The new BMW 3-series saloon will be unveiled to the UK public at the Performance Car Show

The new BMW 3-series saloon will be unveiled to the UK public for the first time on Autocar's stand at the Performance Car Show: Powered by next month.

The highly-anticipated 3-series will go on sale here in March 2012, but visitors to the Performance Car Show at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 14/15 January will be able to get up close and personal with Munich's new machine.

Seven variants of the BMW 3-series will go on sale, and the one at the show will be the 320d Sport model. Equipped with BMW’s new four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engine that generates 184bhp, the 320d Sport can do 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 146mph.

It features Drive Performance Control as standard, allowing the driver to choose between four modes: Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and even Sport+ on the Sport models, for those wanting the ultimate road experience.

The 3-series will share the spotlight on Autocar's stand with three other cars that have made an enormous impression on the automotive world during the past 12 months.

The Porsche Cayman R was voted Autocar's best handling car of 2011, the Range Rover Evoque made a headline-grabbing debut and Ginetta's 3.7-litre, V6-powered G60 proved that low-volume British sports car production is alive and kicking.

The Performance Car Show is part of Autosport International, which features stars and cars from all disciplines of motorsport.

Tickets for the event are now on sale, with adult tickets priced at £30 per day. Children’s tickets are priced at £19.50 (children under five years of age go free). Each ticket includes access to Autosport International and a reserved seat in the Live Action Arena. For more information and to book tickets, call +44 (0)844 581 1419 or visit

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