Leaked: 2012 Bmw 3-Series U.S. ordering guide

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 11, 2011

BMW’s Munich plant has recently started production of the 2012 BMW 3-Series. After the new 3 arrives at the Euro market, it will be offered next in the U.S. in February 2012. According to the ordering guide for the 2012 BMW 3 Series, the 328i and 335i Sedan will use BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology. Furthermore, the 8-speed automatic transmission (205) with the 6-speed manual (ZMT) will be available as a no charge option.

The standard equipment for the new 3 Series has been enhanced. These include a 6.5-inch color display with iDrive controller, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/iPod interface, one inch wheel upgrade (17” standard on 328i and 18” standard on 335i), Dynamic Driving Control with ECO PRO Mode, Automatic Start/Stop on all engines and transmissions, Brake Energy Regeneration.

There will be two cup holders in front of the gear lever and two bottle holders in the front doors. Floor mats will also just not be an option. The three trim levels for the 2012 BMW 3 Series are Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line. An M Sport Package is expected to follow. The ordering guide stated that the M Sport Package would be offered in the U.S. in July 2012 at the earliest.

Powering the 2012 BMW 328i is a 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine that delivers 240-hp at 5,000 rpm and 260 lb-ft of torque between 1,250 and 4,800 rpm. This enables the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds.

It could also reach a top speed of 130 mph. The Sport Line package can achieve 155 mph. The 2012 BMW 335i is powered by the same N55 3.0 liter 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine that could produce 300-hp at 5,800 rpm with a maximum torque of 300 lb-ft between 1,200 rpm and 5,000 rpm. A 0-60mph sprint takes 5.4 seconds and it can attain a top speed of 130 mph. Meanwhile, the Sport Line package can achieve a 155mph top speed.

The new BMW 3-Series Sedan features an interior with a driver-focused front cabin. This cockpit is designed to seemingly wrap around the driver -- angled towards the pilot by seven degrees -- and to allow drivers to easily reach all the important controls. Meanwhile, the surfaces and lines flow over the instrument panel towards the other occupant of the front cabin, thereby forming a smooth, protective border.

In the driver's area, all the lines converge on a single point behind the steering wheel and guide the eye towards the road. The cockpit also features circular dials for the fuel gauge, oil temperature gauge, rev counter and speedometer as well as a black panel display. As standard, the new BMW 3-Series Sedan comes with freestanding iDrive high-resolution monitor positioned on the horizontally structured instrument panel.

Since the high-resolution monitor features no folding mechanism or binnacle, the entire dashboard is able to retain its flat and smooth lines. A standard iDrive Controller meanwhile, is positioned centrally on the center console making it easily accessible by both the driver and the front passenger.

On the other hand, the driver's side of the center tunnel features the interior’s active driving elements as marked by a different trim surface and graining. Likewise, the trim surface on the front passenger side conveys elegance. A compartment for mobile devices and a USB/AUX-IN socket are located just underneath the armrest, which could be availed with optional fore/aft adjustment.

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