With two years before its official unveiling, the next generation 2012 BMW 3 Series has been spotted during the regular field tests. Sporting the usual psychadelic camouflage and plenty of plastic fake body parts, the new 3er spy photos give us a glance at what to expect inside.
Still slightly camouflaged, the interior reveals a different approach for the interior design. While the driver-oriented dashboard remains, the 1-Series-like air-vents are featured in this prototype. In our quest to find out more about this interior design, BMW insiders revealed that this could be a 3 Series test mule using as decoy a 1 Series interior.
Unfortunately, everyone’s lips are sealed on this one and there is too much room left for speculations.
What we can certainly confirm about the new 3 Series is that a wide range of engines will satisfy buyers with different wallet sizes. First, BMW will introduce new four-cylinder petrol and diesel turbos to stronger diesels. Second, BMW’s award winning six-cylinder turbocharged engines will continue to be featured in the 2012 3 Series. The super sporty M3 will also sport a turbocharged powerplant, but details around it remain sketchy at the moment.
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 car is rumored to make its debut next fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show.