Despite the rumors and other reports it appears that Bmw will bring the next 3-Series Wagon to the United States. This means that all the 3-Series lineup – sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon – will make its way in the United States. Still, don’t expect it to see it within an year as the wagon will arrive in Europe in late 2012 while the coupe and convertible will arrive in late 2013 as a 2014 model. What is more interesting is that the new F30 3-Series will also offer diesel engines in the United States.
As you may know already, the 2012 Bmw 3-Series Sedan was unveiled last Friday and promises to offer new engines as well as new options. The 2012 3-Series Sedan will offer two gasoline engines which will be found on three models.
The 320i and 328i will use the same 2.0-liter gasoline engine delivering 184 hp (320i) and 245 hp (328i), while the 335i will get the 3.0-liter six-in-line engine delivering 225 kW/306 hp and maximum torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at just 1,200 rpm.
318d and 320d will use the same 2.0-liter diesel engine delivering 143 hp (318d) and 184 hp (320d) – the 316d a.k.a. the entry-level diesel-powered model will get the same 2.0-liter engine delivering 116 hp.
For BMW, the 3-Series Sedan has, over the years, become a symbol of the company’s sporting capability, dynamics, and visual appeal. Considered by many as the first under the compact sports sedan, it comes as no surprise that it has become the best-selling premium vehicle in the world. For the newly released sixth generation of the 3-Series Sedan, BMW is able to put focus on this mid-size model’s sporting qualities through the use of elegant and dynamic lines. Compared to the generation before it, the new 3-Series has larger dimensions yet continues to have that ideal mix of elegance and sportiness.
It still comes with characteristics shared with the previous versions like how its proportions are formed by the set-back greenhouse, the long wheelbase, short overhang in the front, and the wide bonnet. Since its track is now wider, with the front having an additional 37 mm and the rear an extra 47 mm, plus the fact that its profile shows that it has a wedge shape, it highlights even further its sporting look. In addition, by putting emphasis on the width, its front end, with the multi-faceted surfaces, is able to have an appearance that is sportier than before.
Unlike the previous generation with its central air intake, the new 3-Series instead makes use of two intakes, both larger than the one in the previous model. By placing it under the headlights and just to the front end’s outer edges, it helps give that needed depth to this version’s sporty style. There are also small intakes, in a vertical position, positioned on the far left and the far right of its main ducts.
What this does is create the Air Curtain look. This not only helps improve the flow of air on the front wheel but improves the aerodynamic efficiency while at the same time lower the fuel consumption, especially at high speeds. The standard BMW kidney grill is still there but it has been placed upright and slanted a bit forward. With its squat and wide interpretation, this new offering’s stance is emphasized.
On the frame of this grille, one can see that the headlights have been extended to this point. For those who decide to opt for the xenon headlights, the twin headlights will have corona rings and on top of it will be the LED accent lights which add intensity to the focused look BMW has long been known for.