BMW’s latest generation 3 Series, has finally been revealed to the world.
This latest incarnation of BMW’s best selling car will be available in the first quarter of 2012, with two new engines included in the line up, a four cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, and a 109 g/km diesel engine.
The new car still maintains the same front engine rear drive layout, and has broadly the same engine line up as the current.However, do not think that this car is just a reskinned version of the current car, this car has been completely redeveloped from the ground up. There will be a 316d, 318d, 320d, a 320d EfficientDynamics, 325d, 330d and a 335d. The petrol line up will include the 320i, the 328i and the 335i. Later on a petrol-hybrid version will be available, where the 3.0l will be mated to an electric motor.
The new car is 4623mm long, a full 93mm longer than its predecessor, however despite the car being larger, BMW claim that this new car is 40kg lighter than before. The boot is big enough to store 480 litres of luggage, which is about average compared to its two main rivals, the Audi A4 and the Mercedes C-Class.
The design of the car is heavily influenced by the latest generation 5 and 7 Series, especially towards the rear. The dashboard incorporates certain characteristics from BMW’s other models like the freestanding screen, which was first seen on the latest generation 1 Series.
Although only the saloon version has been revealed at the moment, in future there will be other body styles available, including an estate version, a convertible, a coupe and a GT version. The coupe version, however, will not carry the 3 Series badge, but will be called the 4 Series.