2012 BMW 3-Series spied showing new details

2012 BMW 3-Series spy photos
2012 BMW 3-Series spy photos / SB-Medien

Inching closer to production

The 2012 BMW 3-Series is inching closer to production as our spies have caught a new prototype undergoing testing in Europe.

Despite being heavily camouflaged, we can get a glimpse of the car's head- and tail lights. Furthermore, the prototype is equipped with a production-ready rear bumper which appears to be inspired by the one on the current 5-Series.

As we have previously reported, the redesigned 3-Series is expected to ride on a lengthened wheelbase which will measure approximately 2.8 meters (110.2 inches) long. This should allow for additional interior room, but not enough to make you want to spend an eight hour trip in the rear seats.

Under the hood, power will be provided by the usual assortment of petrol and diesel engines. Nothing is official, but petrol options are slated to include a 1.6-liter turbo with 150 PS (110 kW / 148 hp), a 2.0-liter turbo with 245 PS (180 kW / 242 hp) as well as a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 324 PS (239 kW / 320 hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.

The new 3-Series is scheduled to be unveiled later this year, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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trekkerbin trekkerbin
The E92 I own currently is considered to be the best looking BMW 3er to me. So, as the styling trend goes for 3ers. I think that the 3 series is only getting better from generations to generations. So, I look forward to the actual appearance of it, especially the coupe one!!!
Feb 8th, 2011 1:12pm
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rnsaza rnsaza
I always have a little chuckle when people comment on how a new BMW styling change just wont work. When BMW went from the successful subtle styling to the provocative "Bangle era" styling the motoring world was crying and gnashing teeth while BMW sales figures increased further still. Now that the "Bangle era" is the accepted norm people are crying that BMW is making a mistake by going too soft :D Anyone see a trend wrt who is correct and who is making the wrong assumptions? If you want to see how successful BMW styling is just look at the change Merc and Audi have made to their traditional styling. To start a bun fight I'm going to say that BMW is the tail wagging the dog in the premium sector.
Feb 6th, 2011 10:43am
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trekkerbin trekkerbin
Feb 8th, 2011 1:09pm
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Uptohere Uptohere
Curious to see what they've done to it but I don't have high hopes. BMW design has become almost mind-numbingly predictable and will be no surprise when it closely mimicks it's big brother. As for leaving the competition scrambing or re-establishing the bar - those days are long gone. The koreans are doing more with a 2.0 turbo these days. Quality will be down but driving dynamics excellent. But it will likely be cheaper than the current model so that's good.
Feb 4th, 2011 1:42am
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Edison Edison
Unfortunately I was never a huge fan of the current 3er, although they definitely made some improvements in the mid-life styling updates. I am definitely liking the profile of this one, short front overhangs, stubby nose, and a nicely sloped C-pillar.
Feb 3rd, 2011 8:48pm
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ClintonM3 ClintonM3
Call me a fanboy, but BMW is making some leap with this new 2.0 engine. The numbers sounds very promising. And with BMW's 50:50 weight, lighter engine, lower center of gravity, this new car has the potential to raise the benchmark so high, that the other manufacturers really have to do something.
Feb 3rd, 2011 7:17pm
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ZHPRegistryNet ZHPRegistryNet
I am with you 100%. The best part about the engine is all the room in the hood to work with. It's a good 3 inches further back from the radiator.
Feb 3rd, 2011 10:33pm
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ZHPRegistryNet ZHPRegistryNet
The bar for this car is set really high. I have big hopes.
Feb 3rd, 2011 7:14pm
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milanpg milanpg
I'm big fan BMW. I can't wait to come out in to the production line.
Feb 3rd, 2011 6:42pm
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bmw2002m bmw2002m
The 3 series is BMW's baby - this is the sector of the market they dominate and therefore they will never mess this up....I used to own a 325i M-Sport Saloon before a 335i SE coupe...looking back it was the 325i I missed more than the 335 believe it or not. This will go straigh to the top without a shadow of a doubt.
Feb 3rd, 2011 6:20pm
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teXas teXas
I'd like to say I'm looking forward to this new model, but everything else has been a disappointment lately... asside from the 1 M Coupe (which is just a parts bin car, nothing new). If I ever get a BMW after my current e30, it would be an e46 M Sport package, or Z4 M Coupe. Hooydonk in charge FTL
Feb 4th, 2011 9:37am
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