2012 Bmw 3-Series Sedan Long-Wheelbase (LWB) gets official

Article by Christian A., on April 5, 2012

Besides the I8 Concept Spyder, Bmw will also bring at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show the new 2012 3-Series LWB. Built especially for the Chinese customers, the new Bmw 3-Series Sedan features a longer wheelbase (+110 mm), in order to increase knee and leg space in the rear.

Just like the standard 3-Series sedan, the new 3-Series LWB is available in three versions: Modern Line, Luxury Line and Sport Line – you can read here everything about these versions. Regarding the engines, the new 3-Series LWB will be available with two engines: a 3.0-liter inline six cylinder for the 335Li and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder found on the 328Li and 320Li.

The 3.0-liter engine found on the 335Li delivers 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque, between 1200 and 5000 rpm. This model can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and has an average fuel consumption of 8.3-liter per 100 km (in the EU test cycle), while CO2 emissions are 192 grams per km.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found on the 328Li delivers 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque between 1250 and 4800 rpm. The 328Li can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds and has a fuel consumption of 7.2 liters per 100 km/h, while CO2 emissions are 167 grams per km.

The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found on the 320Li delivers 184 hp and 270 Nm of torque between 1250 and 4500 rpm. The 320Li is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds and has a fuel consumption of 6.9 liters per 100 km, while CO2 emissions are 160 grams per km. The 2012 3-Series LWB is fitted as standard with the eight speed automatic transmission. Just like the standard version, the 3-Series LWB offers four driving modes: Comfort, Sport, Sport + and Eco Pro.

When talking about premium automobiles, the 3-Series from BMW remains to be one of the most highly sold worldwide. Inspired by the sixth-generation of this range, the new 3-Series sedan has a longer wheelbase. However, this version was developed specifically for the automobile market in China. As such, it displays a reinterpretation of the design language giving it that added luxury and elegance. Proportions that have long defined BMW, in addition to the long wheelbase, can be seen in this new 3-Series sedan.

Its passenger compartment is more set-back and it has a long engine compartment and short overhangs. Compared to the current 3-Series sedan, the new version is longer by 110 mm at 4,734 mm. Height and width were increased as well with the former now at 1,455 mm while the latter measures 1,811. The wheelbase, which measures 2,920 mm, was also increased by 110 mm. In terms of design, the front end exudes more presence and is able to express propulsive power. Still at the front, the curves on the lid of the engine compartment result in a V-shape and goes to the kidney grille. The headlamps’ contours also extend to the kidney grille as well.

With these two combined, it results in a horizontal graphic unit that helps highlight how wide the model is. The twin circular headlamps, a BMW signature, are present on the front as well. Their upper region has the partially closing trim panels, giving it a look of concentration. Depending on what the actual model is, there will be chrome elements placed below the headlamps as well as the transition to the vehicle’s kidney grille. This helps highlight even more the high quality look of the front.

The front section also has an air inlet that has inserts in the unique moulded surfaces and that is divided into three different sections. Since it gives this new version a more noticeable design in the front, it becomes easy to differentiate this new model from those that have the standard wheelbase. There are also independent curves that have been aligned to give it the appearance of being a model from higher segments. On the outer limits of the side inlets are the air curtains. These are vertical openings which ensure that the air flow to the wheel arches is optimized.

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