New BMW 3-Series’ Notched Headlights Were Inspired By The E46

To say the new BMW 3-Series stirred a bit of controversy with its design would be an understatement. Fortunately, we now have a solid explanation for one of the vehicle’s most intriguing design elements.

During the recent launch of the latest-generation 3-Series in southern Portugal, BMW told members of the world’s media that the new car’s headlights were inspired by those of the E46-generation 3-Series.

Even the quickest of glances at the front fascia of the new 3-Series reveals headlights that appear to have a sharp slice cut out of them. According to BMW, this design is meant to mimic the curve found in the E46’s headlights, Jalopnik notes.

With the exception of this little cut-out, however, the new BMW 3-Series shares almost no resemblance to its E46 predecessor.

As has become the norm for sports sedan’s nowadays, the new 3-Series has a much sharper and aggressive design than previous iterations, complete with angular lines, muscular shapes, and pointed corners. By comparison, the E46 3-Series, particularly its front fascia, was an orgy of soft, smooth, and flowing lines.

Beyond its design, the new 3-Series stands out from its predecessors on a number of other fronts. Most importantly, it is based on the new CLAR platform that promises to transform how the sedan drives.

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  • DetrinKD

    Please get rid of this “read More” button…

    • bxniels0

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    • lagunas3ca

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      • JohnCarscoop

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  • Adi

    I thought they were inspired by Peugeot LOL

  • Adi
  • no25

    what does this bland subaru have to do with anything?

    • Rot

      if not Peugeot…

  • Hot Twink

    Oh please, the headlamp notches can be traced back to much earlier models, like the E32 for example.

    The E46 3er is one of the last good looking 3-Series. Chris Bangle helped design it, but Dr. Reitzle remained in control, so Bangle wasn’t allowed to go crazy with its design like he did on later cars like the E60 and E65.

  • Vassilis

    They did an awful job at that…

  • Fabián Montiel

    More like inspired by Peugeot

  • SteersUright

    the front is a design disaster. same for the front of the new x3.

  • ztamg04

    the headlights are bad…but the back looks worse…hopefully BMW’s M3 will at least drive like a proper M car.

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