2012 BMW 3-Series

The 2012 BMW 3-Series is offered in 328 and 335 models. The 2012 BMW 3-series sedan has been fully redesigned while the 2012 3-Series coupe, convertible and wagon models are unchanged and still belong to the previous generation. The 3-series from BMW competes with the Audi A4, Infiniti G and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers a special mix of sporting performance, practicality and luxury in a compact package.

The 2012 BMW 3-Series is available in sedan, coupe, hardtop convertible and wagon body styles. The sedan is an all-new model for 2012. Every body style starts in 328i trim level. The 2012 BMW 3-Series 328i sedan comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, adjustable drive settings, automatic wipers, automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control, eight-way manual front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and a premium sound system with a CD player, HD radio and an iPod/USB audio interface. The coupe differs with a sport-tuned suspension and the convertible gets a fully powered retractable hardtop and 10-way power front seats with memory function. The 2012 BMW 3-Series 328i wagon differs from the sedan’s equipment with 16-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic sunroof.

The 335i sedan adds a more powerful engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic high beams, adaptive xenon headlights, a sunroof, a eight-way power front seats and an auto-dimming mirror. The coupe and convertible are similary equipped. The 335i trim level is not available as  wagon body style. The 335is coupe and convertible get an upgraded engine, a sportier suspension calibration, sport exhaust, 18-inch wheels, sports seats and sport steering wheel.

The BMW 3-Series Sedan is an iconic figure in the sports sedan segment and over the years has come to symbolize the aesthetic appeal, dynamics and sporting capability of BMW. With its dynamic lines and athletic overall presence, the sixth generation of the world’s best-selling premium vehicle highlights the sporting character of the brand’s mid-size model. Although the new BMW 3-Series has grown moderately in all dimensions compared to its predecessor, it retains a perfect balance of sportiness and elegance. As in previous generations, the sedan’s dynamic proportions are shaped by the sweeping hood, short front overhang, long wheelbase and set-back greenhouse typical of BMW.

The interior of the new 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan is straight out of the BMW design handbook. The driver-focused cockpit wraps around the driver and puts all the important controls within easy reach.  The surfaces and lines flow over the instrument panel towards the front passenger side of the cabin, where they form a smooth, protective border. In the driver’s area all the lines converge on a single point behind the steering wheel and guide the eye towards the road.

The 2012 BMW 328i sedan is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are standard. An eight-speed automatic transmission is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2012 BMW 328i is 24 mpg city/ 36 mpg highway with the automatic and 23 mpg city / 34 mpg highway with manual.

The 2012 BMW 328 i coupe, convertible and wagon come with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder inline that produces 230 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive and six-speed manual transmission are standard while a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are optional.

All 2012 BMW 335i models get a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Each body style gets same transmission and drivetrain choices as 328i. The 2012 BMW 335is has a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 320 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed automatic is optional.

The experts of thecarconnection.com say about 2012 BMW 3-Series sedan:

The 2012 BMW 3-Series delivers the class-leading sport-sedan performance and handling enthusiasts have come to expect, yet it makes substantial improvements in fuel-efficiency, active safety, and connectivity.


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