BMW has announced pricing and details of its new 3 Series saloon, ahead of the model’s official unveiling at 3PM (BST) today. Since 1975 BMW has sold more than 12 million 3 Series and the sixth-generation 3er is set to continue the success of its predecessors.

Available on the world market from 11 February 2012, the new F30 3 Series will be available from launch with two petrol engines – 328i and 335i and two diesel variants including the 320d and the 320d EfficientDynamics. The pricing in Germany for these models is between € 35,350 (£30,876) for the 320d and € 43,600 (£38,082) for the six-cylinder petrol 335i. This compares with € 34,300 for the outgoing E90 320d and € 43,150 for the E90 335i saloon.

In spring 2012 the model range will be complemented by other variants, including the more powerful 330d and 335d/340d diesel models and a twin-turbo 2-litre which replaces the old 330i, whilst In autumn 2012 a full hybrid model will join the 3 Series range with a 335 bhp powerplant.

Take a closer look at the new BMW 3 Series with Andreas-Christoph Hofmann (VP Brand Communication), Christopher Weil (Exterior designer) and Christian Bauer (Interior designer).

Model Price
0 – 62mph Seconds Top
speed Mph
Combined Mpg CO2 Emissions g/km
BMW 328i Saloon £29,060 245 350 5.9 (6.1) 155* 44.1 (44.8) 149 (147)
BMW 335i Saloon £35,525 306 400 5.5 (5.5) 155* 35.8 (39.2) 186 (169)
BMW 320d Saloon £28,080 184 380 7.5 (7.6) 146 (143) 62.8 (64.2) 120 (118)
BMW 320d EfficientDynamics
£28,080 163 380 8.0 (8.1) 143 (141) 68.9 (68.9) 109 (109)

More space, more performance and less weight

BMW are claiming a victory in the battle for the most efficient premium model range with the new 3 Series. The F30 3 Series is larger (+93 mm) and noticeably more spacious than its E90 predecessor – knee room behind the front seats has grown by 15 mm and headroom by 8 millimetres. However despite this increase in size, the new F30 3 Series is up to 45 kg lighter.

New BMW 3 Series - dimensions

This is best illustrated by the gains in efficiency – the 320d EfficientDynamics Edition with power of 161 bhp, consumes just 69 mpg (4.1 litres per 100 km) and with a corresponding CO2 rating of 109 g/km. The BMW 335i with its twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine and 302 bhp, will consume between 36.0 and 39mpg (7.2 to 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres) depending on the equipment fitted. Auto Start Stop function is standard for all engine-gearbox versions.

The new BMW 3 Series also offers a ‘switchable’ driving experience. In addition to the settings COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT + there is also an Eco Pro mode, and therefore depending on an individual’s driving behaviour, a further fuel saving of up to 20% is possible.

New BMW 3 Series - Interior Dimensions

Several new innovations for the class

The new BMW 3 Series saloon introduces a number of innovations unique to its class. BMW is the first manufacturer in premium mid-size class to offer a head up display – projecting important information onto the windscreen in direct view of the driver, optionally, an eight-speed automatic transmission for all engines will be available with an automatic start stop system as standard.

BMW’s latest ConnectedDrive infotainment system will also be available on the new 3 Series, improving safety and making it more comfortable to drive in traffic. Features include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, and Lane Change and Lane Departure Warning with collision warning or Surround View. It also acts as a parking assistant to manoeuvre the car into a parking space. In addition, real-time traffic information (RTTI traffic information system) and specific apps for the use with social networks are also available.

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, BMW will be using a similar naming system to that introduced on the new 1 Series last month – “Sport Line”, “Modern Line” and “Luxury Line” will be offered, providing customers with many more options for shaping the vehicle to their own requirements.

Last year BMW Group sold a total of about 399,000 3 Series models around the world and will be seeking to exceed that figure with the new F30 3 Series.