BMW is not wasting any time and with two years before its official unveiling, the next generation 2012 3 Series Touring has been spotted for the first time.
The new BMW 3 SeriesTouring is built under the name F31 and is expected to be unveiling in the Spring of 2012, shortly after the Geneva Motor Show where the new 3 Series Sedan will make its world debut.
Unfortunately at the moment the details are sketchy, but one of the rumor that stands out as of now is that the new 3er Touring will not be offered in North America, sharing a similar faith as the recently retired 5 Series Sports Wagon.
The next BMW 3 Series models will pay special attention to efficiency, as part of the EfficientDynamics program. Low drag aerodynamics, smaller engines, and high-tech electronics will combine to make the next 3 Series a step above the current car.
One of the new and highly advanced EfficientDynamics technologies to make its way into the next 3 Series will be the “air curtain”. Using a special series of ducts and vents, the system directs air in a manner such that it slips neatly over the wheels, which are normally an area of high turbulence, and therefore energy-sapping drag.
The new 3 Series, along with the next year’s redesigned 1 Series, could bring the addition of three-cylinder engines. The first thought that comes to our mind is that the North American market will be skipped, but with the tighter emission rules going in effect in 2016, we don’t rule out the possibility of seeing one of these powerplants in the U.S.
As we advanced further into the testing cycle, we expect to learn more information about the F31 Touring, along with the F30 3er Sedan model.[Source: Autocar ]