2012 BMW 3 Series will be unveiled Friday 14 October 2011 image

It’s official. The Munich-based automaker will unveil the new 2012 BMW 3 Series this week, on October 14th 2011 at the BMW plant in Munich.

The upcoming generation of the 3-Series will be offered in five choices for gasoline engines, with the 316i (134 horsepower), the 320i (181 HP), 325i (218 HP, 328i (242 HP – 2.0 liters inline four-cylinder twinpower turbo), 335i (302 HP, 3.0 liters, six-cylinder twinpower turbo).

It’s not clear if BMW will carry forward a naturally-aspirated six-cylinder, though if it does, it will likely be badged as a 330i.

Diesel lovers will have to choose from three versions, the 316d (114 HP), the 318d (141 HP) and the 320d (181 HP), with the 323d and 335d likely to come later.

BMW’s Efficient Dynamics technologies is expected to be a major element in the new 3 Series, with low-drag aerodynamics and fuel-saving systems playing a role.

Moreover, the rumormill churns out that the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will use a 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbocharged TwinPower engine aided by an electrical engine to deliver an additional 40 kW (about 53 horsepower). No other details are known at the moment…

The new BMW 3 Series range is set to go on sale during the second half of next year, while the new ActiveHybrid 3 variant will likely join the market sometime after the initial model launch, possibly early in 2013.

Check back inautonews on Friday 14 for the complete details about the new 2012 BMW 3 Series.