Sharper styling, more space, and greater efficiency: that's the mantra for the new BMW 3 Series.
If you were expecting radically different looks from the current 3 Series, don't be too disappointed to find that it's more of an evolution rather than revolution: think mini 5 Series and you'll be about there.
A wider version of the famous double-kidney grille will be the focal point of a more purposeful front end, while the rear will move the game on subtly from the outgoing car.
The new saloon – codenamed F30 – will be the subject of myriad changes under the skin, the main aim being to increase efficiency.
The trend for small, turbocharged engines will continue, with blown 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrols and diesels being added to the range as part of the firm's EfficientDynamics range.
BMW is also chopping its 3.0-litre V6 powerplant in half to create a super-economical 1.5-litre three-cylinder unit. This will develop 150bhp while sipping fuel at a miserly rate of 75mpg, while CO2 emissions are tipped to sneak in below the magic 100g/km barrier, which will make it exempt from road tax.
The new 3 Series will make its debut this autumn, with the three-cylinder engine becoming available from late 2012.