Spied: 2012 BMW 3-series (F30)

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The BMW F30 3-series was caught cruising around Munich this week. Slated to begin production in November 2011 (after the E90 finishes production in October), the F30 isn't scheduled for its public premiere until the 2012 Geneva Auto Show next March. In these photos, you can make out the general shape and details of the new F30 more clearly than in previous photos due to the dark black paint which blends a bit with the camouflage tape.

From the side views, you can distinctly see the double side character lines that make this model unique from the other BMWs. The photos also show the smooth lines of the trunk and the sleek transition into the C-pillar. The trunk and C-pillar area feature much less pronounced lines than the E90 3-series and give the F30 an almost coupe like feel. The front headlights have a stylish and sharp design with LED halos on the sides. The grilles are low and wide coming off of the sloped hood and give the F30 a more aggressive look.

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When it goes on sale the F30 will have model designations of 328i and 335i. The 328i model should be powered by the N20 turbo inline-4 engine and the 335i by an inline-6 turbo motor. Sales are scheduled to begin in Europe around its March 2012 premiere and US sales should begin in spring 2012. Photos courtesy of F30post.com

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