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The announcement comes after the initial debut earlier this month in Munich and reveals that there will be the standard and M Sport packages along with three new lines: sport, luxury and modern.
The exterior design is courtesy of Christian Weil, who also designed the 5 Series GT, while the interior comes from Christian Bauer who designed the current generation 6 Series coupe and convertible, ultimately offering a melting effect that shares features of both designers previous projects.
The exterior design builds on the pervious model’s rounded shaping but there’s a new face to look at. The headlights now stretch to the nose, just touching the grill, which also has a more pronounced and aggressive look borrowed from the 6 Series. The rear end will stay much the same, maintaining BMW’s L-shaped design.
The interior materials will vary based on trim level, but an instrument cluster tilted seven degrees towards the driver will add to the driver-oriented feeling of the car.
GALLERY: 2012 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 is expanding its offerings on the new 6-Series Coupe and Convertible by adding the ever-popular M-Sport package, a diesel option, and for the first time in the 6-Series model’s history, an xDrive all-wheel-drive variant. The 640d Coupe and Convertible models will be powered by a 3.0L straight-six with 313-hp and a whopping 464 ft-lbs of torque while claiming around 43-mpg (on the European cycle).
The 407-hp turbocharged V8 6-Series will also have the xDrive option available on the 650i, which has been a fairly popular option across all the other BMW models that currently offer it.
Most exciting, however, is the addition of an M Sport package to the 6-Series, giving it a sportier appearance. The package comes complete with an M-aerodynamics kit with all new front and rear bumpers, LED foglights, 19-inch M-alloy wheels, sport seats with Alcantara/leather upholstery and an M-leather steering wheel. Those that wish to take part in BMW’s Individual range program can also order their vehicle in custom paint shades, wheels and other options.
Pricing has yet to be announced and look for all models (except the diesel) to be offered in the U.S.
GALLERY: BMW 6-Series M-Sport
After BMW‘s new 2012 1 Series leaked online the automaker quickly released full images and details of the new front-drive hatchback. Looking somewhat awkward with its pug-nose front mimicking that of the larger 5 Series and 7 Series sedans, a new M Sport package looks to solve any complains we might have had.
With styling taken from the rest of the M lineup, the new front end adds plenty of aggression and comes paired with side skirts a rear diffuser, custom wheels and the usual interior accessories – floor mats anyone?
Like with the standard car, this lone image and the related details have apparently slipped out ahead of schedule, so look for BMW to release official info and more pics soon.
The 2012 BMW 1 Series will officially debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show this fall.
As it turns out the spy photos that were reported to be an M version of the new BMW 7 Series were actually of a 7 Series M Sport. Rather than a high-performance model, this 7 is more tuned towards aesthetics – although the new M Sport wheels are certain to be lighter weight models and may come with more rubber attached to them.
Up front the bumper gets a slight redesign, as does the rear and inside a new M Sport steering wheel is included.
No pricing is available as BMW has yet to officially released details on the car. And while we’re a little upset there won’t be an M7, with 400hp and 450 ft-lbs of torque in the 750i, an M version really isn’t necessary.
GALLERY: BMW 7 Series M Sport