2012 BMW 3 Series rendered again

Rumors | August 20th, 2010 by 18

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 …

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.

2012 BMW 3 Series rendered again

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.

[Source: Autobild | Scan: E90post ]

  • efoza

    If this is a good impression it is a good use of the 5 GT design lines again by BMW to help with increase in sales of the coming 3 series.

  • Jag

    good looking front end, i wonder how the rear would be :-/

  • plaxico

    probably a misprint, cos this is clearly f10. Thats ok, these things happened.))

  • 1Mc

    That really is a good looking and muscular front end. I see they’ve thrown in some fairy lights, sorry, daylight driving leds. Wonder if BMW will go down that road with the 3er.

  • X5SoB

    OMG, you guys are demented. IT’S A RENDERING! The 3 may or may not look like this, but, to pass judgement on this is just silly.

    • Otto

      Silly huh?
      What’s then about comparing the Gran Coupe with a CLS rendering?
      BTW, 17 comments and no one noticed that the the new 3 series is the F30 and not the F20.

  • wazon8

    Nice looking car!

  • Bryce

    If they’re going to render the next-gen 3 series they might as well do the next-gen M3 while they’re at it! I want to see how this looks with a huge front air dam, splitters, a carbon-fibre roof, and the side ‘M’ detail.

    • 1Mc

      Yeah I’d like to see some M3 renderings about now too ^^

  • AceMcLoud

    No LEDs, please ;-)

  • Tom

    this honestly looks pretty good. not feeling the headlights i dont think. the lower fascia’s pretty awesome, i would love to see that.

    im loving the new BMW family lineup. the future looks good :)

  • Giom

    The new three should look distinctly not like a 5 series, and it woun’t. Still, nice image…

  • paul

    i just hope its xciting and different from the current 5er. The current 3 ser is pretty but dull and the other day was just leaving the supermarket and the new 5 passed right in front of me followed but the current 3… they r too similar

  • Peter Louies

    I hope they not adopt the led lights from Audi and other brands. I don’t want to drive a car that looks like a “Christmas tree” on the road. Keep the corona rights – that’s pure design and branding.

  • Benjam

    Why not take the 5 series, shrink its dimensions and tweak the design a bit?

  • Stacy

    I don’t like the seam on the hood. Can’t they blend it at the grill like they do on the 1 series?

    • 1Mc

      Now that you pointed it out, I can’t stop looking at it. One of those things I guess!

  • viper

    if only any bmw looked like that.
    never gonna be tho