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BMW officially announced pricing for its all-new 2012 3 Series, which is set to arrive in showrooms early next year. According to the automaker, the base-level 2012 328i sedan will start at $36,650 including destination, while the more powerful 335i will be priced from $44,150.

While it's not unusual for automakers to raise prices annually to keep up with inflation, both figures represent substantial increases over prices for the outgoing model. The current 328i sedan starts at $35,475 including destination, making it $1,175 less expensive than the new version, while the 2011 335i starts at $42,925 - a full $1,225 less than its successor. But according to the upscale brand, the new sedan's updated styling, new engines and exciting new features justify the extra expense.

For the first time in nearly two decades, the 3 Series will be offered with a four-cylinder engine in the US. The 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine found in the current 328i is being replaced by a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The new engine provides better fuel economy, but can still propel the car from 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. The 335i keeps its 300-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Both models receive a new 8-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the old 6-speed auto. Of course, a 6-speed manual is still available for those who prefer to shift their own gears with a clutch.

The 2012 3 Series is heavily revamped inside and out. Exterior lines mimic BMW's new design language and more closely resemble the automaker's updated 5 and 7 Series sedans. Interior styling is significantly updated. The sedan is also longer, wider and roomier than the current model, but still manages to shed 88 pounds and retain its signature 50/50 weight distribution.

According to BMW, the 328i and 335i sedan will be closely followed by all-wheel drive 328xi and 335xi models. In the fall, the automaker will roll out its first-ever hybrid 3 Series. Dubbed the ActiveHybrid 3, the sedan will feature the 335i's turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine mated to a 55-horsepower electric motor capable of operating the vehicle for 2.5 miles on electric power alone. Undoubtedly, coupe, convertible, station wagon and high-performance M3 models won't be far behind.

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