20 July 2004

Bigger, faster, better to drive and even more popular - BMW's next 3-series will be all of these things when it arrives in Britain next summer, and Autocar reveals all about Munich's next junior executive class-leader this week. Munich's most successful model of all time has been forced to move upmarket to make room for the new 1-series hatchback; as a result, when it's re-invented next year, it will be more spacious, more luxurious, and more expensive than the car that's been rocketing up the UK sales charts during the last six years.

'Take one look at these scoop shots and artists' impressions and it quickly becomes apparent that this is a less extreme iteration of BMW's new look,' our news exclusive reads. 'The reason is simple. The 3-series is the cornerstone of BMW's business, accounting for 57 per cent of its global sales last year, and BMW knows it cannot afford to be too radical with it.'

'Already confirmed are the saloon (E90) and Touring estate (E91), together with a sportier coupé (E92) and a cabriolet (E93), which will be called 4-series,' it continues (see gallery). 'Insider talk of combined sales volumes as high as 750,000 by 2007.'

Get all the facts on BMW's next Three in this week's Autocar

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