2012 BMW 3-Series

Platform: Internally called the F30, the next 3-series is based on a new compact, rear- and all-wheel-drive architecture. Like today’s lineup, expect a station wagon, a coupe, and a hardtop convertible.

2012 BMW 3-Series

Powertrain: BMW will continue to sell an inline-six version, but also expect turbocharged fours, which could make upward of 300 horsepower. The M3 is likely to lose the V-8 in favor of a 400-plus-hp turbo six.

Competition: Acura TL, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-class.

Estimated arrival and price: First view happens at the 2012 Geneva auto show or maybe a few months earlier. Prices remain in the $35,000-to-$50,000 range. The new 3 goes on sale in the fall of 2012.

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