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2012 BMW 3 Series: The Videos

Sun, 16 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0700

2012 BMW 3 Series Video

Friday was all about the reveal of the new 2012 BMW 3 Series. And we managed to get a big new 3 Series photo gallery up (the most popular page this month already on Cars UK – which tells you how popular the 3 Series is) and full UK prices too, so we thought we ought to update that lot with some video of the new 3 Series to make sure we’d covered all the bases.

There are quite a few 3 Series videos coming out of BMW, some better than others. So we’ve stitched together a video of a 3 Series overview, a run through the interior of the new 3 Series and a bit of footage of the 3 Series driving on road to give a good look at what BMW’s new 3er looks like in action.

And we have to say that we like the look of what’s on offer. As you would expect, the new 3 Series manages to pull off the trick many new cars are now managing – bigger, lighter, more powerful and more economical.

The new 3 Series has been under development for rather a long time, but it’s a crucial car for BMW so getting it bang on the money is crucial; after all, the Mercedes C Class and the Audi A4 are now up to par with the current 3er.

So although BMW has played it safe with an evolutionary rather than revolutionary design for the new 3 Series, they’ve upped the ante in just about every other area.

There’s an all new chassis which promises better handling and more comfort, new electromechanical steering, which BMW reckons is as responsive and communicative as regular power steering, and there’s the option of variable Sport steering and Adaptive M Sport suspension for even more communication.

There’s also a plethora of models – including EfficientDynamics, Hybrid and 4WD – and an abundance of gadgets and gizmos to coax buyers in to the new 3 Series, and get them to tick more boxes on the options list.

It would be easy to think the new 3 Series will automatically jump to the top of the sales chart but, however much BMW has improved the 3 Series for 2012, competition has got much stronger since the last 3 Series arrived.

And that competition doesn’t just include rivals like the latest C Class or the impending A4, but cars like the Range Rover Evoque – which looks set to be the most successful car Land Rover has ever built – and even BMW’s own X3.

That said, we still wouldn’t bet against the 2012 BMW 3 Series being a runaway success.

(81 photos – click any thumbnail for full gallery)

By Cars UK