2012 BMW 3-Series: Bigger, Bolder And More Fuel Efficient Page 3

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More comfort and safety than ever thanks to ConnectedDrive

BMW ConnectedDrive is an umbrella heading
for a suite of new technologies and features coming to BMW’s cars. They offer new driver assistance technology and mobility systems as well as advanced safety features.

In the new 2012 BMW 3-Series, either as standard or an option, drivers can look forward to a color heads-up-display, a camera based surround view monitoring system, a parking assistant, as well as active blind spot and lane departure warning systems, collision warning, and a navigation system with real-time traffic information (RTTI).

Like most BMWs, the cockpit is angled towards the driver for easy reach of the controls. The cockpit’s four circular dials (fuel gauge, speedometer, tachometer and oil temperature gauge) come with a black panel display. Positioned on the horizontally-structured instrument panel is the freestanding iDrive display.

Positioned centrally on the center console within easy reach of both the driver and the front passenger is the standard iDrive controller.

The car’s larger dimensions ensure rear passengers are welcomed by 0.71 inches of extra legroom inside the doors as they climb aboard. Behind the fully contoured front seats, 0.6 inches of additional knee room and 0.31 inches of extra headroom further enhance the passengers’ comfort.

Storage space is a reasonable 17 cubic-feet, up 0.7 cubic-feet on the outgoing model. Worth mentioning are the 40:20:40 split rear backrests, which should prove very handy for those trips to Ikea. Another cool feature is the hands-free trunk lid opening function, which requires just a wave of the foot under the trunk similar to what Volkswagen’s European Passat has.

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Comments (5)
  1. It's not bad.. but I can't say it looks good either. And seriously, I think this car could have been better with a 1.6 turbo and 2.0 turbo alone.

    I don't see why you need two models that can do 0-60 in around 5.5 seconds. Leave those speeds for the M3.

    Does power and acceleration still sell? I wonder..

  2. It is a beautiful car, it maintains an individual look whilst darwing on other cars in the BMW lineup such as the 5-series and the Z4. BMW still cares about dynamics and driver enjoyment whilst catering to the environment. Performance sounds as great as it has always been, all in all a seemingly great car to take BMW into the future.

  3. I think BMW is making a mistake and taking Audi's lead in making model lines look almost identical except for size. Don't get me wrong, it looks good, but there is more to a 3 than size. With this car, it loses it's unique identity.

  4. Totally agree here. And it doesn't help that the interiors are so similar as well. This 3 really seems just like a downsized 5. And the 7-Series is no longer the elegant luxury barge I always hoped it would be, just more of the same. At least Mercedes differentiates its cars, inside and out.

    It's sad when I think that the most exciting BMW right now, at least for me, is the 1-Series M Coupe. Hopefully the 3-Series Coupe and eventual M3 will address this.

  5. it's so cool, i like it.

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