The ordering guide for the 2012 BMW 3 Series has made its way to the internet courtesy of eGMCarTech, giving us all a better idea of what to expect from the U.S.-spec car when it arrives on our shores next year.

For starters, both the 328i and 335i will boast forced-induction powerplants and an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard driveline equipment, though opting for a six-speed manual won't cost buyers anything extra. In addition, each 3 Series will come with automatic start/stop to conserve fuel. Larger 17-inch wheels are now standard across the line, as well.

Inside, a new 6.5-inch LCD screen is now standard equipment as is Bluetooth and an iPod interface. Three trim levels will be available at launch, but buyers looking to sink their teeth into the M Sport package will have to wait a spell. According to eGMCarTech, the M goodies won't surface in U.S. dealers until July 2012. Remember, kids: patience is a virtue.


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      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Automatic as standard means manual lovers are now forced into higher costs of ownership. No cost option, darn right, it techincally decreases the value since you're paying for something you're not getting. How long until they start charging for a manual transmission. #shenanigans
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Agree. Sad to say, this will guarantee that the number of buyers opting for manual transmission will become miniscule (even more miniscule than it already is in USA). And very few dealers will stock manual cars, and most buyers here are so impatient, they can't wait to order a car specifically outfitted to their needs.
      natron3030
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone think the new grills make it look like the car is wearing tiny tiny sunglasses?
        SPG1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @natron3030
        yup, that and it also looks like it is squinting slightly
      HyperCarEnthusiast
      • 3 Years Ago
      ok i waited for a while now not knocking on the new design, but it seems as though theyre taking zero feedback on the design from people. the new model looks ugly as sin. im sure its not just my opinion, the headlights protruding to the grill just makes the entire front end look horrible. the back looks boring as well, they couldve moved away from the bland styling of the brake lights, they have a nostalgic early 2000s feel to them (in a bad way), borrowed from various other brands. Im really hoping they liven things up in the M package.
      Tapas
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont know why BMW and Benz think protruded noses (grilles) look better ? Because they dont.
        72CJ5driver
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tapas
        Its an unfortunate effect of european pedestrian safety regulations. I'm sure without thos regulations, these car's wouldn't look like that.
      illnever tell
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait I'm a bit confused. Are people below actually complaining that stuff you had to pay hundreds, at the least, for in the last gen model is now standard? Unless BMW is setting a higher base price I am sort of at a loss. What the bizarro world comment section did I just walk into? I understand much of this stuff has been standard on cheaper cars for a while but each case revolves around it's own facts and BMW could have chosen to still have the stuff optional. How is this not a win?
      Tarantula
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does every new BMW looks same from behind??
      BRKF06
      • 3 Years Ago
      What does leather have to do with luxury? If someone is buying a sport-focused 3 they may not want leather or a god awful automatic. BT standard makes sense. USB = no point. Make xenons standard. Never had a bimmer with regular lights and can't imagine getting one with anything but a manual, sport and xenons.
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BRKF06
        I disagree with you on USB being pointless. Most BMW owners probably have an iPhone, iPod or something similar, and a USB connection is better than an auxiliary jack because it generally allows you to control your device through your car's stereo.
        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BRKF06
        That's a personal opinion. I think Xenons are stupid and for me not having to constantly change CDs is more important. Leather has as much to do with luxury as alloy wheels. I mean, if a 3 series came with steel wheels with covers, it will still be equally "sporty". Also, I am using the word "sporty" very loosely here.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still don't get the transition between the headlights and the grill surround. It looks unfinished, like a part is missing.
        ravenosa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        That extra little nub of headlight in the middle looks terrible. Reminds me of what Porsche did to their headlights for a while... Also, the strange jumble of elements makes the whole lower grille/foglight area seem so prominent. Makes it look like a Dustbuster or something...
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      At lest the rear-end has been de-Bangle-ized. Reminds me of the E46!
      SPG1
      • 3 Years Ago
      the old one was much better looking
      Mark Skerritt
      • 3 Years Ago
      ugly, prefer the old one
      jgabs69
      • 3 Years Ago
      i hope this car doesn't have the numb steering of the F10 5 series.
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