We have been trying to stay away from bad renders lately, but this one has caught our attention and NOT in a positive way. German magazine Auto Zeitung published in their latest print issue a rendering of the future 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan.
A weird design mix between the BMW 5 Series GT and the current 3 Series Sedan, and clearly, way off track. Based on our inside information, the new 3 Series will return to the “slimmer look”, but the proportions of a typical 3 Series remain, squat proportions and short rear overhang.
The overall exterior design is more toned and muscular, bringing some the aggressiveness and design lines seen in the recent models.
The typical BMW glasshouse remains and in the new design, the 3D line above the Hofmeister Kink, as featured on the 7 Series, will be present as well. The rear flanks from the taillights towards the rear door, are left with a subtle line that links to the shape of the lights and the bootlid sculpture.
The front-fascia will receive a wider kidney grille, but slightly smaller than in the new 5 Series and less bold than the 5 GT. While not confirmed, the base design of the new corona rings headlights will remain and according to some sources, under each headlight unit there is a semicircle shape that in the center allows for a V shaped opening where the kidney grille is placed. There are still plenty of rumors floating around mentioning some CS Concept design cues being used in the F30 3er.
The taillights maintain the typical L-shape design that wrap around the corners.
As a normal progression in design and technology, 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 F30 2012 BMW 3 series will make its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2011.