BMW has introduced the next-generation 2012 3 Series, in four variants
The sixth generation BMW 3 Series is bigger than its predecessor – 93mm longer than the previous model, with 50mm extra in the wheelbase, and offering up 15mm more legroom and 8mm more headroom for backseat passengers.
Cargo capacity has also increased, yet total body weight has decreased by 40kg.
BMW will initially offer the 3 Series in four turbocharged variants – the 328i and 335i petrol models, and the 320d and 320d EfficienctDynamics diesels.
The range-topping 335i comes with a twin-turbo 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder producing 225kW (302hp).
The new 3 Series still offers the 320d EfficientDynamics with 120kW (161hp) with a fuel economy rating of 4.1L/100km and CO2 of 109g/km.
In the future a six-cylinder diesel, all-wheel drive xDrive and hybrid version will be introduced.
For trim levels the 2012 3 Series will offer ES, SE, Sport and M Sport grades and two new personalisation lines – Modern and Luxury.
As usual the M Sport package comes with lower and stiffer suspension 18- or 19-inch M alloy wheels, chrome exhaust outlets and exclusive bodywork.
Standard features across the 3 Series range will include Bluetooth and USB/iPod connectivity, a 6.5-inch screen with BMW’s iDrive interface, keyless start, a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control and automatic boot opening.
The 2012 BMW 3 Series will go on sale early next year.