While in Barcelona for the new BMW 3 Series launch, our own Shawn Molnar snapped some exclusive shots of the new F30 sedan.
Along with the three lines, Sport, Modern and Luxury, BMW also showcased the 3 Series with the aggressive and extremely sporty looking M Sport Package. The package includes 18-inch light-alloy wheels (19-inch as an option), M Sport suspension and BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline trim give the car that typical M look.
To show the heritage of the 3 Series family, BMW also displayed all the previous generation 3er, including our all-time favorite, the E46.
The “future” was present also, in the shape of first hybrid 3 Series, ActiveHybrid 3 which launches in early 2013. 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).
In the US, the base price of the 2012 328i Sedan is $34,900 and the 335i Sedan is $42,400.
This represents a $300 and $350 base price increases versus the outgoing model. The 3 Series now includes standards features such as 6.5” display with iDrive controller, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod interface, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, Automatic Start/Stop, Dynamic Driving Control with ECO PRO Mode, Brake Energy Regeneration, and a 1” standard wheel size increase.
The Modern Line (ZML) and Luxury Line (ZLL) will sell for an additional $2,100 for the 328i and $1,400 for the 335i model. The Sport Line (ZSL) will make you spend $2,500 for the 328i and $1,700 for 335i.
Both models will launch in North America in February 2012.