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2013 BMW 3-Series revealed

The first official pictures of the sixth-generation BMW 3-Series are out. BMW boasts new model, internally known as the F30, is larger, roomier, yet more fuel-efficient than the current car. The new car will be offered with a new turbocharged 2.

The first official pictures of the sixth-generation BMW 3-Series are out. BMW boasts new model, internally known as the F30, is larger, roomier, yet more fuel-efficient than the current car.

The new car will be offered with a new turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder, orignially found in the only-for-Canada X1 crossover, and the more traditional 3.0-litre six-cylinder carried over from the existing line. Plans call for a hybrid version mated to the six.

While a standard 6-speed manual transmission will be offered, an optional 8-speed automatic - one of the smoothest in the market - will also be available.

The new 3 is expected to be North America's introduction to auto stop/start technology on a gasoline engine - a feature that is already common in Europe. In North America it is a feature currently only found on hybrid vehicles.

The new 3 is expected to go on sale in February after its official introduction at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January.