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BMW reveals new 3-Series

  • New 3-Series revealed on BMW group Facebook page
  • Set to debut at Detroit Motor Show, on sale in March 2012
  • Coupe, Convertible and GranCoupe to be called 4-Series

BMW has published pictures of its new 3-Series and this, the sixth-generation, will be the first of five further 3-Series bodystyles: Touring, GT, Coupe, convertible and GranCoupe.

The German car maker published the pictures on its own Facebook page and although the design isn't a world away from the current model the Coupe, Convertible and GranCoupe will be called 4-Series.

The car will make its debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January and will go on sale in March 2012 with prices around 4% more than the current models.

The car takes its styling cues from the latest 5-Series, 1-Series and 6-Series offering a more wedge-shaped profile and heavily sculpted slashes running down the bottom of the doors. It looks sleeker although the rear end looks much like the old car.

There’ll be 11 engine options: five turbocharged petrol units and six turbodiesels but the long-standing naturally aspirated 3.0-litre straight six petrol engine will make way for a new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo unit.

The petrol line-up will start with a 150bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder followed by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder offering 180bhp, 210bhp and 245bhp power outputs. The flagship will be the turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder with 306bhp. There’ll be a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine with 122bhp, 143bhp and 184bhp and a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder unit offering 204bhp, 245bhp and 286bhp outputs.

All engines will come with a six-speed manual gearbox but an optional ZF eight-speed automatic will be available. Efficient Dynamics technology with stop-start, brake energy recuperation will be included.