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Lightbulb BMW F31 Touring Spotted Against E91 Touring

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Spy Pics: F31 Touring Spotted Against E91 Touring
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We've spied the upcoming 3 series F31 touring again, but this time we get a look at it against the outgoing 3 series E91 touring model. As one can see, the two share similar rooflines and tailgate shapes. However, the F31's tailgate appears more sculpted, extending out to a more pronounced trunk lip than the E91. The F31's roof spoiler is also flatter than the E91 roof spoiler, giving the F31 roofline a sleeker shape near the C pillar.

The F31's side character line is also deeper and longer, extending all the way into the tail lights, unlike the E91's which ends before reaching the side of the tail lights.

Reviewed together with the F31 rear design patent CGIs (images below), little is left to the imagination as to what the final F31 design is, despite the minimal camouflage still remaining.

The next 3 series touring / wagon is expected to make its debut at the AMI auto show in Leipzig in early June.

The F31 has been confirmed to be making a return to the North American market. In an interview we had at the 2012 NAIAS with Paul Ferraiolo, Manager, Product Planning & Strategy of BMWNA, he confirmed to us that the next generation F31 3 series touring will once again make it stateside.



F31 Touring Prototypes


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F31 Patent Drawings