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BMW has finally revealed their brand new 2012 BMW 3-Series
, their most important high-volume model for the global market. 2012 BMW 3-Series F30 will roll in with plenty to offer aficionados when it makes its market debut beginning Feburary 11 next year. Over 12 million models have been sold since the car made its debut in 1975, and the carmaker’s Chairman says he is confident the new one will be a resounding success.
The car will be available with four engine choices, all TwinPower Turbo units. The range topper is the 335i, with its 3.0 litre, 306 hp and 400 Nm mill leading the way. Next is the 328i, which sees the 2.0 litre petrol TPT unit offering 245 hp at 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 350 Nm at 1,250 – 4,800 rpm. The remaining two are diesel jobs, these being the 320d and the 320d EfficientDynamics Edition. Both run a 2.0 litre commonrail DI variable geometry turbocharged block, with differing outputs – the 320d ED Edition puts out 163 hp, while the 320d offers 184 hp, both at 4,000 rpm. Torque figures are identical, with both offering 380 Nm at 1,750 – 2,750 rpm.
The biggest changes brought by the F30 generation, which will be available in early February, are substantial overall increases in proportions and the introduction of smaller, a more elegant design and more frugal engines. The world’s most successful premium vehicle will also see its first mass-market hybrid version in Autumn 2012, the ActiveHybrid 3.
The F30 will come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with an eight-speed automatic – a first in this segment class – available as an option for all four engine choices; both the manual and the automatic models are equipped with Auto Start-Stop function.
Exterior, elements include the new BMW face, with flat headlights reaching along as far as the kidney grille, and an accentuated width, which helps to improve the car’s presence. Aside from the merged headlights/grille design, the F30 replaces the central air intake of the E90 with two larger intakes, positioned underneath the headlights to the outer edges of the front end. Interior features include a driver-focused cockpit, angled towards the driver by seven degrees, with the four main circular dials (fuel gauge, speedometer, rev counter and oil temperature gauge) dressed with a black panel display.