Rumor: Next generation BMW 3 Series Sedan production begins in November 2011

Rumors | September 22nd, 2010 by 13

While BMW’s future production plans may change over the course of next year, we were just informed that as of now, the next generation BMW …

While BMW’s future production plans may change over the course of next year, we were just informed that as of now, the next generation BMW 3 Series Sedan will begin its production cycle in November 2011.

So what does the November date represent? Well, for starters, test mules will most likely enter the pre-final evaluation phase sometimes at the beginning of next year, therefore the prototypes will start to feature the tape camouflage rather than the ones where fake body parts are attached to them.

Second, same sources indicate that the car will be unveiled in November as well, but this time, the official premiere is rumored to take place before an auto show. According to our sources, the new F30 3 Series is one of the official vehicles for 2012 Olympic Games in London, and the UK city will be the same one to host its unveiling in November 2011.

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The public premiere is set for Geneva in March 2012 and sales begin shortly after.

Initially, the North American market is scheduled to receive the 328i and 335i variants, but even though not confirmed at the moment, we expect others models to follow in the same year and in 2012.

Design wise, BMW will return to the “slimmer look”, with squat proportions and short rear overhang. The overall dimensions of the car remain similar and the exterior design is more toned and muscular, bringing some the aggressiveness and design lines seen in the recent models.

BMW is getting back to basics with clean uncluttered shapes, plus lower and wider kidney grille openings.

Our sources mention that the hood design will also most likely mimic the one found in the Z4 and the new 5 Series, with more aggressive, but still fluent design lines.

The 3 Series has its wheels pushed all the way out to the corners, which gives the car a great stance and muscular good looks.

The expected range of powerplants includes 6-cylinder engines, complemented by a new range of 4-cylinder engines and possibly even a 3-cylinder variant for Europe.

As a final note, we are keeping this at a rumor level until confirmed by multiple sources, but we will update you as we learn more.

[Rendering by Jon Sibal for LeftLaneNews ]

13 responses to “Rumor: Next generation BMW 3 Series Sedan production begins in November 2011”

  1. X5SoB says:

    Sausages of different sizes…

    • Daniel Hoang says:

      Not the first time anyone did it.

    • Laszlo says:

      this statement is as stupid as stupid does.
      its not same and not a sausage. leave this cliche out it was old when we heard it 1st time and definitely boring now.

      The new cars are parting slightly with the bangleism and that’s a blessing.
      BMW were the most horrible looking cars (in and out) under bungle and they are finally coming out of the dark ages.
      It will take a few generation to completely get rid of the horrible bangled up designs but the new cars on a good track both interior and exterior.

      Look at the development since that idiot left the company… the interior designs are excellent and exteriors are again classic elegant lines. No more concave and convex lines with 3hours of explanation why is it actually good looking.
      its a blessing that they actually trying to make the brand look similar.
      No more dumb 7 and dumber 5 … when they both actually looked horrible.

      • Billy says:

        agreed. when a car company has a good design, they should let it be their identity. Audi has already done it, and Mercedes is in the process of making their cars similar to the c-class.

      • StraightSix says:

        Why are people always attacking Chris Bangle, what he actually did was great, beacuse every BMW was diffrent from one another, and now they will be like Audi’s are, when one is driving towards you, you can’t actually tell which one is it. And the current generation (E63) which everyone are blasting how ugly it is, it was actully designed by their current chief of design, Adrian van Hoydoonk.

        • wazon8 says:

          Good question. People behave as if Bungle designed only those controversial cars such as previous 7-er. But he did a lot of great work: e92, e93 and e90 M3 are all his projects, X6 is also made by him, same goes for wonderful new X5, e60 is another his great and still fresh car (at least its exterior desing, especially side line), he even had something in common in an iconic e46. He was really fruitful designer and I bet that in few years his cars become icons.

        • ed says:

          Excellent comment! Style is subjective but it’s great to be a pioneer like Chris Bangle did and I love how every series like StraightSix said is different. Now 5 looks like a small 7 and 3 would probably look like a small 5. That’s not called design. That’s called making 1 design and stretch/shrink to different sizes.

      • BIMMER1 says:

        I couldn’t disagree more. Bangle’s designs sold more than any previous one to come before it and at least they all had their own identities. Everyone has their opinion, but even the faithful e39 owners came around on the e60 5 series eventually. Now they all look like the front end is a cartoon character drawing of a catfish. Adrian van Hoydoonk was Bangle’s understudy and right hand man, so you’d expect him to make more of the same. He watched Chris take a beating for almost every model that came out, regardless of their successes. He should have leaned from that. Instead I think he’s gutless and unwilling to take a risk. That’s why everything he’s working on these days turns out to look like a Japanese car instead of something cut from a block of German steel. It’s safe, it’s easy, it’s cheaper, and it sucks. Lose the chrome, lose the jap style exhaust tips, lose the huge ugly chrome side markers, etc. It doesn’t belong on a german car.

  2. Billy says:

    The more I look at the new 6 series the more irrelevant I find this rendering

  3. Woo Hoo says:

    I have a 3er (lci), I just can’t see buying another one, The next logical step is up. Not an update of the current car I already own.

  4. mkM3 says:

    I would not be surprised at all if the November 2011 production date is correct. Sounds about right to me. The London premier in 2011 and Geneva 2012 official debut have been mentioned by SCOTT before, so those too are probably good solid bets.

    I would, however, be surprised if we get a 328i. The reason is that I think the naturally aspirated six will not make it to the F3x, and I believe that with its departure will come the end of the 328i moniker. My current prediction is that we’ll see a new 330i with the brand new 250hp turbocharged 4 cylinder, which we should have details of very soon. Along that same line, I think that the 300hp N55 will get upgraded to more power – probably around 330hp (similar to the what the current higher output N54 offerings are making). As such, I could easily see the model name change to 340i.

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