Spy Shots: 2012 F30 BMW 3 Series spied again

Spy Photos | April 1st, 2011 by 9
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Next generation F30 BMW 3 Series has been spied once again, but this time, the test mule makes an interesting appearance in Holland. Due to …

Next generation F30 BMW 3 Series has been spied once again, but this time, the test mule makes an interesting appearance in Holland.

Due to be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the next generation 2012 BMW 3 Series will feature square-shaped angel eyes lights. Back in 2009, the Vision Concept was the first BMW to sport the new headlights design, followed shortly by the Gran Coupe and late last year, the 6 Series Coupe Concept.

The 2012 BMW 3 Series will be the first car entering production with the new Angel Eyes and most likely other models will follow.

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Our own Hugo Becker shared with us some his thoughts on the new F30 3 Series. “What BMWBLOG expects the new F30 2012 BMW 3 Series to be is based on what we can discern from press releases, our understanding of BMW’s ‘platform matrix’, and the continuing march forward of EfficientDynamics. As we previously wrote, the latest X3 is a good place to look for insights into the new 3er”, said Becker in recent editorial.

We learned in the past that the new 3 Series returns with a “slimmer look”, dynamic lines with squat proportions and short rear overhangs. The typical proportions of a 3 Series remain, but the exterior design is more toned and muscular, bringing some the aggressiveness and design lines seen in the recent models, including the F10 5 Series. An expected move seen across the new BMW design language.

BMW is getting back to basics with clean uncluttered shapes, plus lower and wider kidney grille openings. The sedan model has a longer wheelbase, at least 1.5″ longer than the current generation. The F30 will sport a “pushing nose”, somewhat similar to the E89 Z4 front-end.

Next generation 3-series engine options will include a full range of turbo and naturally aspirated 6-cylinder motors, 4-cylinder motors, and possibly even a new 3-cylinder motor.

The all-star BMW M3 will continue to sport the aggressive and super sporty bodystyle we have seen in the past. The new M3 will also feature a twin-turbo six-cylinder engine producing somewhere around 450 horsepower.

Official unveiling will take place later this summer, followed by a public debut in Frankfurt.

[Photos courtesy of Laurens ]

9 responses to “Spy Shots: 2012 F30 BMW 3 Series spied again”

  1. Jazar says:

    How big is that car? This is like a E39 if not E60 already.

  2. wazon8 says:

    Good to see that they will stay with N/A inline6.

  3. SoCal says:

    don’t you mean 2013? if the car is unvelied in sept of this year, there is no way its going to start selling until well into 2012…

  4. Azlan Mahmud says:

    the side mirrors look like it came from a Merc c-class

  5. Nnnn says:

    Hmm… Gran Coupe-style corona rings. They supposedly imply that the irises are partly obscured by “eyelids”, but they’re faking it with the truncated edges and it’s obvious and looks too square.

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