BMW F30 3-series continues testing and a black test mule was recently photographed. This prototype wears the same camouflage level as the recently spotted F30 sedans, but its black paint set against the camouflage tape shows off the car’s lines better than a lighter color.
Squared off LED halos adorn the front headlights on this particular model, and overall the front headlights look to have a stylish and aggressive shape, as on the F10 5-series. Low and wide kidney grilles sit at the front at a sleek and sloping hood.
The F30′s side double character lines are again evident in the looks of the car from the sides. These double lines should give the F30 a distinctive look among current model BMWs, as it’s a styling element not … CONTINUED
We’re able to share that the F30 3-series sedan will begin production in November 2011, shortly after the E90 3-series stops production. The F30 2012 Model Year will run until June 2012, upon which point it will switch to the 2013 Model Year.
As the schedule shows, the F30 3-series will come as 328i and 335i models. The 328i will most certainly be powered by the ‘N20′ turbo 4-cylinder inline engine (as found in the Z4 28i, details) and the 335i by a turbo 6-cylinder inline motor. Output will be in the ballpark of 245hp and 306hp, respectively.
Production will continue at BMW’s Munich and Regensburg plants. The South African produced F30 328i (denoted by “SA”) begins later, in February 2012.
F30 sales are expected to begin in … CONTINUED
Here is our latest sighting of a F30 335i sedan in alpine white, including some new interior looks. We analyze the interior and exterior. See inside for analysis.
We bring you what we believe are the most realistic F30 3-series sedan renders yet, based directly off the latest and most revealing F30 spy photos. The F30 sedan adopts BMW’s current design language, with a sleeker sloping hood with more upright and widened kidney grilles placed below the hood line. The entire front fascia is more front leaning and shark-like. The F30 features double side character lines, as seen in the render. The side view mirrors will feature turn signals, like the just revealed F20 1-series hatchback. A close exam of recent spy photos also reveal double hood lines, as seen in the renders. The headlights are aggressively shaped, and the xenon headlights should feature squared-off LED angel eyes.
Size-wise, the F30 runs on a … CONTINUED
It’s usually the strange looking camouflaged prototype cars which get the attention in public, but that may not be the case here where one of our members in a Ferrari 458 caught an F30 3-series sedan prototype out testing in the canyons of Malibu, California.
Info on the next generation M3 lineup comes courtesy of insider SCOTT26. Expected in the M3 lineup will again be the M3 coupe and cabrio, but the M3 sedan will supposedly be replaced by the M3 Gran coupe (a 4 door version of the F32 M3 coupe). Also for the first time there will be an M3 touring wagon. Finally, the X3M and an X4M (based on a future X4 SAV model) are speculated. Full details inside.
We bring you the most revealing F30 3-series FEP (final evaluation phase) test car video yet — 2 minutes of spy footage. The video reveals the following things: Fixed piston calipers, Possible lightweight calipers being tested, LED turn signal indicators, Regular bulb brake lights, Appears to be undergoing sound check/testing. Enjoy the video inside.
We bring you the first photos of a red F30 3-series sedan spied, showing the best F30 interior photos yet. The interior photos are telling, revealing a semi-black panel display, lane change assistant, and auto-start stop technology.
See our analysis and photos inside.
Here are some new renders of the F30 3-series sedan, by German publication Auto Test. These are some of the more attractive renders we’ve seen and are clearly based off the F10 5-series, but with some attention to paid to previous F30 spy photos.
The rear 3/4 view is particular attractive. However, the renders are missing some new styling features revealed in the most recent F30 spy photos, such as the double character lines.