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      05-06-2011, 09:19 AM   #1
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Arrow Red BMW F30 3-series Interior Reveals Semi Black Panel Display + Lane Change Warning

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Red BMW F30 3-series Interior Reveals Black Panel Display, Lane Change Warning, Auto Start-Stop
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What a week it's been for F30 testing. Throughout the week, we've brought you 40+ F30 photos [seen here], in all various colors and models. We now share photos of the first red F30 3-series 335i sedan spied, together with the best F30 interior photos yet. Here is what we see revealed by the interior photos:


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Auto Start-Stop

We're fairly certain that the center dashboard as shown here isn't the final version/trim. It rather appears to be a cobbled together combination of interior panels BMW had at hand -- particularly the center console, air condition, and radio units, which seem to be sourced from another car.

What appears to be production level however is the instrument cluster. You can see the Auto Start/Stop feature in the tachometer. Additional markings make it easier for the driver to see if the engine is off because of Auto Start/Stop (needle sits at "READY") or if the engine is off altogether (needle sits at "OFF").


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Semi Black Panel Display

These photos also offer a good glimpse at the information display in the lower part of the instrument cluster. BMW began implementing black panel display technology with their full black panel displays in the F01 7-series, a feature which will trickle down across the whole model range. But, as expected, the black panel display is smaller (and partial) in the F30. It isn't a full black panel display -- the markings for the speedometer and tachometer aren't shown via black panel but traditional permanent markings [compare to full black panel display on F10]. Nonetheless, the black panel tech and size of the display used for the on-board computer and other information like radio settings is a vast improvement over the E9x 3-series.



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Lane Change Warning System

Finally, this shot confirms that BMW's Lane Change Warning feature will be available for the F30 as well. Sensors at each side of the F30 will continuously check for cars in the left or right hand blindspots. If a car is detected, a small warning triangle in the housings of the exterior mirrors will light up (see photo to the right) and the steering wheel will vibrate. With these types of new technologies, the F30 will surely be the safest 3-series yet.

Here is how the technology works in the F10 5-series:
Radars and cameras monitor conditions and warn the driver of lane changes and vehicles coming too close.

At the rear of the vehicle the Lane Change Warning uses radar sensors to inform the driver via a symbol on the wing mirror if there is a vehicle currently in their blind spot or if a vehicle is approaching quickly from the rear. As soon as the driver uses the indicator to change lanes, they are warned in potentially dangerous situations by a flashing LED signal and vibrations.

The camera positioned at the front of the vehicle assists the Lane Departure Warning system. When travelling above 70 km/h the system monitors road markings and their position versus the car as well as the edge of the road or lane. The system is activated whenever the vehicle leaves its current lane unintentionally and alerts the driver by making the steering wheel vibrate. When the driver indicates their intention to change the lane by using the indicator, there is no warning signal.


One last thing of note we notice is the presence of a manual parking brake. Other recent BMW models have moved to exclusively using electric parking brakes, so the F30 3-series seems to break with the recent trend, at least in prototype form.

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Very nice, I still drive my e90, i really like those black panel displays
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why dont they use just for once a different interior, not the same as 5,6,7 series?!
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      05-06-2011, 01:00 PM   #4
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Love it! Love it! Love it!

This is going to blow the competition into the stone age. I can't wait for it!!!
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why dont they use just for once a different interior, not the same as 5,6,7 series?!
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why dont they use just for once a different interior, not the same as 5,6,7 series?!
Economies of scale?
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Anybody know about the brakes? They look like the 135's calipers, much better IMO.
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Glad they are keeping the manual parking brake. In DC at least, one must have a manual parking brake located between the two front seats in the vehicle used to take the driving test.

It's good to know BMW are looking out for the interests of new drivers who'll have a BMW 3er as their first car.
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Hate the shifter; by far my second least favorite thing about my X5.
But I`m super glad that they kept it a manual handbrake though; the electronic handbrake is by far my number one least favorite thing about my X5.
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Poor, I think I must have this latest version of the car face and glances E30
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I like it so far, will be interesting to see what the final center console/radio/HVAC look like. Let's hope they make some features standard that should be standard on a car in this class. Not holding my breath though.
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what's that button above "START/STOP" button? anyone's guess?
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what's that button above "START/STOP" button? anyone's guess?
That's the button to turn off auto start-stop.


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It's growing on me.

I'm interested in seeing if we'll get a 340i or a 335i... I think 335i just sounds better.
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i dont think they have enough buttons on the steering wheel
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Same thing I was thinking!
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It's growing on me.
I just see the 3er as the right car for the exigencies of daily duties. It's a car for a purpose, so it doesn't matter much what it looks like, for I doubt BMW would make its bread and butter car that controversially styled.

That said, it is nice to like what one's car looks like.

(BTW...not criticizing; just commenting...)
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i dont like most of it. I do like the cluster and maybe the start/stop but the design of the climate control and numbered buttons looks so cheap, like a 1 series.
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We're fairly certain that the interior as shown here isn't the final version. It rather appears to be a cobbled together combination of interior panels BMW had at hand -- particularly the center console, air condition, and radio units, which seem to be sourced from another car.
Phew i was scared there for a bit!

Looks like the windows controls arent out of reach anymore. Then again i was wishful thinking they be in the center like the E46 days.
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