The new 2012 BMW 3-Series may be offered with three-cylinder engines within the next two years, according to Peter Nefischer, BMW’s head of engine development. A What Car? report revealed that BMW ‘is working on three-cylinder engines throughout the range and that they could be available on the 3 Series within a couple of years.
Nefischer said that engine technology has nearly reached its full extent with the present standard internal combustion engines. He added that smaller units would be the next step. He said that “downsizing will go further, with smaller, more powerful engines.”
Turbochargers will be integrated with these smaller engines so that their power could be raised and would be enough for a car that’s as big as the 3 Series. Any three-cylinder unit would not be the same as the one that will be used for the upcoming BMW i8 hybrid supercar, which will arrive in the UK in 2013.
These new three-cylinder 3 Series models aren’t likely to get an electric motor for additional power since BMW intends to keep the majority of its hybrid projects to six-cylinder petrol models. These three-cylinder petrol engines are common in city cars like the VW Up.
Ford Focus 1.0 Ecoboost will start to sell later this month. It comes with a three-cylinder petrol engine that would be used on bigger cars like the Grand C-Max or maybe even on the 2013 Ford Mondeo.
BMW models are known for the signature Hofmeister kink. By having a prominent interpretation of this elements at the BMW 3-Series’ C-pillar base, it results in the profile of the model having more flair. Beside this is the fin curve line that starts from the roof and goes to the boot lid. This allows the roof to have a lower appearance when viewed from the side.
The overall impact is that it gives the side a lighter yet more athletic appearance. Highlighting this feature further is the shade line that slowly rises and is placed on the lower portion of the contoured side skirt. Meanwhile the addition of the light surfaces on the side skirt helps improve the lightness of the lines on the sides. Indeed, the side of the 3-Series Sedan is mainly dominated by the strong tight surfaces with the sweeping lines.
The sides of the model have the double swage line shape composed of two character liens that run beside each other. The lower line starts just behind its front wheel and goes through an arching route all the way to the back. Meanwhile the higher line starts at the lower portion of the front end and then discretely sweeps above the front wheel as if to say just how fast this model is.
Combined, the two swage lines help strengthen the wedge shape of its side. It also allows for interplay between shade and light just under the line putting more focus on the wide track. The rear section meanwhile has strong horizontal lines that underscore just how wide the track of this model is and how broad the face of the wheels is.
It goes without saying that this includes the standard L-shaped rear lights that have been placed at the rear section’s outer edges. On the outer edges as well are low-set reflectors which help the vertical lines move from the greenhouse and above the rear lights, highlighting the model’s strong presence on the road.