2012 BMW 3-Series Sedan F30
BMW has revealed the all new 2012 3-Series F30 Sedan. This is the sixth generation of the world's best-selling premium saloon. The car will hit the market in February next year and it will build on the current model's position as the ultimate drivers' car in its sector. It will also be the most logical business proposition, thanks to new powertrains and additional EfficientDynamics fuel-saving, emissions-reducing technologies.
BMW F30 is larger and more spacious than E90. It is also lighter and quicker, more fuel-efficient; and more nimble and agile while even safer. There have been big steps forward in style, quality, comfort and specification for only a minimal price increase. A wider choice of trim levels and an extensive personalisation programme will allow 3 Series Saloon buyers to order virtually a bespoke car.
F30 continues to be the ultimate driver's car by featuring rear-wheel-drive layout, near-perfect 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution, agile chassis set-up and responsive engines.
The engine range includes a new four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol unit with whopping 245PS and 350Nm of torque. This engine is installed in 328i and replaces the six-cylinder 3.0-litre engines in the previous 325i and 330i. 0 to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and a staggering 44 mpg on combined cycle with CO2 emissions below 150g/km. The new unit features High-Precision Direct Injection, BMW's new TwinScroll turbocharging, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC variable valve opening technology. The other petrol engine on offer is the 3.0-litre six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo unit in the 335i.
The diesels are an improved 2.0-litre in 320d with 184PS and 320d EfficientDynamics with 163PS, which is capable of doing 68.9mpg fuel consumption and just 109g/km CO2. Previously only available as a manual, the 320d EfficientDynamics is also now available with the new 8-speed automatic transmission.
Less than a month after launch, three new engines will be added. There will be 316d and 318d diesels, powered respectively by 116PS and 143PS variants of the 2.0-litre diesel engine, plus another version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This will slot into the new 320i, and will be tuned to deliver 184PS and 270Nm of torque, with the same free-revving, supremely flexible character of all other BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engines.
BMW UK can confirm that towards the end of 2012 it will introduce four-wheel-drive and hybrid powertrains to the 3 Series Saloon for the first time in the UK. BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system has been available on the 3 Series in some markets previously, and has now been engineered for right-hand-drive cars. It will be of particular benefit to owners who live in areas prone to extremes of bad weather, and will be available with selected petrol and diesel engines.
The ActiveHybrid 3 will arrive at roughly the same time, and will use the powertrain recently announced for the ActiveHybrid 5. This pairs the 335i's 306PS six-cylinder engine with an up to 40kW electric motor in a particularly intelligent and efficient way.
Check out the price list, below!
|Model||Price OTR from||Power Hp||Torque Nm||0 – 62mph Seconds||Top speed Mph||Combined Mpg||CO2 Emissions g/km|
|BMW 328i Saloon||£29,060||245||350||5.9 (6.1)||155*||44.1 (44.8)||149 (147)|
|BMW 335i Saloon||£35,525||306||400||5.5 (5.5)||155*||35.8 (39.2)||186 (169)|
|BMW 320d Saloon||£28,080||184||380||7.5 (7.6)||146 (143)||62.8 (64.2)||120 (118)|
|BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon||£28,080||163||380||8.0 (8.1)||143 (141)||68.9 (68.9)||109 (109)|