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      04-22-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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New F30 3 series renders from Autoexpress

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Take a look at the BMW that’s really going to put the ‘three’ into 3-Series. These exclusive images show you just how the firm’s new compact executive is going to look – and under its striking body lies a fresh range of engines, including a line-up of super-efficient three-cylinder units.

Together with improved aerodynamics, a hi-tech transmission system and integrated cabin wi-fi, it’s all part of BMW’s plan to offer the most advanced 3-Series ever.

As you can see from these images, good looks are matched to the clever kit. Mixing influences from the original Concept CS – first revealed at the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show – with those of the latest 5-Series Granturismo, the new 3-Series’ front end is sleek and sharp.

Lines from the wide kidney grilles to the windscreen really emphasise the strength of the design around the nose, while in profile, the sculpted sides and kinked C-pillar are teamed with a chunky swage line that cuts through the door handles.

While the 3-Series will keep its famous front-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout, hardly anything else will be traditional. Essentially one half of the firm’s new 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, a new 1.5-litre three-
cylinder unit will be available in petrol and diesel form.

Boosted by turbochargers, both will produce around 150bhp and thanks to their compact size, will offer real advantages in terms of packaging and weight distribution.

Fitted with all the usual EfficientDynamics gizmos – including stop-start and energy recuperation – the new units will make BMW’s current four-cylinder line-up redundant. The diesel is set to return 75mpg and emit less than 100g/km of CO2, for example.

Further up the range, a new 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo unit will offer the performance and soundtrack that BMW buyers have become accustomed too. However, to improve efficiency it will be available with an all-
new eight-speed automatic transmission and stop-start.

The aerodynamics will be improved by enclosing as much of the chassis as possible, managing the flow of air around the wheels and also the cooling air that enters the engine bay. By doing so, the drag coefficient will be reduced to around 0.28.

Inside, the cabin will follow themes from the latest 5-Series, but it will take a huge leap forward with wi-fi. This will allow the 3-Series owners to get up-to-the-minute traffic information from the Internet.

We’ve seen plenty of spy shots of the new generation model in near production-ready form, indicating that a launch isn’t very far away. The new car is set to be revealed in the coming months, with sales starting in early 2011.

Read more: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/au...#ixzz0lrTwWFtk
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      04-22-2010, 03:38 PM   #2
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i think it's pretty poor. Middle of E90 and then some mix of CS and 5er. I think ive seen much better renders.
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We’ve seen plenty of spy shots of the new generation model in near production-ready form, indicating that a launch isn’t very far away. The new car is set to be revealed in the coming months, with sales starting in early 2011.
B.S.

7-year life cycle. Sales will start in 2012 as a 2013 model.
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      04-22-2010, 04:24 PM   #4
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That is by far the most hideous render yet of the F30. There is no way in hell the actual car is going to look anything like this. And if it does, may god be with BMW.
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      04-22-2010, 04:24 PM   #5
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Auto Express are normally pretty poor with their renderings. Look at that rear bumper!!!
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That whole thing is hideous
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Is it possible that BMW will cut the e90 life cycle a year short and have the f30 ready for sale by next year?
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Integrated cabin wi-fi? Is this a new way for various electronic components to communicate without using a traditional wiring harness?
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That is FREAGGIN FUGLY! I am hoping this rendering is WAY OFF!
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dear god thats ugly!!! i really dont like it at all.
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      04-22-2010, 05:59 PM   #17
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Looks like that fugly new Hyundai
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Hope this render is wrong or... good-bye BMW...
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      04-22-2010, 06:08 PM   #19
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if this will look like this i never buy a BMW again .. the ugliest car ever
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hmm.... i doubt the tails are like that.. spy shots have shown that they are actually round.... it should be quite far off..
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The 0.28 drag coefficient is likely with the shown shape, and the news about switching to a three cylinder engine replacing the four cylinder is interesting.
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Major *thumbsdown* for that front end.
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