• Nov 19, 2010
BMW 3 Series spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Lately, we've been hearing a lot about BMW's plans to expand its model line with more niche models like the X6 and 5 Series Gran Turismo. We've heard talks of a new X4 crossover, a 3 Series GT and even a hatchback M3. It's all a bit maddening, yes, but never fear – BMW has not forgotten about its core models, especially the all-important 3 Series sedan. After all, the four-door 3er is quite possibly the most important benchmark vehicle in the automotive marketplace. We do talk about it quite a bit.

BMW 3 Series interior spy shotOur sneaky spy photographers have just snapped this 3 Series prototype out testing on public roads, and while the exterior hasn't been altered too much from other development cars we've seen, our photogs managed to snap the 3er's reworked interior for the first time. Breathe easy, folks – it isn't too far removed from what we've come to know in the current E90 car. The dash has more sculpted lines, the steering wheel is beefier and has some more functional buttons and the center console features BMW's new remote-sized shifter.

We're still unsure as to what BMW has lurking under the hood, but we can expect the usual host of six-cylinder powertrains, both turbocharged and naturally aspirated. Of course, there's always the possibility of a four-cylinder option, too. Until we get the official word, we'll hug our current E90s and wait patiently. See the latest set of spy shots for yourself in the gallery below.



[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Noticed the "off" and "ready" on the tach - must have stop/start function. Cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whats that giant rotary knob for between the seats? I mean already see two perfect knows on the dash for what seems like radio controls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The two large knobs on the dash are the temperature adjusters for the dual-zone climate control.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *knobs
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two gripes, one big rave: 1) What's with the useless silver trim plastic 'smile' on all the new BMW steering wheels? It look cheap and superfluous. I doubt Hyundai would tack on a useless piece of plastic. BMW shouldn't either. 2) Side blinkers built into mirrors seem like an idea only an autobody shop owner would dream up. I know they're all over every 'upscale' car but to me, they're kinda dumb and really vulnerable.

      One rave: Our eight year old 3-series wagon is utterly brilliant. Man is that car built beautifully. The carpet doesn't stain- the dash never looks dusty, the doors clunk as you want them to, zero rattles... it's just a total class act- even with almost 70,000 miles and very little expense over the years and it handles as if it were new. Perfection.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BMW's mules almost always have fake side turn signals in their mirrors made of amber-color tape. The production models get the same little lamps in the fenders.

        I prefer the mirror-integrated type because they're more visible to cars in the adjacent lane (which is the main reason for having them), and because BMW either fails to integrate their fender-mounted lamps into the car's styling very well (as on the current E9x) or makes them into chrome-trimmed monuments (as on the new 7).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have sat in the new 5er many times and absolutely love the new gauge cluster. One thing that baffles me is why BMW doesn't move the tach on their performance models to the left?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've never been in a BMW before until recently. I always hear how the interior is very teutonic. I have to say, it's not up the quality that I had expected, well then again it just the lowest model, 09 3 series. The whole thing is about the quality of my 04 c class. The door handle is a two piece hollow-ish plastic, worst than my car, but at least it doesn't break every 6 months or so like mine. Heck the Lexus IS350 have better quality. I guess bmw are for status and handling? Does the upper models get better interiors? I've lost most of my enthusiasm for this brand and totally demystified.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Profile's showing off some very IS300-ish proportions so far as I can tell, and that I like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like someone melted a bar of soap. No character.
        • 4 Years Ago
        John H - did you notice the information display below/surrounding the 'floating' gauges. Looks pretty sweet in a subtle way - which in fact does sound a lot like 1985 BMWs. Not a bad thing at all!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are judging a car that is fully camouflaged and that is not even out yet? That truly shows me your intelligence. I hope Bmw has focused on what makes the Bmw 3 series so great, which is the performance and handling.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ pdxghr , you see into the future ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jcelian, yes I am giving a critical opinion of the car's shape. Just because the car isn't "out yet" doesn't mean I can't see the shape under the camouflage. It's boring. I made no statement on the handling or performance. Perhaps you should settle down and talk to your doctor about anger management therapy. Relax, you'll live longer.
      MichaelM
      • 4 Years Ago
      The window controls are still in the wrong place!
      • 4 Years Ago
      God. I used to love BMW's when i worked for them in 2000-2001. After 2004 they all started looking the same inside and out. Which is not considering they are no longer that great looking. Now the 3, 5, and 7 all look exactly the same inside and out. Same hideously large kidney grille, same headlights, same taillights. And people on here bitch about the Dodge cross hair grille....geeez. Dont get me started on the 1982 gauge cluster. Terrible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Despite all of the swirls and loops, I can still make out a hood that looks like a loaf of split top bread.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Re: interior
      80s are back!
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow! who could have seen this coming! it's going to be a slightly smaller 5 series. SHOCKING! not. yawn.
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