Set to be previewed as a lightly-veiled concept car at the 2012 Paris Motor Show next month, the new BMW 3 Series is due to go on sale in the first half of 2013.
Branded the new 3-series Touring, BMW’s latest offering in the estate class is an impressive vehicle, redesigned with more room, more power and better economy.
If you’re looking for space, the new BMW 3 Series delivers, offering a roomy 495- litres with the seats up and 1,500-litres with them folded, the new model’s load space has grown by 35-litres. Wheel and seat adjustment is generous, allowing all shapes and sizes an uncompromised driving position. You’ll find the cabin is spacious, with the back seats offering enough leg and head room for three adults, splitting 40/20/40 when you need that extra bit of space.
BMW has confirmed that three engines will be offered initially, with 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. Expected to be the most popular is the 320d, offering 184bhp from a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, and providing a top speed of 143mph, with 0-62mph in 7.7 seconds. In terms of economy, BMW has revealed the new 3 Series will offer a combined fuel consumption of 60.1 MPG and CO2 emissions of 124g/km.
Offering a little more power is the range-topping 330d Touring, only available as an automatic, to go with the 258bhp six-cylinder turbodiesel with equivalent figures of 155mph, 5.6 seconds, 55.4 MPG and 135g/km.
The sole petrol model is the 328i Touring with a 245bhp turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 155mph with 0-62mph in 6 seconds, and offering 41.5 MPG in manual form and emissions of 159g/km.
As for technology to make your drive easier, the optional head-up display is one of the best available, with icons showing speed and directions that are clear even in sunlight. The dashboard boasts classic BMW white-on-black instruments and a brilliant flat-screen in the centre displaying sat nav, radio and chassis settings. BMW’s iDrive controller is now easier to use than ever before too.