Shocker: 2012 BMW 3 Series minus one cylinder?

2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan Render

2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan Render

BMW does things differently and this is one reason why it’s cars are at the forefront of both technology as well as sales. Days ago, the 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan was spotted doing testing duties at Nurgburgring and while the spy pics don’t give anything much away, the car seems to be slightly bigger than the existing model. This will be one major change in the 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan giving it some more interior space which is one area that does needs some improving over the exiting model.

Apart from this change, the 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan is expected to be hark back to the design radicality of the Chris Bangle era and is hence poised to look edgier appealing especially to the younger crowd who like their BMWs to be sharp than subtle. In line with this, the 2007 BMW CS concept is expected to provide plenty of inspiration for the next gen 3 Series Beemer. But the biggest and the most radical of the changes is where the action really is, in the engine bay.

The auto blogosphere is abuzz with stories of the 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan featuring 3 cylinder, single turbo diesel and petrol engines with class leading fuel efficiency and the lowest possible emissions. But BMW being BMW will not disappoint the hordes of enthusiasts who buy a Beemer to mash the gas pedal and grin from ear to ear. So, the BMW 3 Cylinder Diesel is expected to have about 150-170 horses with 200-300 NM of twist.

While these figures aren’t earth shattering, mating all this power and torque to an 8 speed slush box borrowed from the big brother 5 Series will ensure that even the 1.5 Liter engined BMW will be a stonking drive. So, this is all about the 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan, which will see an European launch somewhere in the middle of 2011, after which India could be on the cards as BMW India has been launching all if it’s cars soon after their global launches.

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