BMW 3-Series Production to Stop in October 2011, New One Coming Next Spring

Why would BMW announce that production of the current BMW 3-Series Sedan ends in October 2011? The answer to that question is hidden in the word “current”, as the next generation is due in spring of next year. No more spy shots, no more rumors and speculations, the world of middle management will have a new set of wheels.

The next-generation BMW 3-Series will be built on a new modular platform. It will carry over the proportions and overall size but will get a major redesign. What kind of redesign? Just take a look at the new 2011 BMW 5-Series. While we don’t expect it to follow exactly the same design direction, it will come sporting more aggressive lines and features.

BMW is also going back to its roots with a wider and lower kidney grille. BMW Blog also indicates that the new sedan will have a wheelbase that is at least 1.5 inches longer than the current generation.

Recent spyshots have indicated that the overall proportions remain largely unchanged, which is actually a good thing, as the 3-Series is already one of the most sporty-looking cars in its segment. The convertible and coupe versions will look different, but this is a very good starting point in our opinion. The front and rear appearance will be differentiated from the sedan with unique shaped lighting units and design sculpture.

Next generation 3-series 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. BMW will also enable the next 3-Series to feature the very latest in Efficient Dynamics technologies. There will probably also be an active hybrid model using a range extended three-cylinder engine connected to an electric motor.
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