Now that BMW has launched its baby 1-series, the next new model waiting in the wings is the 3-series, the bedrock of its business and its most successful model of all time. The new Three will roll into UK showrooms next summer and will eventually sire at least four models, including the saloon, estate, cabriolet and coupé. There are suggestions that it may also provide the basis for a compact five-seater MPV, as part of BMW’s so-called ‘space functional concept’. Its mechanical package is also likely to influence the replacements for today’s Z4 and X3. This is a crucial car for BMW, and millions of 3-series drivers around the world. Design & Engineering Take one look at the scoop shot (right) and artists’ impressions (gallery) here and it quickly becomes apparent that this is a less extreme iteration of BMW’s new look. Instead of thesurprising forms and details of the 1-, 5- and 7-series, the new Three is a less jarring,more conservative design. The reason is simple. The 3-series is the cornerstone of BMW’s business, accountingfor 57 per cent of its global sales last year, with 528,258 units sold worldwide. BMW knows it cannot afford to be too radical with… Read full this story
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