Next month, BMW will unveil the new generation 3 Series. First to come to market is the F30 3 Series Sedan which will be followed by the 3er Touring next year and the 4 Series Coupe and Convertible in 2013.
For the first time BMW has decided to split the popular and high volume seller 3 Series into two separate families. Using the same platform and common design cues, the 3 and 4 Series will be marketed differently. The new 4 Series Coupe will allow BMW to price the vehicle slightly higher, at a premium price. The overall dynamic design would appeal to a younger demographic as well and will be a viable alternative to the high-end 6 Series Coupe. By offering a higher positioned coupe, BMW will compete on the market with Audi and Mercedes, which is said to introduce a smaller SLS model.
Ahead of the unveiling next month, German magazine Auto Zeitung uses previously spy photos to sketch out how the front-end of the new 3 and 4 Series will look like. The rendering above takes design cues from the new 5 and 6 Series, with headlights having a more squared-shape and larger eyebrows. The front grille with the 3D look is also featured on some of the newest BMWs. The bumper sports large air intakes with LED daytime running lights.
The headlights have been redesigned to flow into the kidney grille, a design cues taken from the Vision Concept and future i8.
Flowing creases are integrated into the hood giving the car a road-focused look.
The 3 Series will also be offered in three lines: Sports, Modern and Luxury. Each will differ from each other by offering distinct equipment options. Our sister-magazine Bimmertoday learned from a reliable source that the 3 Series Sports line will feature black exterior mirror caps.
To cater to different type of drivers, the new 2012 BMW 3 Series will come equipped with adaptive suspension allowing to adjust the settings by pressing a button.
In the engine department, the new 3 and 4 Series models will make use of both four and six-cylinder turbocharged engines.