A new spy video of the 2012 BMW 3 Series shows up on Youtube. The video contains both exterior and interior footage of the new F30 3 Series Sedan. According to the spy photographers, the test mule in question is a diesel, with a Start/Stop system and is limited to 210 kph (130 mph) for test purposes.
The day this video was shot, BMW also tested the 3 Series while pulling a trailer (see the beginning of the video).
Like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Citroën and SsangYong were testing their newest cars in the Sierra Nevada (Spain) that day. This video also contains a test version of the Aston Martin DBS (evolution rather than revolution?) and two uncamouflaged Citroëns DS5.
The new 2013 BMW 3 Series will continue down the same path and BMW plans to offer two or three different lines, one of them, Sport, catering to customers looking for enhanced sportiness in their new vehicle.
As expected, the new F30 3 Series follows the design lines of its bigger brother, the F10 5 Series. The F30 3 Series could be considered a scaled down 5 Series, but with unique lines that will make it distinctive within the BMW family.
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.
For the first time on a 3 Series, the new F30 will feature signal indicators placed on the side mirrors, a design cue driven by recent European car safety regulations.
From the side, the new 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan is said to feature a double shoulder line that starts above the front wheel arch and extends to the rear. Despite the complicated and demanding pedestrian safety regulations, BMW managed to keep the car’s nose sitting low, offering a more dynamic look, somewhat similar to the 5 Series sedan.
At the back, the 2012 BMW 3 Series brings out a masculine design with a subtle trunk lid and the L-shaped taillights.
In just a few weeks, BMW will fully unveil the next generation 3 Series.