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Spied again: 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan

Spy Photos | June 10th, 2011 by 26
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The next generation 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan has been spied once again. With just a few months before its official debut, BMW is intensifying …

The next generation 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan has been spied once again. With just a few months before its official debut, BMW is intensifying the testing sessions and several prototypes are being tested around the world, including the famous Death Valley in California.

The latest test mule spotted by spy photographers sports the usual psychedelic camouflage that still covers some of the fine design details. Spied in a black paint, the F30 3 Series Sedan identifies itself an evolution of the current E90 bodystyle with design accents from the new 5 Series. BMW insiders describe the new F30 3 Series as a scaled down 5 Series, but with unique lines that will make it distinctive within the BMW family.

First seen on the new 1 Series, the signal indicators have also been placed on the side mirrors. The car also showcases corona rings with full LED treatment which are different from the current generation E90 due to a new design and a “squared” look. The headlights and the kidney grille will not follow the design lines seen on the recently unveiled 2012 BMW 1 Series, a controversial model among BMW fans.

At the back, the 2012 BMW 3 Series brings out a masculine design with a subtle trunk lid and the L-shaped taillights.

The interior design has been reworked as well. The standalone LCD screen seen first on the new 6 Series and now the F20 1er, made its way into premium midsize sedan. The dashboard, controls and gauges with Black Panel technology are derived from the more luxurious 5 Series Sedan and Gran Turismo.

For the U.S. market, BMW will offer the usual six-cylinder turbocharged engines, but a new four-cylinder banger is expected to come in the future as well. A diesel version of the 3 Series sedan will also be included in the U.S. offerings.

Customer wanting to take delivery of the F30 3 Series will have to wait until Spring 2012.

[Source: Carscoop ]

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  • Choman

    So we are going back to the “same sausage-different length” era of BMW designs? That seems to be the case at least for the core range of 3,5 and 7 series. While some of Bangle’s designs can be hard to take, I don’t know if going back to the “sausage” era is the right idea for the F30. The F10 looks fine, but I would have had hoped the F30 can have some little unique designs to stand out.

    Then again, after looking at the out-of-proportion F20 headlights, maybe playing it safe with the conservative “sausage” design might not be such a bad idea, sigh… 

    • Laszlo

      as long as the car looks like an F10 I’m oke with it. Just no more bungle design. No more of that flame surfacing BS.

      The new 1 series might be still a bungle production, looks odd enough to be his brainchild.

      • Cooler

        Hey, I like flame surfacing! It’s not the flame surfacing that is the problem, its the odd proportion, angles and weird headlights that was the problem!

        • StraightSix

          Those headlights on E60 are the best! On of the best BMW designs ever, the E60.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

             sure if you are blind. Id say the trunk lid and headlights were the most hideous elements of that grotesk car.

      • viper

         I belive this car will look like smaller 5er sorry smaller 7er , infact uglier and smaller 5er , want more? , you will have three same looking cars 90% in different length .

        Chris Bangle  was a genius , he brought freshness , something new and inovative , just look at the cars like e65 , e60 e63 , those cars still look nice , fresh and powerful. his design lives on and on and this new bullshit direction that bmw is going will get you buying an audi for sure.
        no one wants driving ugly cars.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Whasians Daniel Vu Nguyen Hoang

          Wasn’t the BMWs before the 90s very similar to each other. What about the E38 and E39?
          Audi (A4,A6,A8 from the early 2000s) and Mercedes ( most of the lineup from 80s, 90s, and part of 2000s) have been through this “Same sausage, Different length” design as well.
          So whats the big deal? As long it drives and handles well and is comfortable, its a good car…

        • alex

          ..and a while ago all you did was bash the designs of him

        • Gpman

          same as audi

  • Chris2312

    Is it me, or are there no LEDs in the brake lights?

    Are you joking, BMW?  Even Toyota Camrys have LED lighting in the back now.

  • Chris2312

    Is it me, or are there no LEDs in the brake lights?

    Are you joking, BMW?  Even Toyota Camrys have LED lighting in the back now.

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

      Those are LEDs I believe (based on te presence of LEDs in the 1er), but as you can see there are camos covered both the tail lights so you might not be able to see the details.

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  • Joe

    Single exhaust outlet? Not even a dual? C’mon, nothing “masculine” about that!

    • Thawke

      It’s the type of Engine though …. They are probably running a 318, or 320 petrol which would have a single exhaust, so i am not worried about that

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

      As Thawke said, that’s probably a 318i or 320i. A 328i and 330i should have 2 exhaust tips like the current one wile the 335i have dual like the current 335i…

  • Manchester Man

    I am sick of people moaning about the “same sausage-different length” thing. The new 7 looks stunning, the new 6 looks stunning, the new 5 looks stunning and tey all share their indivudal charateristics, I can tell a 7 series to a 5 series from a mile away and you would be able to if you were a BMW fan.

    Give it a chance, let them unveil the official F30 and then if it is a disaster fill your boots and moan all you like but until then give it  a break!

    • isnabilla

      That’s right. If you are a fan and have a good eye for design, you’ll see the differences. Those who use this same-sausage-different-lengths bull remind me of my neighbour. She saw my then new E60 from a distance and said that “your new Camry looks good in black”. To her, all sedans look the same.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

         no, she was being nice. she said camry. the e60 did not look as good as the camry. it looked worse then a camry. any camry.

    • JumpingKangeroo

      I am sick of people attacking other people for saying “same sausage-different thing” has always been the best design and cannot be questioned or altered. If BMW was still stuck with the boxy exterior designs of the 80’s while the competition moved on, do you think BMW will still sell and prosper?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

        there are stuff in between the boxy cars of the 80’s and the bungled cars of the not so distant past.
        bungle can design a nice pig-sty and it will look good, but he hasn’t got the slightest clue to design a stylish car.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

        there are stuff in between the boxy cars of the 80’s and the bungled cars of the not so distant past.
        bungle can design a nice pig-sty and it will look good, but he hasn’t got the slightest clue to design a stylish car.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3ASNRFCARMQ3F3CLTRDXSZOHUQ Chris

    testing

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