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A new spy video showing the 2012 BMW 3-Series surfaced earlier today.  The 30-second clip shows the company's prototype while waiting to take a turn at an intersection.

The video appears to have been shot on Munich's Schleißheimer Straße, close to BMW Headquarters.

Unfortunately, BMW is keeping their cars close to their vest with the 3er development.  The video shows a vehicle with the same amount of camouflage as the one spied in weeks past.  With the same five-point wheels, the only item distinguishing the prototypes is the number plate.  At least we are able to hear the engine's growl.

The 2012 BMW 3 Series is expected to be introduced in 2011, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show.  It will likely debut with several six-cylinder engines, and possibly a small, turbocharged, four-cylinder petrol unit.  Some rumors have persisted claiming that a hybrid version of the car will show up in a few markets.  Speculation also suggests the car may have a lighter weight, while getting a longer wheelbase.

The next generation BMW M3 will appear a year later.

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