Spied: Next Generation BMW 3-Series Testing

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Make no mistake about it, the next generation BMW 3-Series is just around the corner. Set for a 2012 debut, we're seeing new details of the automaker's new bread and butter car emerge. From what we can see so far, BMW's trademark rear door design and short overhangs remain in place for the sedan, but other styling details remain unclear. More than likely, we'll be seeing many design cues taken from the 5-Series, especially in the front and rear bumpers.

What we can confirm so far about the upcoming 2012 3-Series is that it'll have a larger interior and better fuel economy than the current car. Expect for the 3.0-liter I-6 to return somewhere in the neighborhood of 19/28 mpg for the 328i and 17/28 mpg for the 335i. Rumors are still going around about whether BMW will replace the 328i's I-6 with a turbo four-cylinder. If so, fuel economy would probably increase to about 20/30 mpg. Photos courtesy of MotorTrend.

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