The new BMW 3 Series makes its motor show debut at the Detroit motor show 2012.
BMW unveiled the 3 Series a week after the Frankfurt motor show, so this is the first time the public will be able to see the car in the metal. It’s due in UK showrooms next month, but we’ve already reviewed it.
The latest 3 Series saloon is a fraction longer (9cm) and lower (5mm), yet it’s 6mm narrower (excluding the door mirrors) than the current car.
From launch there are two petrol versions: the four-cylinder 328i and the six-cylinder 335i.
There are standard and EfficientDynamics versions of the 320d diesel. Both have the same power output (161bhp and 181bhp) as before: CO2 emissions for the standard model have dropped from 125 to 118g/km, while the EfficientDynamics has the same 109g/km figure as before.
A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while BMW’s latest eight-speed automatic gearbox is an option across the range. The new ‘box cuts CO2 emissions for automatic versions by up to 16%.
In spring, three more four-cylinder, 2.0-litre models are due: the 320i petrol and the 316d and 318d diesels. In autumn BMW will launch a six-cylinder diesel model, four-wheel drive versions and a hybrid model called ActiveHybrid 3.
As well as the previous ES, SE and M Sport variants, there are Sport, Modern and Luxury trim levels. Where comparable, there are modest price increases over the outgoing car. The 316d ES is the entry point, at £24,880.
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