It’s not exactly privileged information that the current BMW 3 Series range is nearing the end of its life cycle, but a new report suggests the end of this generation may be even closer than we originally thought. BMW Blog says production of the U.S.-spec 335d diesel sedan will end in August, while production of the gas-powered 328i and 335i sedans will cease in October.
Surprising? Hardly. We already knew BMW has been working on the next-gen model for quite some time, having seen several prototypes on the road (and an official teaser video, no less). According to BMW Blog, the new car will go on sale in the spring of 2012; given that timeline, it makes sense for production of the current 3 Series to end this fall, as the automaker needs time to retool the assembly line and ramp up production for the spring launch. And as one BMW representative coyly noted, it would also fit in with BMW’s practice of overhauling each of its model lines seven years after an introduction.
The new 3 — known internally as F30 — will look more revolutionary than evolutionary, although its shape will fall in-step with the muscular, streamlined forms applied to the larger 5- and 7 Series sedans introduced in the past few years. Look the company’s new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, inline-four cylinder engine (that made its debut in the Z4 sDrive28i) wind its way underhood, along with an all-new turbocharged inline-six for 335i models.
Expect the new 3 Series to make its debut later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, or at the start of 2012.
Source: BMW Blog