All-new BMW 3 Series coming soon

* Official launch date of February 11 * All-new version of undisputed class leader * Our one-stop guide to the new 3 Series...

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Pete Barden
02 February 2012

All-new BMW 3 Series coming soon

The all-new BMW 3 Series officially hits showrooms on February 11, so what should we expect from BMW's class-leading compact executive?

The new 3 Series is larger and more spacious than the current car, yet most models are lighter, quicker and more efficient than those they replace.

From launch there will two petrol versions: the four-cylinder 328i and the six-cylinder 335i.

There are standard and Efficient Dynamics 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 Efficient Dynamics has the same 109g/km figure as before.

A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, while BMWs 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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