BMW Launches New 3 Series (Now With Lots Of Pictures)
Today, at 4pm in Munich, the sixth generation 3 series was launched to the press. Usually, this happens in an exotic place. Today, BMW picked a super-exotic place: Its plant in Munich. More than 10,000 people work here, and the launch in the factory was meant to underscore how important BMW’s volume model is in keeping the 10,000 employed.
First to see the daylight was a 320d, followed by a 328i, bunches of additional 320d, a 328i, a 330i, and finally a 335i. You’ll see lots of pictures after the jump …
The sports sedan features a full-color heads-up display, all engines come with the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and can be combined with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
According to BMW, “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, emphasizes the elegantly dynamic design of the new BMW 3 Series.” For the rest of the 65 page press package, click here.
The car will be available in 3 equipments lines at all dealers around the world on February 11, 2012. An M sport package will follow in Summer 2012.
Carguy on Oct 15, 2011
The exterior is design isn't a great departure from the current model with the exceptions of a Z4 snout and a 5 series rear end - but its not bad. I'm happy to see the interior is still driver focused and devoid of the proliferation of buttons that some manufacturers seem to have indulged in. I guess the big news is that entry level engine is all you'll ever need. Like the on the E36 323 -> 328, the engine upgrade just doesn't appear to be worth the money.
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- ToolGuy 16.9 gallon fuel tank (~15 usable in the real world) combined with abysmal fuel economy means the range of your girlfriend's EV will look pretty good by comparison. 😉
- ToolGuy Cadillac should make a list of everyone who gets excited by this announcement, and never listen to those people again.
- Jkross22 My use case is perfect for an EV. I drive about 10 miles/day tops, have a home so I can recharge at night, love how much more efficient an EV is over its ICE counterpart and love the instant torque, quietness, lack of moving parts/reliability/cost of maintenance. I'm the poster child for EV ownership.But I don't have one and don't see buying one anytime soon. As intriguing as they are, there is no way in Haiti I'm dropping 50 large minimum to buy one. Not gonna happen. The Bolt looks like a toe, I really don't like Tesla interiors, I love the Lucid and Polestar 2, the H/K electrics are interesting but look at the price of all of these.
- ToolGuy The only good thing about this car is the wheelbase.
- MaintenanceCosts So someone really did build that car I drew while not paying attention in second grade. Too bad they screwed it up so badly.