BMW’s Next Generation F30 3-Series Coming in 2012June 1st, 2011 by Armaan Almeida
BMW has announced a Spring 2012 release date for its all-new 3-Series, bearing chassis code F30. The last gasoline current-generation E90 models will leave assembly lines in Oct. 2011, with diesels ending production in Aug. 2011.
As is BMW custom, the all-new F30 3-Series sedan will debut first, followed by the coupe, convertible and M3 variants in that order.
The F30 M3 will likely see release in early 2013. A handful of spy shots and renderings have revealed parts of the 3-Series’ new styling. The lines are more chiseled than the swoopier E90, which has been on sale since the 2006 model year.
Look to the new 5-Series and restyled Z4 for styling cues. The F30 will have a more upright kidney grill, shorter overhangs and a steeply raked hood.
Engine options will include turbocharged inline-four and inline-six cylinder engines, at least one diesel and a rumored three-cylinder. The last is extremely unlikely to make its way to the U.S. market. The M3 engine has not yet been announced, though BMW has considered several options, including the possibility of a turbo V6 based on the X5 M’s V10.
The German luxury car company knows that its customer base is eagerly awaiting the all new 3-Series.
Toward year’s end and approaching early 2012, expect very heavy incentives as dealers cleanse their inventory of the outgoing E90 models.
The current standard 3-Series sells starting at $34,600 for the base 328i sedan. Pricing should go up for the F30 to keep up with inflation and to address what should be a very strong demand at launch.