2012 BMW 3 Series unveiled

Posted October 14, 2011 by in News | No comments yet

The BMW 3 Series has been the most lauded sport sedan in the world for longer than we can remember. Worthy competitors pop up, only to fall short of beating this benchmark by some subjective measure that can’t be quantified. So it’s a big deal when the 3 Series is up for a clean sheet redesign. Not one to refuse a challenge, BMW stepped up to the task of redesigning its best-selling vehicles and came up with this, the redesigned 2012 BMW 3 Series.
BMW clearly wanted to bring the design of the new 3 Series more in-line with the look of its other new cars, mainly the 5, 6 and 7 Series. To that end, the most visible difference is up front, where the car’s nose has grown in size. Likely a nod to European safety standards that require taller hoods for pedestrian safety, the 3 Series’ new schnoz is both taller and wider than before.

The new, larger twin-kidney grille is also no longer separated from the headlights, which are also bigger. Instead, the grille surrounds meet a small portion of the lights to create the impression of a more unified front fascia. It looks a bit like the 5 Series, but also appears to draw inspiration from the forthcoming i8. The new 3 Series looks most familiar, from the side while the new rear end shows off the car’s larger trunk.

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