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The latest generation BMW 3-Series has finally gotten the optional M Sport treatment, with the German automaker releasing details on the package.
The new accessories will debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and will come with a stylish new front bumper with larger air intakes, carbon fiber front splitters and black kidney grilles. For performance, the German automaker will offer upgrades on the powertrain, exhaust, and suspension. Unfortunately no details were announced on the performance upgrades, but we should know more when the Geneva gets underway next month.
Optional accessories from the M Performance Parts line for the new 3-Series will include 20-inch wheels, a roof box, a snowboard holder and a car cover. On the inside, BMW will offer all-weather floor mats, color-matched emergency brake handle, key fobs, rear storage and backrest bags.
The new 3-Series will make its way to America in August of this year. No pricing was announced on the M Sport package or its accessories.
GALLERY: 2012 BMW 3 Series M Sport
BMW might be a little bit late to the whole “let’s release our Super Bowl ads before the Super Bowl” party, but they’re making up for it with quantity over quality.
Six short clips were released by BMW and only a pair of them will air during the big game on Sunday, but you’ll probably only see one of them on TV. What commercial you’ll see will be based on your region, with the New York Tri-State area getting an ad highlighting the 3-Series’ heated steering wheel, while the Southern California Los Angeles region will hear about BMW Connected Drive’s ability to read emails.
The additional four clips that BMW produced will be appearing online on streaming sites such as NBC.com, ABC.com and Hulu. All six clips were designed to be playful shorts to support the launch of the new BMW 3-Series Sedan.
“The BMW 3 Series is the global benchmark for a sports sedan,” said Dan Creed, Vice President of Marketing, BMW of North America. “With these shorts, we turn a spotlight on the innovations that make the 3 Series the standard to which others aspire.”
Check out all six digital clips after the break.
The next-generation (F30) BMW 3 Series has finally been spied completely undisguised. You might not be able to tell, however, due in part to the grainy images and strange angles. Or maybe it’s just the the lack of any major design progression.
With styling cues from the 5 and 7 Series, the car’s smaller overall shape is certain to help it stand out from its larger siblings.
Apart from the design, the photos also reveal that the 3 Series will finally get BMW’s Head Up Display system.
When it does arrive, two engines will be offered in North America, with the 328i model powered by the brand’s new turbocharged 4-cylinder, while the 335i get a turbocharged 6-cylinder.
Look for official details from BMW in the coming months, although the 2012 3 Series isn’t expected to make its world premiere until the Geneva Auto Show in March.
GALLERY: 2012 BMW 3 Series
BMW has unveiled a new M Sport tuning package for the 2012 3-Series alongside a special European Exclusive Edition package available for either the coupe or convertible.
The Exclusive Edition package keeps the classy styling the 3-Series intact, but adds 18-inch V-spoke wheels painted in Space Grey. In addition, customers will be treated to an exclusive exterior color, Mineral Grey, as an option, while the mirrors are finished in a contrasting Oxide Silver. For the interior of the Exclusive Edition, owners can opt to have the seats in an custom Pearl Grey with grey stitching or a black with white stitching package. Floor mats featured color-matched piping while the interior trim can be adorned with BMW’s Bamboo Grain Anthracite finish.
The more exciting news for those of use not in Europe is the new M Sport package. Popular amongst BMW enthusiasts, the M Sport package gives the 3-Series more aggressive M-inspired styling. The new M Sport package will include a new suspension, exclusive Silverstone paint and 18-inch Ferric Grey wheels. Those familiar with the M Sport package will also quickly recognize the black window trim and black-painted exterior mirrors.
The full body kit replaces the front bumper, side skirts and rear bumper, giving the 3-Series an all new look. The rear bumper features a rear diffuser and an M rear spoiler is optional. On the inside, the sport seats feature M detailing along with an M Sport steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and an M aluminum driver’s footrest.
GALLERY: BMW 3-Series Edition Exclusive and M Sport Edition
BMW has announced that it will be ending production of the E90 3-Series sedan this October, as the company gears up for the next generation of its volume seller.
Internally coded the F30, the 2012 3-Series is expected to be built off a modular platform, though will keep much the same dimensions as the outgoing model. Styling is said to be more toned and ‘muscular’ adopting many of the cues seen on BMW‘s more recent offerings, including the current 5-Series (F-10).
In an effort towards increasing efficiency, the 2012 3-Series will employ such technologies such as aerodynamically tuned wheels, a solar roof panel, a stop/start engine feature and re-generative braking.
Powertrain options are said to include a range of four and six-cylinder engines, both normally aspirated and turbocharged, as well as the possibility (however unlikely) of a three-cylinder engine for the first time. Look for the entry level 328i model to toss its straight-six in favor of a newturbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 245-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
A new M3 model will also make it’s debut, powered by a twin-turbo inline six, slated to make as much as 450 horsepower. Watch this space for further developments.
[Source: BMW Blog]
The next BMW M3 will toss it’s naturally aspirated V8 in favor of a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. This news comes from a report by Automobile Magazine, with plenty of other insight into the next generation 3 Series – code named F30. But before we get to that… back to the M3. Likely not due out until at least 2013, the M3 will get a bump in power from the current 420 ponies to around 450. And because it’s turbocharged, we can expect a significant increase in torque.
As for the standard 3 Series, it’s due in 2012 and will be offered with five body styles. The usual sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon will continue on and BMW will add a Gran Turismo hatchback model, much like with the current 5 Series. The 3 Series GT, however, will be targeted more towards sport than luxury. Automobile claims the 3 Series sedan will be less dramatic looking, while the coupe will get completely different sheetmetal that’s more dynamic looking.
In terms of engines we don’t have much into about powerplants for North America, but in Europe the F30 3 Series will come with more powerful versions of the current 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter gasoline engines and two more powerful diesel engines. Automobile claims the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder will make 252-hp, which might make it powerful enough to be the base engine in the 3 Series.
In unconfirmed news, BMW is also considering two other models. The first is a three-door hatchback (often called a “shooting brake”). The second is a Speedster model, using a soft top convertible roof rather than a hard-top, to keep weight to a minimum. This would likely be built by BMW’s M division.