As BMW prepares for the arrival of its next-generation volume-seller, it has announced that this October, the production of its E90 3-Series sedan will end. The 2012 3-Series, which is referred to internally as the F30, will be built on a modular platform.
The dimensions of the outgoing model will be retained but the next-generation model will be styled to be more toned and more “muscular” than BMW’s latest models such as the current 5-Series (F-10).
To improve the efficiency of the 2012 3-Series, BMW fitted it with technologies like re-generative braking, a solar roof panel, aerodynamically tuned wheels, and a stop/start engine feature.
Buyers will have a variety of powertrain options to choose from, including normally aspirated and turbocharged four and six-cylinder engines. It’s believed that there will also be a three-cylinder engine offered for the first time ever. However, many observers think that it isn’t probable.
The entry level 328i model will drop its straight-six and will instead be powered by a new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 245-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. BMW will also be introducing a new M3 model that’s powered by a twin-turbo inline six and is expected to deliver up to 450hp.
The BMW 3-Series has been through some changes seen on both the Saloon and Touring models. Design modifications have been accentuated throughout the front, side and rear of both models with the Saloon given additional styling emphasis and the Touring class' profile looking sporty yet elegant.
BMW 3-Series has bold front sections and an emphasized width.
Width is the main focus when it comes to the front view of the Saloon and Touring models. This can clearly be seen in the double circular headlights with corona rings and chrome tubes linings. Bi-xenon headlamps are available as an option for daytime running lights as are LED direction indicators with a casual ribbed structure.
The 3-Series side view has elegant elongated lines.
Impressive and striking are two of the primary words used to describe the surfaces of the side view of the 3-Series. With higher side skirts, the contour edges remain taut and distinctive. New features in the 3-Series now include exterior mirrors with a number of changes. In particular, the convex and concave shaping has been modified to echo the lines and yet at the same time they provide a much larger field of vision.
3-Series rear comes with a sporty new lighting design.
In line with all the changes, the 3-Series team did not let us forget that this is a BMW and with it comes power and strength. The new sporty lighting design has taken over the rear of the vehicle with the rear bumpers, lights and luggage compartment handle all redesigned.
BMW's L shape dominates the dual section rear lights. Fitted with LEDs, the rear light clusters and the direction indicators are eye-catching and are obviously of exceptional quality.
The powerful presence of the 3-Series is assisted by the new widened track and the rear axle for example is now wider by 24mm so as to assist the new wheel carrier, dependent on model.
The interior is as always impressive and of exquisite detail and has optimised ergonomics. These modifications have been enhanced even further with more availability in terms of materials and the design of the surface. The sporty styling is modern with mirrored lines, and a renewed elegance and aesthetic.
The 3-Series will also see the introduction of the iDrive, BMWs entertainment, and information system (which also functions as a navigation and telecommunication control). Available with a variety of options, the iDrive remains light years ahead of the competition with a control system that is intuitive and a crisp, highly visible display with controls that make it easy to switch from CD to radio, telephone or navigation functions as they’re all within easy reach.