As we’ve mentioned, the first F30 press global drives recently began in Barcelona, and the first drives are now beginning to be posted.
First in is Edmunds Insideline’s review of the F30 328i powered by BMW’s new 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo engine. Inside are some of the highlights of what they have to say about the 2012 F30 328i sedan.
We’re attending the press drives for the BMW F30 3 series in Barcelona, Spain and to kick off the test drives, BMW has released a new set of high resolution photos of the F30 on location.
The photo sets inside feature: all model lines on location at the Circuit de Catalunya Formula 1 track, a 328i Sport Line, and a 320d Modern Line.
We’ll post our first drive impressions of the F30 soon, so stay tuned!
At a glance:
The new 3 Series Sedan: sixth generation … CONTINUED
German publication Autobild had a chance to get some personal time with the F30 3 Series Sport Line model. They’ve posted a set of photos which show some of the F30′s details and features. See inside.
Undoubtedly, the most important debut for BMW in 2011 was the new F30 3 series Sedan. BMW pulled the wraps off and published the first info on the new 3 back in October.
As with any new model, some of you have questions that haven’t been answered by the official materials. We’ve been trying to cover and answer most your questions so far but, despite our efforts and our guide of the different design lines HERE) you may still have unanswered questions regarding the new F30 3 … CONTINUED
This 2012 F30 3 series Modern Line was spotted at Holland’s Schiphol airport, the site of many a new BMW model preview/spotting in the past, where some BMWs make a stop before crossing the Atlantic ocean to North America.
This is a US spec model (note the orange bumper reflectors) and is a Modern Line model.
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 … 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 … CONTINUED
We’re coming to you live from the 2012 3-series F30 reveal event in Munich and to say that it’s been an exciting reveal would be an understatement!
BMW rolled out all three F30 lines at the event. We’ve posted a huge gallery below of each of the F30 Sport, F30 Modern, and F30 Luxury line models. Enjoy!
Be sure to catch all the F30 details at our 2012 3 Series Official Info Thread
The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the world’s best-selling premium car, sets new benchmarks in terms of sporting prowess, elegance and comfort. The pioneering history of the 3 Series serves as inspiration for the new sports sedan, whose powerful styling represents a fresh interpretation and conscientious development of traditional BMW design cues. The new BMW face, with flat headlights reaching along as far as the BMW kidney grille, emphasises the elegantly dynamic design of the new BMW 3 Series. The sixth generation of … CONTINUED
The F30 3 series will be fully revealed to the world this Friday, but its dashboard has now been revealed in these spy photos. Although these are not great quality photos, what’s seen here does appear to match up to the F30 interior spy photos we’ve previously posted.
As expected, the F30′s dashboard is a bit of a mix between the F10 5 series and F21 1 series, with the large fixed screen that we’ve seen in previous spy photos.
The dashboard trim appears to be quite a … CONTINUED
Just 2 weeks to the day before its debut, the F30 has shed more of its camouflage, revealing the lower front bumper and sideskirts.
If the F20 1 series is any indication, it’s possible we could be looking at the F30 Sport Line model. As pictured below, the F20 Sport Line also features a very similar design on its bumper inlets, with horizontal bars running from the fog lights.
Like the F20, the 2012 F30 3 series is expected to be available in different ‘lines’ – possibly a … CONTINUED
As we’ve been alluding to, the 2012 F30 3 series will be revealed mid-next month (Friday, October 14 to be exact) via online reveal, and live at a BMW press event. Autobild has posted the engine range that will be available for the F30 at launch, as follows:
316i – 134hp
320i – 181hp
328i – 242hp (2.0L inline 4 cylinder twinpower turbo N20 motor) (US bound)
335i – 302hp (3.0L inline 6 cylinder twin turbo) (US bound)
Diesel (all turbocharged):
316d – 113hp
*335d likely … CONTINUED
We last spied the F30 hybrid back in February for the first time out in heavy camouflage. It has now shed its heavy camouflage and taken to the Nurburgring for track testing. One can tell this is a hybrid version by the typical “Rescue” stickers on its doors and rear bumper (which is always present BMW’s hybrid test vehicles).
The F30 3-series will be the first 3-series hybrid from BMW and will adopt much of the technology from the upcoming hybrid F10 5-series which is scheduled to … CONTINUED
Despite the myriad of F30 3 series sedan test mule spy photos we’ve posted thus far, there has yet to be a direct F30 versus E90 3 series spotting, until now. Although it’s only one view for now, it gives us the best idea yet of how the new 2012 3 series F30 sedan will compare to the outgoing E90 3 series with respect to size, proportions, rear styling, and stance. Thanks to F30post member CSL-Fanatik.
Based on shape, the F30 appears more evolutionary than revolutionary a … CONTINUED
We bring you a preview of the BMW F30 3 series’ production front end styling via our set of renders. These were constructed by analyzing the 100% uncovered F30 spy pics recently posted, together with input from Scott26, who has seen the production F30 design. It was confirmed that these images are representative of the real life F30 front end design.
The F30′s front styling will represent very unique elements never before seen on a production BMW. The headlight-grille area features deep set headlights which dip inward … CONTINUED
We bring you more spy photos of the 2012 3 series sedan (F30), in black and space gray, as BMW finishes the final evaluation phase testing on the next generation 3 series sedan.
Although the camouflage tape remains on these FEP level prototypes, we’ve already recently had a great uncovered look at the production F30 front and rear [see these photos if you've been under a rock] in a recent spotting at an F30 official photo shoot. But, these photos continue to give us views at the … CONTINUED
The F31 3-series touring/wagon has been spotted in testing again, this time in a new color – liquid blue. Liquid blue recently showed up as new BMW color for the 2012 3-series E92 coupe and 2012 1-series F20 hatchback and this is the first ever look at the new light blue paint color.
No official word yet on whether the F31 touring/wagon will be available in North America, but in a recent interview with Automotive News, the now retired BMWNA CEO Jim O’Donnell says he wishes the … CONTINUED
Taking a page out of their multi-lines strategy for the F20 1-series hatchback (which has the Sport and Urban Lines), the F30 and F32 3 series will also be available in multiple “lines” options.
The 3 lines expected for the next gen 3 series sedan (and perhaps “4 series coupe” if the name change comes to fruition) will be a Sport Line, Modern Line, and Luxury Line (actual final names may differ, we’ve also heard Sport Line, Urban Line and Deluxe Line as the possible names).
These optional … CONTINUED