For BMW, the BMW 3 Series is the focus of attention at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series Sedan is world’s best-selling premium car. Have a look at the wide range and the different lines, together with BMW Group Chief Designer Adrian van Hooydonk.
We haven’t seen the long wheelbase F30 since our most recent spy photos from last July, but it’s now been revealed in China. Seen here is a 335Li, which will be manufactured in China for sale only in China (like all new F30s for the Chinese market) and provides for more spacious backseat area with more legroom. The BMW 3-series Li will debut at the Beijing Autoshow in April 2012.
Here’s some great news for the 3 series touring fans in the US – the US market will receive the F31 3 series touring! BMW’s decision to bring the 5 Series GT to the US and nip the F11 5 series touring in return had us all a bit worried whether the 3 series touring to be unveiled later this year would share a similar fate.
Fortunately, Paul Ferraiolo, Manager, Product Planning & Strategy of BMWNA, confirmed with us during 2012 Detroit NAIAS that the next … CONTINUED
From a dealer presentation event for BMW Performance Parts come the first views of the BMW Performance parts for the F30 3 series. Both the M Sport and non-M Sport accessories are seen here.
Parts we can see include carbon fiber splitters, carbon fiber front lip, gloss kidney grilles, 19″ wheels, performance racing stripes, and painted rear bumper diffuser.
On the standard F30, you can see the BMW Performance sideskirts and gloss black wheels with red pinstripes.
Expect a whole host of the standard types of BMW Performance parts … CONTINUED
Here’s another highlight of the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the Active Hybrid 3.
Seen here in Modern Line configuration, the Active Hybrid 3 combines BMW’s smooth 3.0l N55 inline 6 and an electric motor for a maximun output of 335hp and 450Nm. It does 0-62kph in less than 5.9 seconds and returns 37 miles to the gallon. To further improve mpg there’s also an intelligent navigation system to optimize your routes for a hybrid. Unlike other hybrids the Actibe Hybrid 3 doesn’t compromise boot … CONTINUED
Our live coverage from the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) continues. From the NAIAS show floor, here are the first photos of the US M Sport 335i (F30) in Estoril Blue II debuting in North America.
Compared to our earlier coverage on the European spec M Sport package, you can see several differences for the US: For one there are the obvious orange reflectors which are integrated subtly. The US version also has no fog lights which makes for a sportier appearance (the reason for … CONTINUED
We’re here live at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) where the star of the BMW display this year, the 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan (F30), has just made its North American debut.
On display so far is a base model (no lines) F30 328i in arctic silver, a 335i luxury line, and a 328i sport line. We’re told that the M Sport will be hitting the floor a bit later so we’ll try to snag some photos when it makes its appearance.
The F30′s official launch to … CONTINUED
Here’s the first glance of the BMW display at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) which begins this upcoming Monday! As you can see here, the 2012 F30 3 series will be by far the main attraction at this year’s exhibit. Stay tuned as we bring complete coverage from the show next week! Photo courtesy of Autospies.
Here is a BMW 328i (F30) video review by Autoblog.nl. It may not be in english, but there is English captions/translations throughout the video. Includes some nice driving action and even a decent smokey burnout from the 4-cylinder (N20) equipped 328i.
Overall, they are impressed with the vehicle (no surprise) and echo the praises of most other reviews.
Less than a week away from its US debut at the 2012 Detroit NAIAS, the F30 sightings have increased. Spotted on the streets of Germany is this alpine white base F30 and at the BMWNA HQ in New Jersey was a sport line F30 in red.
Here is the first BMW F30 3 series TV commercial released. With BMW as the official vehicle sponsor of this summer’s London Olympics, the ad’s message is that the world’s class athletes’ performance, balance, agility, and control are shared by the all new F30 3 series.
As the full German F30 catalogue has been published, we can now share more details of the much-anticipated F30 M Sport Package.
First off, the M Sport Package is supposed to be available from July 2012 on (worldwide). That’s in line with our previous estimate as production of the model year 2012 F30 will end in June 2012 and model year 2013 beginning in July 2012.
The M Sport Package comprises of unique front bumpers with enlarged bumper intakes, more sculpted rocker panels, and a unique rear … CONTINUED
The first F32 4 Series / 3 Series coupe prototypes were spotted for the first time ever in October. And although it appeared in heavy camouflage, we’ve attempted to envision what the production form may look like underneath.
In producing the following images, we started from real life F32 spy photos (attached below) and combined it with some elements from the F30′s styling, along with some educated guesses and imagination sprinkled throughout. We’ll be able to better assess the accuracy of the image’s detailed styling elements as … CONTINUED
This should settle once and for all the debate on whether the US spec F30 models have the ungainly front license plate mounting base molded to the front bumper from the factory, or whether it’s a separate part and therefore, removable. Many photos of US spec F30 3 series proved to be inconclusive in providing an answer. So we went Sherlock Holmes on the matter.
The front license plate base is indeed a separate part. The US license plate base shows up as part # 51 11 … CONTINUED
The F33 4 series convertible prototype continues testing and we bring you another set of photos from the second spotting. As clearly seen, the F33 4 series will retain its folding hardtop. The car is still heavily masked and it appears that it may feature a bit of a false trunk or heavy camouflage on the trunk lid, making it look more extended or larger than the actual design underneath. This is the reason for the odd-looking gap and space in the transition area to … CONTINUED
Have a look at the designing process of the new BMW 3 Series (F30) together with the designers. They explain the ideas behind the car-design. Karim Habib (head of exterior design at BMW), Christopher Weil (exterior designer), and Christian Bauer (interior designer) explain the process of bringing the F30 3 series to life.
From 2D sketch, to 3D clay mockup and computer modelling, see how the F30 3 series goes from idea to product.
EVO UK magazine’s January issue features their full review of the F30 2012 328i and 320d. Improved refinement and first-rate handling grace the review’s headline.
EVO rates the 328i a 4.5 stars and gives the 320d 4 stars (out of 5). The 328i is called an impressive machine which manages to pull off the difficult trick of improving refinement and ride quality without diluting the dynamic entertainment.
For our Canadian readers and members, here is the Canadian F30 3 Series ordering guide. F30 ordering in Canada has started and F30 Canadian pricing will be released “on time for the official Canadian launch of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan at the Montreal Autoshow in mid-January 2012.”
Compared to the US model, the 335i comes standard with Sport Line and 328i is standard with Luxury Line.
Check out the full order guide and product bulletin inside.