2012 Bmw 3-Series (F30) to be unveiled on October 14

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 11, 2011

Bmw announced today that it will unveil the all-new 3-Series F30 on October 14 at the BMW Plant in Munich. For those interested, the unveiling will be broadcasted by livestream on Facebook via the link facebook.com/BMWGroup?sk=app_251023654929514 from 4.00 pm. Although there are no details regarding the new model, we expect to see a completely new car with an updated interior as well as a new range of engines.

The all-new 3-Series F30 will carry a 1.6-liter engine delivering 136 hp, while the 320i powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine will deliver 184 hp. The 328i, which will be powered by a 3.0-liter gasoline engine will deliver 245 hp, while the most powerful model, the 335i, is expected to deliver 306 hp.

As expected, the new 3-Series will offer plenty of diesel engines, such as the 1.6-diesel delivering 115 hp but also a four-cylinder found on the 323d (which replaces the current 325d).

A hybrid version of the 3-Series F30 is also expected. Regarding the design, the all-new Bmw 3-Series F30 is expected to be inspired by the current 5-Series. The world debut of the car will be made in November, at the 2011 LA Auto Show while Europe will see it in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Known as one of the first models in the compact sports sedan class, the BMW 3-Series Sedan over time became the symbol of the brand’s sporting ability, dynamism, and aesthetic look. Considered as the best-selling premium car in the world, the sixth-generation of the 3-Series Sedan has those elegant and dynamic lines which serve to highlight the sporting qualities of this mid-size model. Compared to the previous generation, the new BMW 3-Series has larger dimensions but it continues to offer that perfect mix between elegance and sportiness.

However like the generation of models before it, its dynamic proportions are a result of the long wheelbase, short overhang in the front, set-back greenhouse, and sweeping bonnet. All of these are qualities expected from a BMW model. On the front, the kidney grille’s squat openings are closely spaced and because of its attractive surrounds, they dominate the design of this model’s front end.

That the bonnet has a heavily curved finish is due to the precise lines. This is why the front end has a lower-strung look which ensures that the new 3-Series Sedan gets that obvious sporting edge especially when look at on the front.

Since it has a wider track, with the front now 37 mm wider and the back having an additional 47 mm, plus the outline’s wedge shape, the 3-Series Sedan’s sporting look is further highlighted. Its surfaces on the front end are multi-faceted and by highlighting the model’s width, result in it having a sportier appearance than ever. As mentioned earlier, the kidney grille, with the way it has been slanted a bit forward and its squat and wide interpretation, allows it to put focus on the stance of this new offering from BMW.

Rather than a single central air intake, the new 3-Series Sedan instead utilizes two intakes, both of which are larger than the previous version. Since they have been placed just below the headlights and on its outer edges, it gives the sporty styling of this model that additional depth.

On the far ends of its main ducts are the vertical intakes which add to its Air Curtain appearance. This was not placed solely for aesthetic purposes as it has a functional one which is to enhance the air flow on its front wheels. This in turn improves the aerodynamic efficiency and can even help to lower fuel consumption when at high speeds.

The twin headlights at the front have corona rings, though this is only possible if xenon headlights are placed. Just above these are accent lights that use LED and placed to look like eyebrows and thus provide that intensity to the focused look that is typical of a standard BMW. Since it is now possible to extend the headlights to the kidney grille’s frame, it allows the grille and the headlights for form one stylistic unit and therefore put that extra emphasis on the broad-set stance of this model.

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