Renderings or Real Deal? – 2012 BMW 3 Series

Featured Posts, Rumors | April 22nd, 2010 by 30
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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 …

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.

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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.

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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.

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[Photo Souce: AutoWeek ]

30 responses to “Renderings or Real Deal? – 2012 BMW 3 Series”

  1. n8n says:

    Rendering ;))

  2. XC says:

    Dull rendering

  3. jonsibal says:

    The reflections on the windshield is a straight giveaway that this is a CGI/rendering. It shows reflections of buildings but there are no buildings in the background setting.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      :) We analyzed them too and clearly CGIs, plus, way too early for such photos to appear.

    • CalebC says:

      I’m not suggesting that they are real, but if you’re rendering an image why would you put the reflection of a building that was not there in the windshield? Presumably when generating a render, you have control over everything right?

      • FreudeKing says:

        Possibly the real thing, just a different background, quite nice looking. Finally we have some stylish rear lights that’s sleek. The front lights are too bug-eyed for my liking!

  4. Giom says:

    The car looks great – for a computer re-hash. I like the CS bits on this size car though. Wish it could have been…

  5. BMfan says:

    Not too bad in my IMO.

  6. CalebC says:

    I have an unrelated question: Has their been any explanation for the move from “E” to “F” in platform names?

  7. badger says:


  8. klier says:

    The question in the thread title is a bit redundant :)

  9. brassneck says:

    Very poor shops, very poor indeed, never heard of autoweek

  10. brassneck says:

    ahh, Auto Express, well known for crap scoops and made up spy shots.

  11. plaxico says:

    could be it …looks boring tho.Mercs rendering c class looks like space shuttle compare to this

  12. Please i hope it looks nothin like that. Those lights are disgusting.. They need to follow the 3 coupe series/ X6 style headlights and new 5 series back headlights.

    (Arnie accent)

    Come on BMW! You can do it!

    Everyone get to the CHOPPER!!!…GO NOW!!!

  13. KOUKI507 says:

    100% rendering. I hope the real model won’t have those headlights and taillights. They aren’t so BMish in my opinion.

  14. lennardt says:

    i dont like the front and i hope it is a rendering

  15. Aneeth says:

    The back looks like a Kia and is just not BMW classy… Plus the front lamps… The CS hint looks good only with the longer versions… In the 3, they look like a LOTR character with fish like protruding eyes… No style… Serene yet racy is the required theme…

  16. X5SoB says:

    An obvious rendering, and not a very good one, at that. Just look at the right exhaust surround, as well as the building reflections. Probably good that this is just a render, as this is butt ugly.

  17. Artmic says:

    the front looks so ugly they would be insane to sell something like this.

  18. n8n says:

    Back’s awesome, but the front’s ugly.

  19. bmw m3 says:

    why did they even put this her

  20. LeeAuto says:

    Oh No!!

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