Monday, November 9, 2009
It is still a little early but tne next BMW 3 series has been caught testing in Germany. Apparently sales of the current generation are reported to be less than encouraging hence BMW has to get 3's successor up & running as soon as possible. Initial batch of spy photos don't usually reveal much but the wheelbase of the 3er seems to have lengthen.
BMW will try its best to keep its body mass low as possible for better fuel consumption and performance. There is even talk of a possible hybrid model which could do well in markets like the US and Japan. Variable valve timing, single- and twin-turbocharging, direct fuel injection, and stop/start systems are in the works for a new generation of modular, four-cylinder engines producing 140 to 230 hp. A 2.0-liter version with close to 300 hp is possible, but I am optimistic BMW will keep at least one of its 3.0-liter inline-sixes in the line-up. Rumours also suggest a small four-cylinder petrol turbo such as a 1.6-litre.
The sad part is that the 4.0-litre V8 from today's M3, replaced with a straight six twin-turbocharged unit with direct injection. BMW is also planning to Spawn a five-door hatchback '3GT' akin to the 5GT.