The 2012 BMW 3 Series was spotted at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. The prototype belongs to the Modern Line and features a black metallic paint. The three lines also include Sport and Luxury, with the M Sport models following shortly.
At launch time, BMW will offer a variety of power units, from four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, to the more powerful six-cylinder turbocharged engines. In Europe, BMW will once again offer the ultra-efficient and environmental-friendly 320d EfficientDynamics.
The F30 3 Series Sedan was penned by
Christian Christopher Weil, the very same designer responsible for the 5 Series GT. The interior design was created by Christian Bauer who also designed the current generation 6 Series coupe and convertible.
The styling of the 2012 BMW 3 Series is considered to be an evolution of the previous model. The styling follows the design language seen in the new 5 Series, with concave and convex shapes providing a sporty stance and image. The flanks of the car are shaped by an eye-catching double character line running alongside each other.
At the front, the headlights have been completely redesigned. For the first time, the lights end directly in the kidney grill, providing a 3D look. The kidney grill also inherits the 3D aspect as seen on the new 6 Series.
The rear lights continue the BMW L-shaped design positioned at the outer edges of the rear – accentuating the broad face of the wheels and wide track of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan.
Inside, the new BMW 3 Series combines luxury with sportiness and different combinations of interior trim can be seen across the three lines: Sport, Luxury and Modern. The driver-focused orientation of the cockpit is emphasized in the F30 3 Series, with the right side of the dash angled towards the driver by seven degrees.
In the US, the 328i and 335i models will launch on February 11, 2012 and pricing will be announced near the Detroit Auto Show in January.