New pictures of the 2012 BMW 3 Series have surfaced, showing the car without camouflage. There is possibly no more important sedan for BMW than the 3 Series. It's the car with a burnished reputation, and the 2012 3 Series will be here soon. Because of its monumental importance to both BMW and every other manufacturer that benchmarks it, an entire corner of the automotive industry is on tenterhooks waiting to see what comes out of the Black Forest Bavarian Alps.

And here it (apparently) is. Not surprisingly, the 2012 3 Series looks a lot like the 2011 5 Series, only smaller. The resemblance is especially strong in the taillights, the shape of the hood and the strong character line down the flanks. These new pictures, from Spanish site bmwfaq.com, are the clearest view we've yet gotten of the new 3 Series, and while it may not be any more surprising, it's still a lot more interesting than the 2012 Toyota Camry that's been leaking out.


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      axebmw
      • 3 Years Ago
      it looks pretty good. That said, it's proportions seem to be basically the same as the old one. Almost looks like just a simple facelift
      Guy Inkägnētō
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like the current model, only with 5-series GT headlights, and the v-shaped hood depression removed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What the HECK! Do you guys check your LINKS! The BMW FAQ link has picture of the car that when you click on it it attacks your computer! Come ON Autoblog!
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      black forest?! what are you talking about AB?!
        Carlos Cruz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Lachmund
        The Black Forest (German: Schwarzwald, pronounced [ˈʃvaʁt͡svalt]) is a wooded mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany.
          Russell
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Carlos Cruz
          BMW Isn't in the Black Forest or even in Baden-Wurttemberg. It's in Bayern/Bavaria. It's in the name. :)
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Carlos Cruz
          ^^ exactly. i know where the schwarzwald is, but thanks carlos ;) russel said it all
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        amosc105
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why would any of those asian cars be better than the most popular sports sedan out there? Please, do share.
        Blake
        • 3 Years Ago
        More like Fried_Brain am I right?
        wave9x
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lol speaking of turds, the Acura TL is the ugliest POS on the road today, and Hyundais are built like crap, so your credibility is zero
          Lachmund
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wave9x
          ^^ + 1
          Blake
          • 3 Years Ago
          @wave9x
          If you still think Hyundais are built like crap then I'm not sure you're the one to call for rating people's credibility.
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hyundai Genesis? Please.
        iimprezu
        • 3 Years Ago
        you're not very bright. I've owned 7 BMWs all with well over 100k miles, some approaching and some exceeding 200k without a single....breakdown...ever. I've had new hondas which have left me stranded (no kidding). Further, only the newest of the new BMWs are on the heavy side, but they're no heavier than your Japanese rice imitation competitors from Lexus and Infiniti.
        flanders2520
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, drove everyone of those you mentioned. If you are looking for a less expensive car with cheaper build quality...I would agree, but they are nt an apples to apples alternative.
      wallstreet
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW does it again. No car company can match the combination of styling, driving experience, and technology on offer. Granted their cars may be too much for some. Most women prefer Lexus or Mercedes. If you are a teenager, a Mazda or Subaru may be all you can afford. Blind drivers are likely to own Infiniti's and Acura's. Overcompensating people would be found in flashy Audi's and Cadillac's. But BMW remains a driving enthusiast's car to the core.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wallstreet
        BMW first and foremost are the cars for the more agressive driver with a little lack of self esteem and the need to show off.
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wallstreet
        BMW drivers = douchebags, you've seen them park. Audis aren't flashy, they're pretty simplistic and nice looking.
        flanders2520
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wallstreet
        ...and you stereotyped the BMW driver, always trying to over compensate for the rationalization on why you drive a BMW and how you think you are better than anyone else. Get off your high horse! btw, Audi just won another compare against the BMW 5 series vs. the new A6...Inside Line said the A6 is the new drivers car. Go figure. Maybe BMW needs to get it's mojo back. I would love to see them find their way back to what they use to stand for.
      onercknman
      • 3 Years Ago
      More interesting than the Camry yes but not as nice looking as the Sonata.
        Lawrence Yuen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onercknman
        Whatever it lacks in looks will be made up in driving dynamics... people don't seem to understand that.
          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lawrence Yuen
          Alex is right. Most 3-series have automatic transmission, every electronic gadget known to German engineers, and "premium package." Definitely for the crowd that can tell the difference between the driving dynamics of a Camry versus a RWD sedan. That is why it is so hard to buy a used BMW: most are tarted up with showy accessories.
        illnever tell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onercknman
        You've barely seen it. And the Sonata design lacks refinement in comparison to the current generation 3 Series (can't comment on this one yet as these are barely usable for any critiqing purposes). Before you possibly get all bent out of shape, I like the Sonata.
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @onercknman
        Are you seriously comparing a BMW to the Sonata? That's like comparing a Mercedes to a Dodge, they compete in very different segments.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as I can get RWD, a 6-speed, sport package (real one, not trim), and a nice engine, I'm sold.
        Robdaemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ken
        Having owned a 07 335i Coupe with the sport package, I'd never buy the sport package again... The sport seats are awesome but the suspension is a little rough for LA's trashed roads. Bring on the 6MT and RWD and I'll be coming back to BMW now. They've finally fixed the bad fuel pumps that plagued my 3'er! After the second one failed, I lemon law'ed the car. It was in the shop for 8 weeks for the first one.
      Chris Bangle
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys miss me yet?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Bangle
        [blocked]
        jaeyoungboyeee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris Bangle
        ROFL funny little turd here
      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      More interesting than the Camry is being a bit of a badge snob. This will likely be better to drive, but it's doing the strictly evolutionary thing and that's really boring. It's basically the Camry of its segment, a popular model that takes no risks, pushes no envelopes.
        illnever tell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Synthono
        Yea pretty much. But thats what the buyers in this segment probably want. BMW knows what it's doing. They have no reason to take an unneccessary risk on it. When they fall behind, we're more likely to see some action, unfortunately. And besides, someone's got to be the benchmark (couldn't resist).
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow BMW! Stun us with the awesome i8 and then take the camouflage off this plain Jane. Like it needed camouflage in the first place. We all knew what it was gonna look like.
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