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    • Best F30 rendering thus far plus chassis designation details (F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F35) and how the BMW 4 series fits in

      This rendering from AutoBild is the best we have seen thus far. What strikes us is how the next generation won't be a radical departure from the E90. More subtle evolution than revolution. We will see more variants this generation with designations from F30 to F35. It would seem BMW is splitting the coupes away from the 3 series and moving them to the 4 series. Will coupes be even numbers and sedans odd? Sure is looking that way.

      So which one is what? Here it is laid out:

      F30 - 3 series sedan
      F31 - 3 series touring/wagon
      F32 - 4 series coupe
      F33 - 4 series convertible/cabriolet
      F34 - 3 series GT
      F35 - 4 series 4 door coupe

      Confusing? A little bit, but also redundant. No need for a 4 series, the 3 series has always had coupes. The 5 series GT was already a failure, why they want to repeat the mistake we do not understand. The F34 and F35 are redundant although the 4 door coupe segment does seem to sell. However, that was with more upscale models such as the CLS and Audi A7. BMW seems intent on filling niches that don't need filling, but hey, if they didn't learn their lesson with the 5 GT...

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Best F30 rendering thus far plus chassis designation details (F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F35) and how the 4 series fits in started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 9 Comments
      1. leo985i's Avatar
        leo985i -
        Let them learn a redundant lesson. Those GTs are pure fail. 4 Series??? No need for this non-sense.
      1. 654's Avatar
        654 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leo985i Click here to enlarge
        4 Series??? No need for this non-sense.
        Well, should the 6 series be called 5 coupe? Current way is not logical having 5 and 6 but then 3 and 3 coupe.
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        The new 3 series is looking pretty nice, can't wait to see how the F32 looks especially with an M-package.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 654 Click here to enlarge
        Well, should the 6 series be called 5 coupe? Current way is not logical having 5 and 6 but then 3 and 3 coupe.
        Sure it is. 6 series was always a coupe, leave it as a coupe.

        3 series always had coupes. It really isn't confusing.

        What this does though is show the 2 series is going to be the successor to the 1 series in the USA.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leo985i Click here to enlarge
        Let them learn a redundant lesson. Those GTs are pure fail. 4 Series??? No need for this non-sense.
        The GT's are stupid but whatever, BMW will do what it will do.
      1. Yukohama's Avatar
        Yukohama -
        That rendering looks the best of the ones ive seen
      1. deemo319's Avatar
        deemo319 -
        The 4 Series was ruled out around 5 years ago by the board of directors from what I understand. They thought that it would confuse old customers. So I can see them expanding the 3 Series lineup but no 4 Series. But, it would not be the first time I was wrong. I can see how they would fit it in the lineup, and give them new niches to go after even if they are the only ones that see it, which they are kind of good at but have some misses in there as well.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by deemo319 Click here to enlarge
        The 4 Series was ruled out around 5 years ago by the board of directors from what I understand. They thought that it would confuse old customers. So I can see them expanding the 3 Series lineup but no 4 Series. But, it would not be the first time I was wrong. I can see how they would fit it in the lineup, and give them new niches to go after even if they are the only ones that see it, which they are kind of good at but have some misses in there as well.
        4 series doesn't make sense to me either. Maybe they will change their minds? Who knows what BMW is thinking lately.
      1. dOpEdUpM3's Avatar
        dOpEdUpM3 -
        Looks like you better get on making a 4-series Section Sticky! Those headlights do look sharp though I must admit.