The folks at Autoweek help feed our BMW 3-Series fix with a comprehensive rundown of the next generation's rollout in 2005. First the dimensions. The new 3-series will be 1.2 inches longer, a whopping 3 inches wider and almost a half an inch taller. All that on a wheelbase that is 1.4 inches longer than the current model. The first 3 to hit the states will most likely be the higher priced 330i with it's 258 horsepower engine with 221 lb-ft of torque, a boost of about 12%. Then expect the less expensive models and a wagon to follow in 2005. In 2006 the coupe and convertible will reach stateside along with a possible 5-seat compact multi-purpose vehicle, whatever that may be. All the 3s will ride on either 16 or 17-inch run flat tires. The 3-series accounted for 57% of BMW business last year worldwide so the success of the next generation is key to the company's success. With just the numbers on hand it sounds like a good start.
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