The new F20 BMW 3 Series is scheduled to launch in 2012 and with years before its unveiling, automotive magazines have begun to build the enthusiasm around BMW’s top seller vehicle.
With the new F30 3 Series Sedan, BMW will return to the “slimmer look”, with squat proportions and short rear overhang. The overall dimensions of the car remain similar and the 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.
While not illustrated in the rendering below, our sources mention that the hood design will also most likely mimic the 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.
The taillights maintain the typical L-shape design that wrap around the corners.
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.