Autocar Magazine in the UK is speculating that the rumored 3-cylinder engine that BMW has been working on for some time now, will be seen under the hood of the F30 3-Series. This should come as no surprise, as the 3-Series is the bread and butter volume car in the BMW brand, and such an efficient engine would go a long way into promoting BMW as THE brand for sustainability.
The engine itself is rumored to be a 1.5L 3-Cylinder diesel engine putting out 150HP and produce less than 100g/km of CO2. Its already been rumored that this engine setup, which will come in both diesel and regular gasoline formats will drive the smaller cars in the BMW lineup such as … CONTINUED
Motortrend has posted its speculations on the 2012 F30 3 series, ruminating on the F30′s size, wheelbase, styling, suspension, and powertrain.
The next generation F30 3-series sedan is currently undergoing winter testing in northern Sweden. It wears the same heavy camouflage as the previous sightings, so these photos are best for determining proportions, size, and stance. Thus far, the F30 test mules spied have all had great proportions and stance. The F30 will be slightly larger and have a longer wheelbase than the current E90 sedan but features shorter overhangs to maintain sporty and squat proportions. Consistent with current BMW design language, the F30 will have wider and lower kidney grilles and the front fascia will be more upright than the E90 design.
Engine options will include a full range of turbo and naturally aspirated 6-cylinder motors, 4-cylinder motors, and possibly even a new 3-cylinder motor. The F30 … CONTINUED
Autoexpress previews the 2012 F30 3-series sedan and 2014 F32 M3 coupe. Not much info is new here than what we have previously posted, but their renders are a fun look at what the next generation F30 and F32 3-series and M3 may resemble.
Consistent with what we have posted in the past, the front fascia features a more upright angle, consistent with BMW’s current designs seen in the Z4, 5-series and 7-series. The F30/F32 3-series is also expected to be slightly larger in size, but with shorter front and back overhangs.
Next generation 3-series engine options will include a full range of turbo and naturally aspirated 6-cylinder motors, 4-cylinder motors, and possibly even a new 3-cylinder motor. The F30/F32 M3 is rumored to be lighter than the … CONTINUED
Here are some new renders of the next generation 2012 F30/F32 3-series coupe and sedan. Like the current generation, the coupe and sedan will continue to sport unique designs. The next generation 3-series is expected to grow slightly in size and wheelbase, but feature even shorter overhangs to preserve its sporty stance and style. The front fascia is expected to become more upright, consistent with BMW’s latest design language seen in the current Z4, F10 5-series, and F01 7-series.
The F32 3 series coupe is expected to share some design elements with the new 6-series coupe, such as sculptured flanks, low roof line, and possibly the turn indicators located under front headlights. It will also have wider and lower kidney grilles than the current E92 coupe.
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We previously posted spy photos of the F30s interior which was a dummy interior from the 1-series, but the F30 mules have now been fitted with production form interiors. Visible now is the steering wheel, entire driver console – including tach and speedometer, as well as parts of the center console and interior door. Exterior-wise, the same camouflage remains as in previous F30 sightings.
Compared to the E90 3-series, the F30 will feature a longer wheelbase, but shorter shorter overhangs, for a sporty squat look. It will also have wider and lower kidney grilles. Engine options will include a full range of turbo and naturally aspirated 6-cylinder motors, 4-cylinder … CONTINUED
The next generation 3-series lineup (expected beginning 2012) will include a Gran Turismo (GT) model. Scott26 provides a preview of the F3x 3-series GT, calling it a shrunken down CS Concept. Details and preview renderings inside.
The F30 3-series is due in a year and a half so its details and features will gradually come to light, but for now it’s interesting to speculate on its likely features. Have some thoughts on possible F30 equipment and features? Share them and see how accurate you are come 2012.
This isn’t the first time we’ve spotted an F30 335i in testing, but it’s been quite a while. This next generation 335i prototype was recently spotted testing in public in Germany. The interior remains a dummy interior (from the 1-series) fitted for testing purposes only. We’ve yet to spot the production F30 interior.
Compared to the E90 3-series, the F30 will feature a longer wheelbase, but shorter shorter overhangs, for a sporty squat look. It will also have wider and lower kidney grilles. Engine options will include a full range of turbo and naturally aspirated 6-cylinder motors, 4-cylinder motors, and possibly even a new 3-cylinder motor. The F30 335i will again be powered by a turbo 6 cylinder motor.
The F30 3-series sedan will make its world public … CONTINUED