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BMW 3 Series Sedan Production end in October 2011

3-Series | May 26th, 2011 by 21
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BMW announced today that production for the BMW 3 Series Sedan ends in October 2011. The only 3er diesel available in the U.S., the 335d, …

BMW announced today that production for the BMW 3 Series Sedan ends in October 2011. The only 3er diesel available in the U.S., the 335d, will also production in August.

BMW is preparing for the launch of the new F30 3 Series Sedan which goes on sale in Spring 2012. The new 3 Series is built on a new modular platform and design wise, it returns to the “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 3 Series Sedan Production end in October 2011BMW 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.

BMW will live under the umbrella of EfficientDynamics, and technologies like aerodynamically designed wheels, solar roof panel for extra energy efficiency in the use of interior controls, brake energy regeneration , stop-start technology, and pre-heating technology for the engine, gearbox and differential, will be incorporated into the new model.

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.

BMW 3 Series Sedan Production end in October 2011

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.

  • Postie

    I’m intrigued….where did BMW make this announcement? There is nothing about it on there Press site.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      It’s official. The info was released to BMW dealerships.

  • car drvr

    That is very unfortunate that they’re ending the production so soon… My current lease expires next year and by the looks of it the only options I will have (if I want to stay with 3-series) will be to either buy out the current lease (which I don’t want to since car was in an accident with some significant damage) or to get whatever leftovers the dealers will have on their lots… I definitely don’t want to get the F30 in its first couple of years of production (considering BMW is still trying to resolve electric throttle/steering response issues with software patches in new 5-series).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=51500531 Andrew Murphy

      4 year/50,000 mile warranty would cover you for a new lease of the F30 plus any problems that arose from a first year production model. The E90 was fairly problem free for its first production year.

  • Manchester Man

    Hello to the F30!! Hope it looks nice and slick like the Audi A4 but even if it doesnt it will still be the king i.e. either way the 3 series will continue to be the UDM! I hope the price on the used e90s will drop significantly due to the f30. if thats the case il have my first 335i rather soon :D

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  • Choman

    Interesting timing…so is BMW saying the F30 will be available sooner then
    expected? Say fall 2011 instead of Spring 2012? Or is this merely preparing the
    plants to change over to F30 production (i.e. reprogramming the robots, etc),
    which will take some time.

     

    About the E90, wow I can’t believe I have to write it’s obituary
    already. Sometimes I can’t believe it’s been on the market for so long, it seems
    almost yesterday that the E90 was first unveiled. And now it’s production is
    coming to an end? Man, how time flies! I know it’s fashionable to bash Bangle,
    but for the E9x at least, I think the design is well executed. Heck, I’ll go out
    on a limb and say the E9x is actually quite handsome from certain angles. The
    headlights in particular looks good from the sides, particularly with the coupe,
    that I really liked. It’s no wonder the F10 5 series has a resemblance to the
    E9x. So when all the dust is settle, I would think many would remember that the
    E9x was the best of the Bangle-era designs.
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1842858183 Ahmad Haziq

    Feels like I just got to know the E90. So quick it’s been 6 years already. You’re a great car E90, and the F30 could be better still… Rest in peace =)

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  • Brett

    I love ther E90, and hopefully the F30 can live up to it’s predessor. 

  • Anonymous

    After owning two e90s I’m delighted they’re doing away with a model that I never connected with even on ED.  It just felt so staid and bland (yes even with the 300 HP twin turbo).  Hopefully the F30 will be lighter and more engaging than the current gen.  

    If it gets heavier then…damn…I dunno as I sure love RWD but the e90 just couldn’t light my fire.

    • Watercooler

      Actually brkf, I find your view so staid and bland. Such a typical Bangle-basher. No original thought whatsoever. I’ve driven a E90 325i, a 330i and 335i, and I find them great handling and performing cars. Certainly a cut above any A4, C class or Lexus IS I have driven. It’s not another cookie-cutter BMW design but has it’s own original take on the 3 series, and for that, I applaud BMW for the E90 design.

      • tallpete

        brkf, I am right with you. The lease for my 4th BMW is almost up, and it looks like I will be getting another E90 because the F30 will not be available in time ;-(. My second E90 has been a maintenance headache although the first car, one of the very first E90′s had not one single problem with it – I went to the dealer twice during the lease and that was it. The E39 was the best car I have ever driven, ever (and I have driven a LOT of cars)- the new five series is a grandmother car compared to the E39, my E46 was fairly close to the E39,  but a lighter, sprightlier car than the E39, but one that required more attention to your driving, and when I got my first E90, it took me months to get over feeling like you were driving a bathtub around and although on paper I think the new 330 was faster than the old 330, it certainly didn’t feel it, likewise it sticks to the road and makes great numbers at the track, it just doesn’t excite driving passion the way the older BMW’s did – now I am more likely to get a plane ticket instead of drive cross country, where with the E39 I WANTED to drive to Baltimore from Boston and not fly. Let’s hope the new F30 returns to the passion of the earlier E’s

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