It has been a while, but the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan has finally arrived. The world most sought after sport sedan has just officially unveiled to the world with a fresh design. And now its competitors will have a new set of benchmarks to contend with.
For the 2012 model, the BMW 3 Series sedan is more inline with the looks of the 5 Series and 7 Series sedans. It has gotten a bit taller and wider: its front track is 1.46 inches wider, the rear by 1.85 inches wider, and length has increased by 3.66 inches. Noticeable changes are in the front fascia, which we see a new, larger twin-kidney grille extended continuously to both sides of the larger headlights. As a result, it creates an impression of a uniformed front fascia. The overall look of the new 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan is similar to the 5 Series sedan.
The new 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan will be available in four trim levels: Sport Line, Luxury Line, Modern Line and M Sport Package. The Sport Line comes with gloss black trim along with red accents in the interior. The Luxury Trim is more of a show-off “bling bling” type, with contrast chrome accents and a unique set of 18-inch multi-spoke wheels. The Modern Line is subtle and clean, which comes with satin aluminum trim along with 18-inch turbine-style wheels. And the last version is the performance M Sport Package, which changes the shape of the new sedan with its aerodynamics package and 18- or 19-inch M Design wheels. The M Sport Package 3 Series sedan comes with an M Sport suspension and M short-shifter as well.
In the powertrain department, the new 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan will also get the new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine added to its range of engine offerings. The new turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is capable of producing 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, which will replace the 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder in the BMW 328i model. Fuel economy is U.S. EPA-estimated at around 23 city and 34 highway miles per gallon. According to BMW, the 2012 BMW 328i Series sedan can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and with an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.
Moving up the higher end version is the 2012 BMW 335i sedan, it gets the N55 turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine producing 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. To further enhance fuel efficiency, BMW also added Auto Start-Stop technology, Brake Energy Regeneration, an ECO PRO mode and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW claims that the 335i sedan has an estimated fuel economy rating of 32.6 miles per gallon.
In addition, the 2013 BMW 3 Series sedan will also get a hybrid variant called the ActiveHybrid 3 later on. The 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 sedan has a combined power output of 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. BMW hasn’t released fuel economy numbers for this powerplant yet.
For safety equipment in the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan, it gets a slew of new upgrades: new full-color Heads-Up Display, Active Blind Spot Detection System, Camera monitoring for a Lane Departure Warning System and Collision Warning, and a new Surround View system with Top View and Side View.
BMW has also announced that the 2012 BMW 328i and 335i will arrive in U.S. dealerships by February 2012, while the all-wheel-drive BMW 328i and 335i xDrive models will be available this summer, and the ActiveHybrid 3 will be available in the fall of 2012. As always, we try to bring a video to you when available. Enjoy!