Spy Photos: 2012 F30 BMW 3 Series starting to reveal its design

Spy Photos | May 3rd, 2011 by 15
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The new 2012 BMW 3 Series enters a new stage in its testing process. The prototypes spotted yesterday in Munich reveals new design details of …

The new 2012 BMW 3 Series enters a new stage in its testing process. The prototypes spotted yesterday in Munich reveals new design details of the F30 3 Series Sedan.

Visually the F30 is clearly recognizable as a BMW 3 Series, but we believe its looks resemble the new 5 Series, at a smaller scale. The 2012 3 Series Sedan will feature full LED lights, including the “squared” angel lights.

To maintain its unique appearance, we believe the overall shape of the lights will turn out to be middle ground between the design of the current E90 LCI and the design language of the F10 5 Series. The L-shape form will remain a BMW design core element in the taillights.

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Like the BMW 1 Series F20, the new 3 Series sports LED turn signal indicators placed in the side mirrors. The kidneys have been redesigned giving them a more flat look than the 5 Series and a more dynamic appearance when compared to the current generation 3 Series.

After dropping the fake body parts, we can now the double character lines that flow across the side to give the car a more dynamic and road-focused look.

Same sausage, different length? Some may say this is the case with the new BMW models, and the new design language has been somewhat standardized and featured across the lineup, but there are still plenty of fine details hiding underneath the psychedelic camouflage that we believe will set the F30 apart from its bigger brother. With an evolutionary design, a common trait in the BMW design cycle, the new 2012 3 Series will appeal to an even broader audience and will have a positive effect on sales.

Technically, the 3 Series shares many components with the new BMW X3 and the upcoming 1 Series F20 and F25. Some of the options featured on the higher models, Head Up Display, Rear view camera, lane departure warning, parking assist and lane change assistance, will now be part of the 3 Series offerings.

Under the hood, the new 3 Series will use four and six-cylinder powerplants. Both are making use of the twin-scroll turbocharged technology, with the top six-cylinder model delivering around 350 horsepower.

With the exception of the base engines, all models will come equipped with the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission that offers not only great performance, but also a lower fuel consumption.

The 2012 BMW 3 Series will make its world debut late this year, and the public unveiling will take place at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

[Photo: Brenda Priddy ]

15 responses to “Spy Photos: 2012 F30 BMW 3 Series starting to reveal its design”

  1. Tom Cardone says:

    lookin’ goooood!

  2. La Ma says:

    and again its bigger then the previous model which was already too big. I think this F30 model will be as big as the 1st 7 series, inside at least. Why ? If I need a huge car I can still buy a 7 ? I think the E46 was the perfect 3 series size. Soon we will need -1 -3 series if we want a small BMW rear wheel drive.
    Heck I can already say that the new 1 series will be bigger then the E36 !!! The E36 was almost right, just a tad too small in the back. The E46 nailed it.

  3. viper says:

    cant see anything

    • Giom says:

      Check out some more pics at autoblog. They show a white one and a black one. The detail on the black one very clear. Check it out…

  4. Giom says:

    There’s some new lines on this Beemer. A brand new crease running from just below the window sill all the way into the top of the fender. This forms a beautifull strong line over the front wheels…

    Tho it might resemble the current 3 series, after all, this is the evolutionary design, it does bring fresh elements to the language.

  5. LexusLUV says:

    BMW better do their homework. The current 3er is so outdated and has looked like a Hyundai from day one. And those 335i’s are so horrible. One lap on the track and the turbo overheats or the fuel pump fails. What an epic failure. Needless to say if you want a classy and reliable sports sedan you only have two choices in this class: the class leading Infiniti G and the Lexus IS. Everything else is just junk because it’s European (crap design, crap electrics, crap interior quality and so forth). Hell even Acura makes a cooler product than BMW.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow, the current 3-series is already too big in my opinion-that’s why I drive a 1-series. I can’t imagine this thing being even bigger.

  7. Too big. That thing is massive.

    • Unclenuff says:


      I agree with you and La Ma…. I am an avid BMW lover and have the cash to buy whatever they put out, but come on BMW, get it right. The E46 and the E36 set the benchmark. The current E90 has never got my blood boiling like the older E46 did. I am looking at either Acura or Audi to satisfy my cravings.

      I don’t want a big 3 series and the true Bimmer drivers don’t either. It appears that the boys from Bavaria are more focused on volume with the current designs. The sales are up as of the recent reports last week but over time they will become just another car manufacturer. They will lose the nostalgia and aura that the Bimmers from the past have delivered on.

      I am so upset and confused at what BMW is doing. It is like divorce for me which is difficult. I am really thinking , for the first time in my life of leaving BMW for another performance sedan. This new F30 probably has all of the gadgets any monkey would love but I would the aggressive stance and short overhangs with the german stiffness that has made these cars revered. I guess nothing lasts forever.
      Help me out guys….


      • Giom says:

        I don’t think you’re as big a fan as you thought. Firstly, no one knows anything about the acual size of the F30 – you’re judging it from spy fotos. You’re making assumtions based on assumtions. Secondly, it will be bigger, they always are, but only by a small margin. Third, you wanna go from BMW to Audi!!?? No fan would ever do that! I’m not even mentioning Acura – both of wich are rebadged cheaper cars. BMW is thoroubred – they’re not rebadged minis. Fourth, don’t know about Acura, but each and every new A4 is also getting bigger – they all are, so what’s your point again? Fifth, you’re displaying a good case of two year old tantrum, not every BMW is build for you – there are others too…

  8. Too big. That thing is massive.

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