The new 3 series is quite a bore, looking like a smaller 5 series. Why is Beemer going conservative? I would rather have oddly shaped (Bangle Butt), than be a total stiff. Yes, yes! The driving dynamics are probably great, all that and a bag of chips with a milkshake (yes, I’m a nineties baby), but dang I thought Merc was the old man’s car? They look real good right now! So, this sparks off another Beemer Audi Merc debate, with Beemer losing points that’s for sure!
Will it grow on me at some point? Maybe, but right now I don’t see such happenings.
BMW has introduced the next-generation 2012 3-Series.
The next 3-Series is bigger than its predecessor. The new 3er is 93 mm (3.66 inches) longer than the previous model, offering up 15 mm (0.59 inches) more legroom and 8 mm (.0315 inches) more headroom for the passengers at the back.
BMW will initially offer the 3-Series in four variants – the 328i and 335i on the petrol side, and the 320d and 320d EfficienctDynamics on the diesel end.
The range-topping 335i comes with a twin-turbo 3.0 liter inline six-cylinder unit producing 306 PS (225 kW / 302 hp).
The new 3er still offers the 320d EfficientDynamics with 163 PS (120 kW / 161 hp) with a fuel-economy rating of just 4.1 liters/100 km and a CO2 quotient of 109 g/km.
As for pricing in Europe, the 320d will sell for €35,350 and the 335i will start at €43,600.
The new BMW 3-Series will go on sale February 11, 2012 in markets around the world.
Other variants will be added in the spring of 2012 while a full-hybrid variant of the 3-Series will be launched next autumn.