x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

iSpy: 2012 BMW 3 Series

The body looks familiar, but with slimmer lines and a widened grille.

BMW 3 Series. Lehmann Photo-Syndication
BMW 3 Series. Lehmann Photo-Syndication

This spy shot shows that the next generation of the BMW 3 Series will keep the proportions of a typical 3 Series, evident since the E36 through to the E46 and currently the E90 - meaning squat proportions, short rear overhang and wheels placed to each corner. The overall look will be slimmer and more toned compared with the current 3 Series. The typical BMW glasshouse remains with the new design link of a shadow Hofmeister kink as featured on the 7 Series and X1. The front of the car receives a widened, but not too large, kidney grille, smaller than on the current 5 Series, with shapely headlamps surrounding the grille. The rear of the car offers a typical BMW layout with the classic L-shape lighting units.