While BMW’s future production plans may change over the course of next year, we were just informed that as of now, the next generation BMW 3 Series Sedan will begin its production cycle in November 2011.
So what does the November date represent? Well, for starters, test mules will most likely enter the pre-final evaluation phase sometimes at the beginning of next year, therefore the prototypes will start to feature the tape camouflage rather than the ones where fake body parts are attached to them.
Second, same sources indicate that the car will be unveiled in November as well, but this time, the official premiere is rumored to take place before an auto show. According to our sources, the new F30 3 Series is one of the official vehicles for 2012 Olympic Games in London, and the UK city will be the same one to host its unveiling in November 2011.
The public premiere is set for Geneva in March 2012 and sales begin shortly after.
Initially, the North American market is scheduled to receive the 328i and 335i variants, but even though not confirmed at the moment, we expect others models to follow in the same year and in 2012.
Design wise, 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.
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 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.
As a final note, we are keeping this at a rumor level until confirmed by multiple sources, but we will update you as we learn more.[Rendering by Jon Sibal for LeftLaneNews ]