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BMW has introduced the next-generation 2012 3-Series.

The next 3-Series is bigger than its predecessor. The new 3er is 93 mm (3.66 inches) longer than the previous model, offering up 15 mm (0.59 inches) more legroom and 8 mm (.0315 inches) more headroom for the passengers at the back.

BMW will initially offer the 3-Series in four variants - the 328i and 335i on the petrol side, and the 320d and 320d EfficienctDynamics on the diesel end.

The range-topping 335i comes with a twin-turbo 3.0 liter inline six-cylinder unit producing 306 PS (225 kW / 302 hp).

The new 3er still offers the 320d EfficientDynamics with 163 PS (120 kW / 161 hp) with a fuel-economy rating of just 4.1 liters/100 km and a CO2 quotient of 109 g/km.

As for pricing in Europe, the 320d will sell for €35,350 and the 335i will start at €43,600.

The new BMW 3-Series will go on sale February 11, 2012 in markets around the world.

Other variants will be added in the spring of 2012 while a full-hybrid variant of the 3-Series will be launched next autumn.

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