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Like the 2012 BMW 6-Series, the 2012 BMW 3-Series is all-new this year, though unlike the 6-Series, it might be a little harder to tell if you don't have an eye for detail.

That's not to say the new 3-Series looks like the last--just that it doesn't look all that different on first glance. Look more closely, however, and you'll notice a lower, neater front end rising into a slightly taller hood. The familiar kidney grille remains, of course, but the headlights are more streamlined, the lower air dam is more cleanly integrated, and the roofline is slightly longer. Of course, the last 3-Series was a fantastic car on most measures, looks included, so BMW can't be blamed for not wandering far from its previous mark.

Under the hood, there's an all-new engine in the 328i. The normally-aspirated 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder in last year's model is gone, replaced for 2012 with BMW's new 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Rated slightly stronger at 240 horsepower and a...
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