BMW has released a new 3 Series saloon, set to go on sale next February, which has all new trim levels and a fresh new look.
The new 3 Series features a new chassis design, longer wheel base and six new trim levels. The new design is aimed at being a 'compact executive car' that offers a more personal approach, which is reflected in its range of customisable trim levels.
The new BMW 3 Series comes with a choice of two petrol engines (328i, 325i) and two diesels (320d, 320d EfficientDynamics), one of which has EfficientDynamics technology. This gives the 3 Series C02 Emissions from 109g/km and top speed of 155mph.
Along with its efficient start-stop technology the EfficientDynamics model also comes with a high standard specification including cloth upholstery, Bluetooth hands-free, iDrive controller which is a 6.5" display monitor allowing access to many of the cars functions and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).
The trim levels which aim to give the 3 Series that personal touch offer a lot of variation. There are several combinations of ES, Sport and SE models to choose from, each with different specifications.
Some of the features of these specifications include electromechanical power steering, alloy wheels with a maximum diameter of 18", a reversing assist camera, iDrive controller and 480 litres worth of luggage space.
Standard models come with features such as air conditioning, Bluetooth, multi-function leather steering wheel and 17" alloy wheels, but BMW says the range of options means customers can get virtually a 'bespoke' car.
With the EfficientDynamics model already in the pipeline, BMW UK can confirm that towards the end of 2012 it will introduce four-wheel-drive and hybrid powertrains to the 3 Series Saloon for the first time in the UK.
The new BMW 3 Series saloon prices range from £28,080 to £35,525.