BMW is busily drumming up buzz ahead of the launch of the next-generation 3 Series. The company has released a slew of brief videos depicting the sketch work behind the vehicle's predecessors. Unfortunately, there's not much to the short clips beyond some pencil lines and a still image robbed from old PR photos, but the videos do a smart enough job underscoring the evolution of BMW design over the decades. BMW is set to pull the sheets off of the next interpretation of the company's midsized fighter this Friday, October 14 via a live webcast. For more information, feel free to check out the company's Facebook page.

Our spy photographers have already given us a pretty clear glimpse of what the vehicle will look like when it debuts, but we're still itching to hear details on future engine options. The rumormill has been kicking full force on the possibility of an ActiveHybrid version of the 3 Series as well as a turbocharged four-cylinder model. Hit the jump to check out the gaggle of videos for yourself.











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      Jonathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      To me the BEST BMW 3er is the 1982 and the 1998 models, with the E30 being my favoriate. If they new 3er was closer to the E30 I'd prbly drive one but, theyve just gotten so big. The 1 series coupe seems closer to the E30 than the actually 3er coupe. I hope BMW uses the E30 desgin for all future BMWs, to me it's the best one.
        PeterK
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan
        I recommend taking an E30 for a drive. Yes, it is a brilliant car to drive, but it is not what you expect from a modern car considering interior space. It is very tight and narrow. And the seating position just can't hold up with the E90. But yeah, that's kinda why BMW offers a 1series as well. My point is, that people expect the 3series to be this size and comfortable. BMW is not unaware of the fact that their cars have become a lot bigger I think. They adapted pretty well to their consumers' needs. A good example (bit off topic, sry) is the new X3. It is as big as the first X5, but it doesn't give the image of a big, oversized SUV anymore. Pretty smart. And btw, how come there is no new X5?
      scotthureau
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish they wouldn't give up on the NA inline 6. Start with the N52, go back to a 2.5 liter with 12:1 compression, DI, Valvetronic, double VANOS, hotter high lift cam on the high side. Combine that with an efficient ZF 8 speed and trick intake manifold, and they could keep the 240(ish) hp as well as come close to the fuel economy of the N20. Lexus gets an EPA 21/30 out of their 2.5 and that's without the 8speed tranny or valvetronic.
      BASIQ
      • 3 Years Ago
      Memories... I did my (German) drivers license on a 320i in 1980...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        stuck in 90s
        • 3 Years Ago
        what does a girl name Sophia knows about car LOL, and we are not even talking about driving ... (Sabine aside)... j/k... but BMW cannot be beat that easily ;) (even the Lexus IS kinda stop following, the A4 is currently the closest contender) Numbers just cant measure up with the untangible feeling of driving the Ultimate Driving Machine ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Jonathan
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh my God. I can't stop laughing. Omg. Best joke of the day. hats off to you sir.
      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      All went downhill in 05.....
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
        My least favorite is the E36. It looks dated, and definitely not as clean and timeless as the E30.
          stuck in 90s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
          Having grown up in one E21, and three E30s, i understand what you mean. BUT, i beg you to differ, because if you look closely, the E36 is THE ONE starting the design that have come thus far, you still see lignes of it in the E90s. I have one E36 and it's definitely still very clean and become timeless... it's design has grown to me, looking much sharper than lots of new cars in 2011. I was shocked back in 92 but today, i love it. Just look here : http://www.unitedbimmer.com/forums/e36/7654-nice-e36-silver-sedan-bf-c.html
        • 3 Years Ago
        @th0mb0ne
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      trevor-k
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man those video's sucked.
      jhott997
      • 3 Years Ago
      Boring
      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Careful using word "recall" in a headline.
      nvedamuthu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cadillac ATS vs. BMW 3 series, thumbs up if you're excited.
      Pinhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's kind of bittersweet to see how much magic has been lost over the years in the name of safety and convenience. The old 3 series were so special, but honestly, I wouldn't really want to strap my kids into one, either. So whatever that means, i don't know.
      Cameron
      • 3 Years Ago
      The "2005" car in the video is clearly a 2009+ variation.
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