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.
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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.
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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.
The next generation 3-series coupe and cabrio are said to possibly be receiving 4-series badges, splitting up for the first time the 4-door and 2-door versions of what has always been called together, the “3-series.” These are some new speculative renders courtesy of Autobild.
According to a new report from Autobild, BMW is considering reordering the nomenclature of their model lineup for consistency. If this happens, all sedan, wagons, and GT’s will get odd numbers. All coupes, convertibles and Gran Coupe’s get even numbers.
In other words, the successors of the E92 3-series coupe would become the 4-series coupe (F32), the E93 3-series convertible a 4-series convertible (F33). BMW had similar plans for the current generation E92 and E93 3-series but got cold feet for several reasons. Now the successful introduction of Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is reportedly making BMW reconsider the introduction of a 4-series again, says Autobild. If this pans out, this may be the next generation 3-series and 4-series models lineup. See inside. BMW 2 series … CONTINUED
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.
The next generation M3 is still at least 3 years from its debut, but it’s never too early for speculation, particularly about its powerplant. While the current E9x M3 is powered by the marvelous high-revving V8 engine (S65), it’s been widely speculated that that the next generation M3 will return to using a 6-cylinder engine. Emissions regulations have forced the move, much like the new upcoming F10 M5 getting the more efficient S63 V8 Twin-turbo engine instead of continuing to use the iconic V10.
So far so good. However, according to our source with close ties to BMW M, BMW has not settled on exactly which engine layout the company will use for the F30/F32 M3. Rather, the guys at BMW M are currently testing no less … CONTINUED
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.