      Average (3 Series)
      Big (5 Series)

  • plaxico

    looks like 5series…….so its gonna be more copy paste than evolution or revolution
    what in a world is going on with bmw,copy paste copy paste copy paste 3,5,6,7
    oh for crying out loud get that Bangle back

  • http://asf.com asdf

    looks like a hyundai sedan

    • Lucaszi

      What do you guys drive? That is a BMW. One thing guys…. It is a BMW, the third most preferred brand in the world. 1st is Google then Apple 2nd Place.

      This BMW is Cool!!!

  • L1ndja

    It wont be anything like the 5er.It will be revolutionary it may take some elements from the 5er and Z4 but nothing more.It will be something new and newer models will take elements from it.So it will be no way that similar to the 5er.I am sure that the hood wont be the same aswell and so on..

    • plaxico

      a-ha yeah ,right

  • viper

    looks like something we know already

  • ken

    like mini-5

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Riemann

    Looks bad nothing special about it.

  • Mike

    My initial impression is that it’s a smaller version of the F10.

  • Billy

    “As always, please take these renderings with a grain of salt since most of them are based on spy photos and some inside information.”
    NO, its not based on spy photos. Its based on those fake renderings that you guys posted last week. I can guarantee you that it will look nothing like this- none of the design follows the new bmw design language and it definitely does not look like something worthy enough of replacing the current 3 series.

  • xEKx

    damhh….It would be 5ser

  • Bryce

    I love this rendering! I’m shocked at how many people don’t like it. If the new 3 series looks anything like this, then I will definitely be getting one.

    • etuoyo

      I do love it. I hate the current 3 series but love this. Only problem is it looks exactly like the 5 which in turn looks exactly like the 7 series.

      • Bryce

        I understand the concern with this looking like the 5. However, I think this rendering probably used a photo of a 5 series and then added some potential 3 series elements. I love the headlights and the front, but the rest of the car does look a lot like the 5. I happen to love the new 5 series so it doesn’t really bother me that much. This is a car I will buy if it is made, but some of the other renderings I’ve seen would definitely drive me to look at Audi or Mercedes.

  • Axel Tallone

    awesome front, but not the rear…
    I think that the definitive look will not like these renderings.

  • Doug

    This looks like the same as the previous 3 series rendering, with the angry grimace expression on it’s face.

    Bryce probably is correct about it being based on a 5. The thing that caught my attention was the exaggerated, downward-sweeping shoulder-line crease from the e90, but it doesn’t quite work here. The previous crease carves a concavity under it, which worked for the e90 but that’s not how the sides of this one are designed. In this new series of cars (5, 7) the creases are straight and the curves run straight across like stripes, not a curved intersection of surfaces. If they want to do this, it either has to be straight (could be tapered), but definitely no downward curve.

  • CoCo

    Looks neat, but I doubt the next 3 series will turn out like that. The sedan traditionally have more sedate designs while the more aggressive designs are reserved for the coupe and the M3. The headlights seem a bit too narrow and angled upwards. I’m not saying it’s a bad looking design, just that it’s not likely to happen.

  • X7

    hell yeah!!!!!!!

  • Brett_McS

    Generally great, but maybe they want to have a rethink about the scoop. Looks like a bit like its false teeth are missing.

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  • Ansel

    I whish BMW wore G 35 skin

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Andrew

    It looks good overall but this rendering probably bears too much ressemblence to the F10. I hope that it ressembles more the CS Concept -based renderings we saw in the last week or so.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163817321 X5SoB

    OMG, you guys are demented. IT’S A RENDERING! The 3 may or may not look like this, but, to pass judgement on this is just silly.

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  • Franck

    Lol, it’s to big!! Some people don’t like big cars.. Look at it, it’s bigger than the 7 series year 2000!!, what do we get 2 generations up? lorries?? trucks??

  • Franck

    I hope they launche the BMW Grand Coupe as the next 3-serie, but then a bit smaller.

  • DIETER

    I think it looks like crap. Absolute and horrific shit.

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