Based on information from inside sources, UK magazine Autocar speculates on the engine offerings for the next generation BMW 3 Series. According to the UK folks, at launch in late 2011, the new 3er might be offered with a three-cylinder 1.5 liter diesel engine that produces 150 horsepower.
The ultra-small and efficient diesel powerplant is expected to produce less than 100g/km of CO2. In contrast, BMW’s most efficient 3 Series, the 320d EfficientDynamics Edition, produces less than 109 grams per kilometer of CO2. The BMW 320d is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder diesel engine outputting 163 horsepower.
Same magazine speculates further on some of the previous rumors, the new 3 Series will grow in size, courtesy of a longer and wider platform. While Autocar mentions dimensions closer to the previous generation 5 Series, we’re skeptical about these rumors and believe the new 3er will slightly grown in length and width.
2012 BMW 3 Series Rendering
First model to launch is the F30 3er Sedan with the Frankfurt Auto Show being mentioned as the host for the world premiere. The convertible and coupe models will follow in 2012. A GT variant will also appear in the new line-up.