The 2012 3-series sedan product planning and strategy bulletin and ordering guide has been released (scans below).
Retails sales will launch on February 11, 2012. The first two months of production will be used to produce dealer’s initial stock – two 328i and one 335i. Here’s a breakdown of the ordering info available so far:
STANDARD EQUIPMENT on both 328i and 335i sedan will include:
8 speed auto transmission (6 speed manual is a no charge option)
6.5″ color display with iDrive controller
One inch wheel upgrade (17″ standard on 328i and 18″ standard on 335i)
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The first F32 4 Series / 3 Series coupe prototypes were spotted for the first time ever just last month. 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 a real life F32 spy photo (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 the F32 prototypes lose some camouflage, but for now, the general shape, proportions, and stance seen in these renders are accurate.
The result is a production F32 with very sleek and wide width-to-height proportions, seemingly more so than the … CONTINUED
Here’s the first sighting we’ve seen of a US spec production Luxury Line F30 3 series sedan. This model was recently spotted at the BMW USA HQ in NJ and is the first look at how the US spec F30 will differ from the European version – namely the placement of the front bumper reflectors.
This F30 is a Luxury Line model which features: front and rear bumpers with speciﬁc features in high-gloss chrome, BMW kidney grille with 11 slats in high-gloss chrome, side window frames and window recess ﬁnishers in high-gloss chrome, B-pillar and window uprights in Black, high-gloss “Luxury” lettering along the side, and tailpipe trim in high-gloss chrome.
The F30 3 series world premiere event was streamed live from Munich on BMW’s facebook page, but in a fairly low resolution feed. We’ve now posted hi-resolution videos from the event. Have a look at the new videos in our Official F30 Information Thread.
The BMW UK F30 3 series configurator is now online, available for all those interested in spec’ing out their F30s and seeing how a particular configuration looks.
Available for configuration are F30 base, modern, luxury and sport lines, in a full array of colors, wheels, and interior trims. Packages and optional equipment are also listed, all with prices. The 335i Sport Line and M sport variations are not yet online, but it shouldn’t be long.
Production of the F30 recently kicked off at the Munich production plant.
Click on through and configure your F30, but be sure to share your results with us here.
The BMW Group is investing half a billion euros in building the new BMW 3 Series at the Munich plant, where series production launches today.
“The BMW 3 Series is the most important volume-produced model from the BMW Group as well as the biggest-selling model in the entire premium segment. To ensure that the sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series likewise leaves the factory in flawless quality, we have invested around 500 million euros in our Munich home plant. And that means safeguarding 9,000 workplaces,” said Frank-Peter Arndt, Member of the BMW AG Board of Management responsible for production, in Munich on Friday.
As series production of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan got under way, Christian Ude, Mayor of Munich, along with Manfred Schoch, Chairman of … CONTINUED
Audi has just pulled the wraps off its facelifted A4 and S4 models (B8). This calls for another photo comparison thread comparing the 2012 3 series sedan against the 2012 A4/S4. Both the F30 and the facelifted A/S4 will hit showroom floors next spring.
What’s seen below is a comparison of the F30 M Sport against the Audi S4 facelift, followed by a Sports Line F30 versus the standard A4 facelift. Color us biased, but visually, neither the A4 nor the S4 have anything on the F30 models.
Production form F30 3 series sedans have now hit the streets in force and we bring you the first look at a base F30 3 series. The F30 3 series models revealed at the reveal event two weeks ago were all examples of the upcoming F30 lines – Sport Line, Modern Line, and Luxury Line.
On the exterior, the blue F30 shows that a base trim model will differ from the “Line” models mostly in the lack of any extra front bumper adornments. This is also the first look at the all new Liquid Blue color on an F30. Liquid Blue will be available from March 2012.
Also posted below are photos of a Havana Metallic F30 Modern Line model.
The F30 officially comes to market in February 2012.
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We’re happy to share the best spyhots of the F32 4 series coupe to date. Days after the first ever spotting of the F32 4 series coupe, our spies have caught another F32 prototype, this time in white.
Compared to the recently unveiled F30 3 series sedan, the 4 series coupe will have a more muscular and sleek appearance. The shoulder line at the rear quarter panel is more pronounced and the roofline lower. These shots also allow us a better look at the shape of the rear windows and the famous Hofmeister kink.
Keep in mind that the car looks larger than it actually is due to some of the camouflage paneling, particularly on the front fascia. The heavy camouflage on the front and rear also obscure … CONTINUED