Spy Shots: 2013 BMW 3-Series
February 2, 2011
by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
The current E90 BMW 3-Series has been on the market since 2005, so it's only fitting that details about the next-gen model are beginning to circulate. Most agree that the next model will feature styling lifted, at least in part, from the Concept CS, though also expect to see a healthy dose of the new corporate styling debuted on the latest 7-Series.
These are the latest spy shots of a prototype for the new car, revealing very similar proportions to the current model and with the production head and tail lights installed. The rest of details are heavily masked, although we can see that the new 2013 BMW 3-Series will feature a much sleeker overall design than previous models.
Due in late 2012, the new car will pay special attention to efficiency, and it will achieve that goal through extensive use of BMW's EfficientDynamics technology. Low drag aerodynamics, smaller engines, and high-tech electronics will combine to make the next 3-Series a step above the current car.
A huge change for the 2013 model year car could be the addition of three-cylinder engines to the lineup. Though these wouldn't likely be seen in the U.S. during the first half of the next 3-series model life, they could eventually make their way across the pond if fuel efficiency and emissions regulations continue to tighten past 2016. We do know that a four-cylinder engine with turbocharging is likely to replace the naturally aspirated six-cylinder model in the base 3-Series.
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