Bigger but lighter, more powerful yet more economical engines, more space inside and extra standard kit  – these are phrases you could attach to almost any new car launch in 2011. But there are new car launches and then there is the new BMW 3-series.

Right about now, the Bavarian giant is taking the covers off the all-new sixth-generation 3-series, codenamed F30. We’re at the launch, so stay tuned to autocar.co.uk for all the very latest news, car details and pictures from Munich.

We’ve already seen the car undisguised on a commercial photo shoot but nothing beats a close-up examination of those touched-up studio shots, a deciphering of the spec and a good debate (or argument) over the questions inevitably thrown up.

So, what can we expect from the new 3-series? Styling wise, it may not be the smaller 5-series clone we are all expecting. Those Barcelona spy pics showed a subtly different treatment for the front-end, in particular the headlights.