A member of BMWFAQ has caught the 2012 BMW 3-Series undisguised during a photo shoot. See the pictures inside

A member of BMWFAQ has caught the 2012 BMW 3-Series undisguised during a photo shoot.

The pictures are low resolution, but you can see the car's styling is heavily influenced by the 5-Series. Additionally, the model is expected to be 2 inches (5.1 cm) longer than the current car which should result in improved rear seat legroom.

Engine options will likely include a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol with 184 PS (135 kW / 181 hp) and 245 PS (180 kW / 241 hp). There should also be a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with approximately 320 PS (315 hp (235 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.  A hybrid variant will also join the lineup with a turbocharged 3.0-liter petrol and a 54 PS (40 kW / 54 hp) electric motor.

On the diesel side, we can expect a 2.0-liter unit with outputs of 143 PS (105 kW / 141 hp) and 184 PS (135 kW / 181 hp).

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