Because of the manufacturers’ embargo, I’m not yet allowed to talk about how good or otherwise the new BMW 3-series is to drive.

What I can remind you about, though – just to whet your appetite before Thursday’s first drive – are some of the key facts and figures about the 3-series, which was launched in October.

For example, the new car weighs 45kg LESS model on model, comes as standard with a new Drive Performance Control system that allows you to radically alter the car’s personality on the move, and is available with a new eight-speed flappy paddle gearshift as an option.

And don’t worry too much about the demise of the six-cylinder engine in the somewhat oddly badged 328i, which you may or may not have seen on the move in our teaser vid.

There may only be 2.0-litres and four cylinders thumping away beneath the bonnet, but there’s also 241bhp, 258lb ft of torque, 0-62mph in a scarcely believable 5.9sec (from a 2.0-litre four!) and the very real possibility of 40mpg plus if you’re just bumbling – as you very much tend to do with the Drive Performance Control set to Eco Pro.