The BMW 3-series is inarguably one of Germany's most important exports.
As the camo continues to fall of the 2013 model, we're growing more confident that it hasn't been screwed up. And the company no doubt understands that not screwing with a successful formula is vital to keep its standard-bearing sport sedan winning awards year after year.
From what we can see, the next-generation "F30" model 3-series finds a happy medium between the current car and the latest 5-series, design-wise. Its shape is instantly recognizable, but there are definitely some hidden details we're really interested to see covered in nothing but a nice coat of metallic paint. That line that sweeps along under the windows and on up to the headlights is especially intriguing and looks like it could be quite dramatic. Camo still hides the corners of the taillights, so it's hard to say if they'll stay sharp-edged and aggressive or follow closer to the 5er's softer shapes. We can see for sure that the car's "angel eye" headlights will get the new flat-bottomed design that's been seen on a number of recent concept cars.
Here in the States, the F30 will come packing the same turbocharged 3.0-liter six found in the current 335i, but it's almost a given that the 328i will ditch its naturally aspirated six for the company's new N20 engine, a 2.0-liter turbo four that makes equal power with less fuel. The 335d's future here is uncertain, but an M3 will obviously come a year or so after the mainstream models