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2012 3-series (F30) Winter Testing Spy Photos

2012 3-series (F30) Winter Testing Spy Photos
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The next generation F30 3-series sedan is currently undergoing winter testing in northern Sweden. It wears the same heavy camouflage as the previous sightings, so these photos are best for determining proportions, size, and stance. Thus far, the F30 test mules spied have all had great proportions and stance. The F30 will be slightly larger and have a longer wheelbase than the current E90 sedan but features shorter overhangs to maintain sporty and squat proportions. [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]Consistent with current BMW design language, the F30 will have wider and lower kidney grilles and the front fascia will be more upright than the E90 design. [See HERE for a great preliminary illustrated comparison of the F30 and E90]

Engine options will include a full range of turbo and naturally aspirated 6-cylinder motors, 4-cylinder motors, and possibly even a new 3-cylinder motor. The F30 335i will again be powered by a turbo 6 cylinder motor.

According to our BMW longterm roadmap (, the F30 3-series sedan will make its world public debut at the 2012 Geneva Autoshow in March of 2012. The F32 coupe will be unveiled a year later in 2013.

You can follow our complete F30/F32 coverage at:

* And no, those are not the real tailights or in any way a representation of the real tailight shape or form! Nor are the reflector strips on the side view mirrors headed for production.

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Comparison of size/shape/profile from a tracing based on spy photos:

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