The 3 Series is a benchmark for both luxury and performance in its class, and BMW seems to outdo itself with each new generation of the car. Now entering its sixth generation, the 2012 BMW 3 Series gets a new design for the sedan body style, which arrives February 2012. Redesigned coupe and convertible models will follow, but could be badged as 4 Series models as part of a move by BMW to expand its range and further differentiate the 3 Series sedan from the coupe. For the 2012 model year though, coupe and convertible models from the previous generation will carry over and fill the gap until the new ones arrive.
In the past, the BMW 3 Series balanced good looks, excellent handling, luxurious features, and usable interior space. The sixth-generation model will likely continue in that vein, offering more aggressive front end styling, a larger cabin, and improved tech features. For power, the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan receives the same 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that powers the 528i and Z3 sDrive28i as a base engine in the 328i. The 335i sedan gets the turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 that served in the previous model, still producing an even 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.