Breaking: First spy photos of next generation BMW 3 Series

Spy Photos | November 4th, 2009 by 4
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The current E90 BMW 3-Series has been on the market since 2005 and following BMW’s history of launching a redesign every 7 years, the next …

The current E90 BMW 3-Series has been on the market since 2005 and following BMW’s history of launching a redesign every 7 years, the next generation 3 Series is due out in 2012.

While many of the details are still sketchy, we’re pleased to see the first spy photos of the F30 bodystyle. The test mule features the now famous BMW camouflage, along with plenty of plastic panels that cover the actual design lines. What the photos reveal is similar proportions to the current model and a slightly longer wheelbase.

Sources close to BMW mention that the proportions of a typical 3 Series will remain, meaning squat proportions, short rear overhang and wheels placed to each corner.

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The front of the car receives a widened but not too large kidney grille , smaller than the F10 5er with shapely lighting units surround the grille. design sculpture under the lighting units is less prominent than featured on the Z4 under each headlight unit there is a semi circle shape which in the center allows for a V shaped opening where the kidney grille is placed.

The rear of the car offers a typical BMW layout with the classic L shape lighting units the larger part of the L shaped lights that sits on the corner and wraps around the rear of the car dips at the lower edge this allows for the rear bumper scoop that signifies the tailgate is flush design wise with the dip form of the rear lighting units.

The 3-series is part of a new BMW strategy in which ‘premium’ is defined in terms of environmental compatibility. The 2012 BMW 3 Series is expected to offer impressive aerodynamics.

Like the next 1 Series , the new 3er will take advantage of the new modular platform, again this allows BMW to spin off extra models, make savings in costs and enable production to very efficient.

BMW will also enable the next 3er to feature the very latest in Efficient Dynamics technologies – like the 1er there will be an active hybrid model using a range extended 3 cylinder engine connected to an electric motor as well as lightweight resistance tires , aerodynamically designed alloy wheels , BMW active aerodynamics , solar roof panel for extra energy efficiency in the use of interior controls , Brake energy regeneration , stop start technology , pre-heating technology for the engine, gearbox and differential.”

Many of the technology powering the new 3 Series, such as the climate control system or telematics, will be completely re-engineered.

The car will make its debut in 2011 with sales commencing in 2012.

[Source: SpeedLux ]