The current and latest iteration of the BMW 3 Series was launched at the beginning of October 2011 featuring a world of upgrades on top of the model it replaces.
Bavaria’s great car maker refreshed the design drawing in some cues of inspiration from the higher class F10 BMW 5 Series, together with some new, aggressive lines while still retaining the familiar saloon shape.
Inside the F30 BMW 3 Series things are less simple to describe than that. There’s a choice between three trim levels known as Sport Line, Modern Line and Luxury Line, together with a host of amazing optional extras.
Special treats come in the shape of the 2012 BMW 3 Series M Sport package and all of the associated bonuses of an M badge despite not being a complete one.
A short list of notable options on the F30 BMW 3 Series includes a full color high definition head up display system, ConnectedDrive infotainment system, Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go, real-time traffic info and the lane change and lane departure warning systems.
On top of these the parking assistant now includes more cameras than a small TV crew has to work with enabling the driver to view just about any angle of the car on the interior screen.
There are four engine options available from the outset with the new F30 BMW 3 Series, two of which are petrol powered and and the other two being diesel burners.
F30’s BMW 328i is powered by the company’s new 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo 4 cylinder engine that pushes out 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque all available as early as the needle hits 1.250 rpm.
The 2012 version of the BMW 335i is powered by a N55 3.0 liter 6 cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine making 305 horsepower and 300 lb-ft starting from 1.200 rpm. This engine is almost identical to the version you could find in the E90 3 Series.
On the diesel side, we find the same 2.0 liter turbocharged four pot pushing out 184 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque in the BMW 320d and 163 horses when in the BMW 320ed.
Fuel economy is up from previous generations with manufacturer claims for the F30 BMW 3 Series coming in at 36.7 mpg US for the 328i, 32.6 mpg US for the 335i, 52.2 mpg for the 320d and an impressive 57.3 US mpg for the 320 ed.
Production of the F30 BMW 3 Series started at the company’s plants in Munich and Regensburg in Germany and Roslyn, South Africa.
Pricing in Germany for the F30 BMW 3 Series spans between €35.350 for a 320d and €43.600 for a top of the line 335i.