AutoGyaan : 2012 BMW 3 Series Production Starts in Munich
German automaker BMW has kicked off production of its upcoming 2012 BMW 3 Series in Munich, Germany. BMW has funded their production plant with over US $ 700 Million to make it ready for the new 2012 3 Series.
The new 3 Series features a new look body with a revamped frontal area. A redesigned cluster of lights in the front as well as the back. 2012 3-series is based on a new compact, rear- and all-wheel-drive architecture. Technology currently available in the 7 Series and 5 Series is expected to feature in the 2012 3 Series, such as a lane-departure warning system, night vision, a system to prevent the driver from falling asleep, and radar-based adaptive cruise control with collision-mitigating automatic braking.
The new vehicle is powered by a new family of aluminum four-cylinder petrol engines ranging from 135 to 245 horsepower. Two engine choices will be available for the 2012 3-Series in February: A 2.0-liter twin turbocharged, direct-injected six-cylinder engine for the 335i that delivers 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, as well as a twin-charged direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 328i that provides 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, as well as better fuel economy. Both will be mated to a standard six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic transmission.
We will be lucky if half the options make it to our side of the world.
The BMW production facility in Munich was inaugurated in 1922 and has built more than 8.5 million vehicles since then.