• Dec 20, 2009
The next BMW 3-Series spied in camo -- Click above to watch the video

The next BMW 3 Series, codenamed F30, was filmed at a gas station enduring some cold weather testing. Even in its psychedelic-swirl coating, the mule shows that the 5 Series' growth was no aberration -- the next 3 will be large. Watch for the man to emerge from the back seat in the video. Not long ago he wouldn't have even fit in a 3'er.

That's not all der neue 3 takes from its larger sibling: the elevated hoodline and what appears to be a return to unfussy lines down the side are also noted. We've yet to see much in the way of tech details, but the car will share its chassis with the next 1 Series, and this could be the 3 to receive the full weight of BMW's ActiveHybrid and EfficientDynamics goodies. Whatever engine they've got in this prototype, though, sounds good. Follow the jump for the video. Hat tip to Alexander

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is obviously a 7 Series.
      Look at the size of that gigantic bastard that got out of the back seat.
      The car just looks small compared to him . lol

      In all seriousness, how the hell did he fit back there?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm starting to hate BMW more and more as each of these new things start to come out. X6, 5 GT... all just pointlessly stupid. They've clearly lost their way. This new 3 was supposed to be smaller, lighter, more nimble... What the hell is that thing?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks live a Volvo not a BMW
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks absolutely NOTHING like a BMW in any way shape or form (other than having 4 wheels and some glass). To me, this means one of three things:

      1. The camo is REALLY good.
      2. This is a leak.
      3. This is another make of car, possibly something larger, with a big V8 (which is what it sounded like to me).

      If this IS a BMW, and it IS the F30, they are going the wrong direction with it. It needs to be smaller and lighter... like the E30 was.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I welcome a larger 3 series, I have an 06 330i and it could use a bit more room!
        • 5 Years Ago
        A larger 3-series is called a 5-series.

        I am sooo sick of this BS where with each generation gets bigger and bigger.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No no no no no...the car already is too heavy, and it's not a frickin' family sedan, it's a sports sedan. If you need the backseat get a 5er. I'm tired of every company making their cars BIGGER and more BLOATED! ARGH!

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I too like that the current-gen 3 is a really great size -- not too big! Why do I need to fit a man that large in my backseat?
        While I'm sure the F30 will be gorgeous, I'm not happy about it's weight gain!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why didn't the guy shooting the video just go up and ask questions?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, a very large German just got out of the back. That's not a 3 series. That's a 3 and a half.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They do their best to disguise it... yet they let 2 minutes worth of video roll on it?

      Reminds me of how Google keeps their new phone a secret... by letting all sorts of media come out about it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But really, if it weren't for the caption would you even be able to tell that it's a BMW, let alone a 3-series?
        I'm sure they're not too concerned about the video.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What can they do? They are in a public place. I've been in that situation before and it is extremely annoying. Especially when you know you're going to be all over the internet in about 3 hours.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seeing how this mule has the exhaust separated like on the 335i and it sounds like a gas engine, I am going to say it has the N55 motor in it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a little curious as to where this video is filmed...
      At the end of the video two VW's roll by (The 3 merges behind them) with some odd gear on top. The trailing one is a Jetta, but with a lower rear bumper that looks to be hiding something. Odd.
        • 5 Years Ago
        SamTheGeek:> It's filmed in northern Sweden where most carmakers wintertest their cars... The VW:s and the Landrover are probably testcars aswell
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 1-Series is the new 3-Series I guess. At least in size and handling.
      • 5 Years Ago
      idiot.
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