Jul 212012

From the signature kidney grille to the C-pillar it mirrors, the new 3 Series will include the adoption of BMW’s new 2.0-litre turbocharged four and eight-speed automatic transmission, which promises to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% versus the outgoing in-line six.

In somewhat of a rare but welcome move, the rear window now opens independent of the tailgate. The liftgate itself is powered and comes with a neat trick — waving one’s foot below the bumper sees the liftgate open automatically.

As for capacity, there is plenty. The wheelbase has been stretched by 50 millimetres to 2,810, while the overall length is up 97 mm to 4,624 compared with the previous model. The expanded dimensions bring 17.5 cubic feet with the 40/20/40-split rear seat upright and 53 cu. ft. when folded flat.

Pricing and equipment have yet to be announced, but it should not stray too far from the current Touring’s price of $45,700 and it should reflect the trim levels offered in the recently introduced 328i sedan.


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