In what is meant to be a controversial article, UK magazine AutoWeek publishes some photos of what they state to be the next generation F30 BMW 3 Series. While we have our own doubts that these indeed are the actual images of the new 3er, it’s our duty to still report the story and based on their previous track record, we are inclined to believe that the images below are simply computer generated images based on insider info and first spy photos.
The next generation BMW 3 Series is due out in 2012 and it is built on a new F30 platform used in the new X3 as well. The new 3 Series is shaping up to be one of the most technological advanced BMWs ever built by the Munich-based automaker.
Based on our own sources, 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.
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 new F30 3 Series will maintain the award winning 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, but the rumor is that a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder unit will be available in petrol and diesel form, most likely derived from the setup seen in the Vision EfficientDynamics Concept.
Boosted by turbochargers, both will produce around 150 horsepower and thanks to their compact size, will offer real advantages in terms of packaging and weight distribution.
The diesel is set to return 75mpg and emit less than 100g/km of CO2, for example.
To improve efficiency, the six-cylinder engines will be matted to the new eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2012 BMW 3 Series will be unveiled in late 2011.
Read more: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/250915/next_gen_bmw_3_series_uncovered.html#ixzz0lrC7t09W[Photo Souce: AutoWeek ]