As pretty much everyone knows by now, Mr. Chris Bangle has left the BMW ship. Good or bad, you decide. What's more important than that is that a certain Adrian van Hooydonk has taken over the helm of the BMW Group design department. Something even more important than that should be the fact that Mr. van Hooydonk is the guy who penned both the 6-Series beauty AND the 7-Series vomit-inducing sedan of 2001.
That being said, the current 3-Series has been already put through a mild-facelift and we have to tell you, it doesn't look half bad. The front hood has received two extra creases which, together with the Angel Eyes, can make a neophyte mistake this for a product created by the Motorsport Technik department.
Although Bangle would say this is a prime example of "flame surfacing", the overall creases and lines everywhere on the car look actually fluid to us. Especially the exterior rear view mirrors, which are finally looking aerodynamic and not as Bauhaus as the older ones. Other than this, the kidney grill, Hoffmeister kink and the double round headlights (which can now swivel around a corner) are there to inform anyone this comes from the Bayerische Motoren Werke company.
We mostly liked the car's overall stance and its almost perfect proportions, especially the nice wheel arch filling 18-inch alloys, While looked upon from the side, the current 3-Series perpetuates the "land shark" attitude of past Bimmers, especially with the shark fin-like GPS and radio antenna on the hood.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
OK, this car almost, and I emphasize the word "almost"... ahem... changed my perception about automobiles which use that unnameable fuel that is also used by farming equipment and people with too few brain cells. No, I'm not taking that back, it's been... ahem... scientifically proven that diesel fuel's main victim when burned is the brain. Because... ahem... you know, CO2 emissions aren't everything that comes up a car's exhaust.
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