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2012 BMW 3 Series to be offered in 4 variants

3-Series | November 22nd, 2011 by 14
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Back in October, BMW unveiled the latest generation 3 Series. The high-volume seller 3 Series will go on sale in 2012, starting with the sedan …

Back in October, BMW unveiled the latest generation 3 Series. The high-volume seller 3 Series will go on sale in 2012, starting with the sedan variant.

The F30 3 Series Sedan will be offered with three “design lines”: Modern, Luxury and Sport. The “standard” 328i model will command $35,775, an increase of just $300 over the outgoing model, while the high-end 335i will sell for $43,275, or $350 more than the previous generation.

Even though not officially confirmed, Car and Driver magazine says the Luxury and Modern 328i models will be priced around $38,000, while the Sport line will take out of your pocket $38,400. For the true enthusiasts BMW will offer an aggressive M Sport package that will set you back $40,000 for the 328i and $47,500 for the 335i.

The same magazine goes even further and says the 3 Series Wagon will make a comeback to the United States in 2013.

Another variant offered within the 3 Series family is a Gran Turismo model. The 3 Series GT is said to feature some design cues as seen on the bigger 5GT, a hatch (simplified this time) and a raised ride height. The 3 Series GT will offer similar attributes and design ideas as the bigger GT, but with a more attractive and sleeker lines. The model will come to market in 2014. We believe that BMW will refrain from offering both the Gran Turismo and Sports Wagon at the same time in the US.

Last but not least, BMW ActiveHybrid 3. The rumormill churns out that the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will use a 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbocharged TwinPower engine aided by an electrical engine to deliver an additional 40 kW (about 53 horsepower). No other details are known at the moment, but we expect a similar hybrid technology as seen in the BMW ActiveHybrid 5. The electric motor in the latter model develops 40 kW/55 hp and is supplied with energy by a high-performance lithium-ion battery integrated into the luggage area.

The ActiveHybrid 3 can travel up to 2.5 miles on all-electric power, with an all-electric top speed of 37mph while under load. The hybrid 3 can coast at speeds up to 100 mph while in electric mode. The EPA has yet to test the ActiveHybrid 3 but the car averaged 36.7 mpg on the European cycle, representing a 12.5 percent improvement over “equally powerful conventionally driven BMW sports sedans.”

BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will launch in the fall of 2012.

 

 

 

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  • Guest

    That GT is a tough one on the eye, but good to hear that the touring may still be available.

    • Snogger

      Those rims in the render are quite possibly the worst things I’ve ever seen.  I do like the clown shoe form though, reminds me of the late M coupe.  Bringing the touring back is excellent news, makes me not regret jumping on the e90, now let’s get that 2L diesel with a 6 speed over here!

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm.  Why would the M package add 5k to the price? 

  • Robert Cena

    BMW is a leading automotive company, . BMW M is a nice car, it has good excellent and safety features.This car has adjustable seat that can give safety and comfort for car driver. After reading information about BMW M. I  started wondering how come they added 5K to the price. well, it is good to see BMW launching 3 series car in 4 different variant. I am eagerly waiting for this car to come in market.

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  • Alex Phillippe

    This car grows on me more and more every time I look at it, especially the M Sport model. I’m pretty sure the M3 will be a bit out of my reasonable price range (considering insurance as part of the price) so it looks like this is what will be available when I’m able to purchase a new vehicle. Definitely going with the 35i model  as tuners are slowly releasing tunes and upgrades for the N55 as time goes on. I believe it should actually have more potential than the N54 seeing as one of the major advantages of a twin scroll turbo is that it allows you to separate the exhaust manifold in such a way that the cylinders whose exhaust pulses would otherwise interfere with each other do not, which significantly helps with scavenging, so more extreme valve overlap can be ran. Apparently the issue lies with Valvetronic, which I can’t really comment on because I don’t know the specifics of that system.

    Either way I’m very excited.

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  • Ac

    What about the convertible, when can it be expected?

    AC

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    It’s hard to believe that BMW would drop the smooth six cylinder in favor of a cheaper, raspy four banger, yet charge the consumer more. Turbocharged engines require more maintenance too, expensive maintenance when you’re talking BMW. 

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  • Robert cena

    BMW is a leading automotive company, BMW has name  and fame in national market as well as international market. BMW M is a nice car, it has good excellent and safety features.This car has adjustable seat that can give safety and comfort for car driver. After reading information about BMW M. I  started wondering how come they added 5K to the price and also it is good  to see BMW is to be offered in 4  different Variants . WOw! it is a good news that 2012 BMW 3 Series to be offered in 4 variants.Actually it is the first time that BMW GT is offering cars in 4 different
    Variants in 2012 , the reason is that they still have tough time .If
    anyone who drives this car will have good experience of driving this
    car.  I am eagerly waiting for this car to come in market. Semi Dump Trucks

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