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A look at the latest BMW 3 Series Saloon

The sixth-generation of the BMW 3 Series Saloon has new powertrains and additional EfficientDynamics fuel-saving, emissions-reducing technologies.

The latest BMW 3 Series Saloon is larger than the previous model as well as being lighter, quicker and more fuel-efficient.

It features a stiffer body and an all-new chassis based on a longer wheelbase which is now 2,810mm - an increase of 50mm on the previous model - with wider tracks of 37mm at the front and 47mm at the rear.

Increased in overall length by 93mm, it has the characteristic BMW design proportions of short overhangs.

BMW has increased the number of trim levels on the 3 Series Saloon to six - with a wide range of packages and individual options.

The saloon has pronounced wheel arches and headlamp units which blend into the double-kidney grille to form a continuous band across the front of the car. There are also air inlets beneath the headlights.

The coupé-like profile also features L-shaped rear light units with LED light bars and decorative trims for the grille and around the windows.

The BMW 3 Series Saloon is 93mm longer than the previous model and 6mm narrower, excluding door mirrors.

There is 18mm more feet entry freedom, 15mm more knee room and 8mm more headroom in the rear, while the height of the rear door and its opening angle have both been increased.

The boot offers 480-litres of luggage space.

The Saloon is fitted with electromechanical power steering which consumes no energy when the car is being driven in a straight line or in steady-state cornering.

Servotronic speed-sensitive power assistance is standard on the 328i and 335i derivatives and optional on all others.

All-independent suspension is by aluminium torque struts, wishbones and swivel joints at the front and an improved and refined version of the proven five-link arrangement from the previous 3 Series Saloon at the rear.

Every version - apart from the 320d EfficientDynamics, which has 16-inch aerodynamic alloys and non-run-flat tyres - has alloy wheels of at least 17-inches in diameter which are shod with run-flat tyres linked to a tyre puncture warning system.

The rolling resistance of the tyres has been reduced by 15 per cent compared with those on the previous model.

BMW is again offering the ES, SE and M Sport versions of the 3 Series Saloon, but is also adding Sport, Modern and Luxury trims.