2012 BMW 3 Series (codenamed F30) has been captured on camera for the first time new car has been seen without the usual psychedelic stickers. Although, the shots are blurry and have been taken from a weird angle, most of the design details can be clearly seen. A few bits of the interior can also be seen clearly, almost. These images were taken while the new four-door saloon was filming a commercial in Barcelona earlier last week.
The pictures reveal a much bolder and distinctive front-end than earlier spy images of the car had indicated. The front light clusters extend all the way to the 3-series’ reshaped kidney grille in a departure from the 5-series-inspired look for the new 3-series’ front-end that had been expected.
This front-end treatment for the lights and grille, along with the full-width air ducts and LED light strips in the lower section of the front bumper, give the new 3-series a lower, wider stance than the current car.
The new 3-series’s rear-end is more high-set than the current car and the sides more heavily sculpted sides with a prominent shoulder line. There’s also a sleeker design for the wing mirrors, more defined wheel arches, a heavily angled rear window and a higher bootline.
Underpinning the new 3-series is a heavily reworked version of the current car’s platform, complete with a 50mm longer wheelbase and tracks that are around 20mm wider at the front and 15mm wider at the rear.
The entire dimension changes are designed to increase interior space. Double wishbone suspension at the front replaces the current MacPherson set-up and a reworked multi-link suspension – complete with variable damper control – features at the rear. The new 3-series also adopts electro-mechanical steering.
Like the current version new 3-series will compete with the Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 in India.
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Spyshot source – F30Post.com