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Renderings: 2012 BMW 3 Series F30

Rumors | July 1st, 2010 by 13
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LeftLaneNews and Jon Sibal published new renderings of the next generation BMW 3 Series. Due out in 2012, the new 3 Series, dubbed F30, is …

LeftLaneNews and Jon Sibal published new renderings of the next generation BMW 3 Series. Due out in 2012, the new 3 Series, dubbed F30, is shaping up to be one of the most technological advanced BMWs ever built by the Munich-based automaker.

Design wise, the new F30 3 Series Sedan will return to the “slimmer look”, but the proportions of a typical 3 Series remain, with 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.

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.

Renderings: 2012 BMW 3 Series F30

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.

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.

Renderings: 2012 BMW 3 Series F30

The taillights maintain the typical L-shape design that wrap around the corners.

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.

[Source: LeftLaneNews ]

  • David

    This looks like a classic case of copy-paste 5-series. This is way to easy. Too bad.

  • Bryce

    The rear does seem too much like the 5-series, but I think the front looks like a good rendering of how I expect the production 3-series to look. Even if it does look like the 5-series, the 5-series is a beautiful car!

    • David

      true!!!

  • T.

    This is the closest rendering of the new F30 3er that has been produced.
    The upcoming X3 will make some design aspects clearer as the X3 like the Z4 passes on a sharper contrast compared to the 5er and 7er to the new 3er.

    The shape is of a typical BMW sedan allbeit in the case of the F30 an evolutionary transition instead of revolutionary from the E90.
    The rear differs from both the 5er and 7er by having more sharper wrap around lights and upright L-Shape light clusters, The sharpers lines are to indicate movement which is why the car is more raked forward if it is in motion.

    It enhances on the multi-award winning formula which defines a 3er .

  • viper

    one of the worst fantasies lately

  • ferrarifan

    “BMW is getting back to basics with clean uncluttered shape”

    +1 on this, much better than bangled ones.. looking good. i hope they retain the current size. cant stand it to be larger once again

  • http://ebrake.blogpsot.com Andrew Murphy

    I don’t feel as though this will be an accurate reflection of the F30 – it’s way too much of the F10 and probably isn’t what the F30 will be.

  • Hari

    Good design but no-so-good proportions. The rear has too much overhang. Actual F30 is said to have less front and rear overhangs than the current model.

  • http://www.motorrad-versicherungsvergleich.com BMW Biker

    Hi !!

    @Hari …Correct..On the back it is to much overhang. but on the whole he does not look bad I think.

    Regarts from Hamburg Germany

  • http://www.bmwhaberleri.com Kerem Menteş

    If it has someting similar with current z4, it will be the best 3 series design ever made…

  • http://BMWBlog Lesiba

    Agree this is a copy and paste of the 5series,i dont think we need another copy so please re shape the back lights, also retain the current size, and please please have the Automatic boot opening Merc is doing well on that side, keep the cup holder’s af the front please.

  • Pule

    i agree with you david, it looks like 5 series. where is innovation, we something completely different in succesfull 3 series model.

  • Pule

    i agree with you david, it looks like 5 series. where is innovation, we need something completely different in succesfull 3 series model.

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