Motor Trend has some new details on the upcoming 2012 BMW 3 Series. While we consider these simple rumors at the moment, we wanted to take the time to bring them forward. According to the popular magazine, the F30 3 Series is expected to feature a wider track, as well as a longer wheelbase. The F30 platform is said to be shared with the next generation 1 Series which will appear in late 2011.
The report says the new 3er will be 2″ longer than the current model and looks-wise, it will come closer to the new 5 Series. The exterior design is expected to feature softer lines, with shorter overhangs allowing for more interior space.The hood centerline is slightly raised, a design gimmick that allows for improved pedestrian protection.
The rumormill continues to churn when it comes to the new platform’s suspension. Motor Trend believes the platform is effectively an update of the existing hardware, with a five-link rear end, most of which is forged aluminum, and aluminum-intensive double-joint struts up front. Because the platform incorporates new electronics networks, the car will come with optional adaptive dampers as well as the active front steering currently offered.
The powerplant offerings are in line with what our previous reports. A series of new four-cylinder turbo engines that will replace some of the current six-cylinders. As expected, a high-end six-cylinder 3.0 liter engine will continue to sit at the top of the line-up with an output of 320 horsepower, as seen in the upcoming BMW 640i. The eight-speed ZF transmission will continue to be offered due to its fuel efficiency rating.
In Europe, the base gasoline engine will be the Mini Cooper S’ 1.6 turbo, tuned up to about 150 horsepower.
Geneva Motor Show in 2012 will most likely host the launch of the new F30 3 Series.