Radical changes for next BMW 3-Series

Radical changes for next BMW 3-Series

BMW Concept CS fq 1

The next generation BMW 3-series is scheduled to arrive in around two year’s time and it is set for some radical revisions. The new model will be the first in the BMW range to receive a range of turbocharged three-cylinder engines in both gas and diesel forms, and will possibly be 1.5-litre mills. The engines will be in essence halved versions of the latest generation inline-sixes.

BMW’s current six-cylinder diesels use a sequential dual turbo setup with small and large blowers to offer both quick response and increased top-end gusto. The new engines may even utilise an electric motor to spin up the turbo quickly meaning only a single turbo will be required, reducing weight and complexity.

Another area of focus for the upcoming 3-Series will be aerodynamics with air ducts in the lower front bumper shifting air out just ahead of the front wheels, creating a virtual wheel skirt. The high velocity over the wheels will prevent air from splitting around the sides and spilling around the wheels, a major source of drag.

BMW is also looking to make the next 3-series less expensive to build and therefore to buy as it aims for larger volume sales. What exactly that will mean for compromises in terms of equipment lists or simply a lower-end range of models to entice entry-level luxury buyers isn’t clear just yet.

Other areas of improvement will include weight reductions, the incorporation of hybrid drive technologies, low-power climate control systems and eight-speed automatic transmissions.

Expect to see the new 3-Series in showrooms by late 2012.

BMW Concept CS fq 1

The next generation BMW 3-series is scheduled to arrive in around two year’s time and it is set for some radical revisions. The new model will be the first in the BMW range to receive a range of turbocharged three-cylinder engines in both gas and diesel forms, and will possibly be 1.5-litre mills. The engines will be in essence halved versions of the latest generation inline-sixes.

BMW’s current six-cylinder diesels use a sequential dual turbo setup with small and large blowers to offer both quick response and increased top-end gusto. The new engines may even utilise an electric motor to spin up the turbo quickly meaning only a single turbo will be required, reducing weight and complexity.

Another area of focus for the upcoming 3-Series will be aerodynamics with air ducts in the lower front bumper shifting air out just ahead of the front wheels, creating a virtual wheel skirt. The high velocity over the wheels will prevent air from splitting around the sides and spilling around the wheels, a major source of drag.

BMW is also looking to make the next 3-series less expensive to build and therefore to buy as it aims for larger volume sales. What exactly that will mean for compromises in terms of equipment lists or simply a lower-end range of models to entice entry-level luxury buyers isn’t clear just yet.

Other areas of improvement will include weight reductions, the incorporation of hybrid drive technologies, low-power climate control systems and eight-speed automatic transmissions.

Expect to see the new 3-Series in showrooms by late 2012.

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