The new BMW 3 Series is go. With a sleek look, upmarket interior and a range of fuel efficient engines, the new 3 Series will build on the appeal of its predecessor to deliver the luxury of the 5 Series in a smaller, more affordable package.
On sale in the UK in February, the new 3 Series will make its public debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2012. The Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class rival has more space and comfort than before but is also lighter and, according to BMW, better to drive.
In addition to petrol and diesels, BMW will add a full hybrid and a four-wheel-drive model to the range. There will also be more scope for personalisation than ever before.
The new 3 Series takes its lead from the latest 1 Series with the
addition of Sport, Modern and Luxury trim levels to standard ES, SE and
M Sport versions.
Prices for the new car start at £24,880 for the entry-level 316d ES and
top out at £35,525 for the 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder 335i,
which has 302bhp, can do 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds and has a 155mph top
The highlight of the engine range for many buyers will be the
320d Efficient Dynamics which has a 161bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder
diesel, does 0-62mph in 8.0 seconds yet returns 68.9mpg and emits just
109g/km of CO2, making it tax-free in the first year.
Less than a month
after the initial launch BMW will unveil 316d and 318d models with
114bhp and 141bhp respectively.
Sport models get unique alloys and black gloss trim with sports
seats with red stitching, red highlighting, switchable ambient lighting
and a sports steering wheel on the inside.
Modern models have matt
chrome, unique bumpers and new 17-inch wheels, while inside there’s a
two-tone finish to the dash and part cloth/part leather seats.
versions have bright chrome exterior trim and 18-inch alloys, with
chrome detailing, leather upholstery and wood trim inside.
As for the more familiar trim levels, ES comes with air-con,
17-inch alloys Bluetooth and cruise control among other items, while SE versions add parking sensors, different wheels and dual-zone aircon. M
Sport models get lowered and stiffened suspension, 18-inch M Sport wheels and leather sports seats.