The next generation BMW 3 Series is due out in 2012, but BMW has already begun its road test process. Built on the F30 platform, the new 3 Series is shaping up to be one of the most technological advanced BMWs ever built by the Munich-based automaker.
BMW is getting back to basics with clean uncluttered shapes, plus lower and wider kidney grille openings. The sedan model will feature shorter overhangs, but at the same time, a longer wheelbase, at least 1.5″ longer than the current generation. 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. The 3 Series has its wheels pushed all the way out to the corners, which gives the car a great stance and muscular good looks.
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.
The expected range of powerplants includes 6-cylinder engines, complemented by a new range of 4-cylinder engines and possibly even a 3-cylinder variant for Europe.
For the first time, the BMW 3 Series family will include a Gran Turismo model, the 3 Series GT, a new addition following the steps of the 5 Series GT.
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