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Old 06-23-2009, 06:36 PM   #1
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Default 2012 BMW 3-series Adds a Turbo Four, Hybrid, and Hatchback to the Range



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BMW is planning to dramatically expand the number of offerings within its various model ranges, especially the strong-selling 3-series that is the backbone of the brand. All eyes are on the next 3, due for 2012.

Aside from the usual body styles—sedan, station wagon, coupe, and retractable-roof convertible—BMW will also build a five-door hatchback version featuring an aggressive design that will combine station-wagon practicality with coupelike style. In other words, the 3-series range will get its own version of the 5-series GT concept, BMW’s attempt to cross-pollinate an SUV and a station wagon. Like the 5-series GT, the 3-series GT will offer two adjustable seats with a center console in the rear and straddle the fine line between BMW SUV and BMW wagon in regard to overall height.

Optional equipment such as a lane-departure warning system, night vision, a system to prevent the driver from nodding off, and radar-based adaptive cruise control with collision-mitigating automatic braking will bring tech features of the 5- and 7-series into the realm of the 3.

Like the current 3-series, powertrain and suspension tuning will remain sporty. But for those who want greater control, BMW will offer a three-stage driving-dynamics button similar to that of Audi’s drive select. It will sharpen or soften damping as well as steering, gearbox, and throttle responses.

A new line of aluminum four-cylinder gas engines will get the latest technology, including variable intake- and exhaust-valve timing, sequential turbochargers, and direct fuel injection. Power output for the four-cylinder line will range from 135 to 220 horsepower—in the U.S., we’ll likely only get the 220-hp version. Purists need not fret; at least one gas inline six-cylinder engine is expected to survive the downsizing to four-cylinder power. But the 300-hp, twin-turbo six-cylinder in the 335i may be replaced by a 2.0-liter, sequential-turbo four-cylinder gas engine making nearly as much horsepower.

BMW will also offer a hybrid version of the 3-series. Like the system in the upcoming X5 hybrid, developed in a joint venture with GM, Chrysler, and Daimler, this one will augment the transmission with two electric motors. Expect a fuel savings of about 20 percent.
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Old 06-23-2009, 06:52 PM   #2
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But the 300-hp, twin-turbo six-cylinder in the 335i may be replaced by a 2.0-liter, sequential-turbo four-cylinder gas engine making nearly as much horsepower.
Kind of disappointing if this is the case.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:15 PM   #3
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The hatch looks nice.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:22 PM   #4
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Kind of disappointing if this is the case.
Nearly as much power with lower weight is generally considered to be a good thing...
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:11 PM   #5
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Nearly as much power with lower weight is generally considered to be a good thing...
IIRC, the 335i already has a 50/50 weight distribution anyway (or close to it), so a drop in overall curb weight will have minimal effect unless it is drastic.

I'll take a little more weight and the low-end response of the TT 3.0 inline-6 over the lighter weight 2.0 I4. Even with sequential turbos, it still is going to be somewhat of a compromise over the current motor.
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:41 PM   #6
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Plus the fact that straight 6's are inherently balanced.
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Old 06-23-2009, 09:45 PM   #7
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they won't bring the hatch 1 series over, doubt we'll get the hatch 3 either.
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:35 PM   #8
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no one is gonna make a comment how ugly it is? oh well..ill make one

GOD its ugly!

do not want
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:42 PM   #9
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I agree with you disaster
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:47 PM   #10
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Looks a bit like a Focus from the a-pillar back, actually... That's probably not a good thing on a BMW.
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:02 PM   #11
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IIRC, the 335i already has a 50/50 weight distribution anyway (or close to it), so a drop in overall curb weight will have minimal effect unless it is drastic.

I'll take a little more weight and the low-end response of the TT 3.0 inline-6 over the lighter weight 2.0 I4. Even with sequential turbos, it still is going to be somewhat of a compromise over the current motor.
LOL you have very little understanding of what makes a car handle well.
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:29 PM   #12
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That photo is just speculation based on the 5 series GT

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Old 06-24-2009, 05:31 AM   #13
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LOL you have very little understanding of what makes a car handle well.
Try reading my post next time and maybe the actual article as well. My post wasn't about what makes a car handle well.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:15 AM   #14
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I want an E90 M3...
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:54 AM   #15
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Looks a bit like a Prius/Insight from the a-pillar back, actually... That's probably not a good thing on a BMW.

*fixed*
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:01 PM   #16
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I hope the hatch looks nice. Fastback/coupe hatches FTW.
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Old 06-24-2009, 12:28 PM   #17
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Two cents from someone who is a fan of the 135i: 1) The idea of a hatch seems better than that picture; 2) Factory turbo sixes are great in general; in this case, peak numbers aside, I bet a BMW 2.0 turbo won't be as strong as their excellent turbo 6.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:40 PM   #18
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Sequential turbochargers on the 2.0 litre I4? I wonder what size they will have to be to work well with such little displacement. I wonder why they are not going with single turbocharger with Variable Vane instead. Using two turbochargers with sequential operation sounds like unnecessary weight and vacuum lines given the access to more advanced turbo technology available today.
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Sequential turbochargers on the 2.0 litre I4? I wonder what size they will have to be to work well with such little displacement. I wonder why they are not going with single turbocharger with Variable Vane instead. Using two turbochargers with sequential operation sounds like unnecessary weight and vacuum lines given the access to more advanced turbo technology available today.
With all honesty, I doubt even a variable vane turbo can match a properly designed sequential setup in an application with such low displacement and such a high power target. Weight and complexity are also not major considerations for BMW, especially not when the engine is sure to be lighter and likely less complicated than the engine it replaces.
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euro pedestrian safety laws strike again (as I drive home from work later and pass by trucks with lift kits on the same roads)

I swear if another car I like gets ruined by that damn BS...
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There is no reason 4cyl or 6cyl cannot bring top performance. The Nissan GT-R proves that with a mere 3.8L V6 making 500 reliable HP and beats all highline performance cars. The next quest is to lose some weight
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