New BMW 3 series will have more diesel versions

Munich. BMW will launch its new 3 series next year with an expanded diesel range.

Four engine versions will be offered when the model is introduced on March 5 -- a 320i four-cylinder gasoline engine with 150hp; 325i and 330i six-cylinder engines with 218hp and 258hp respectively and a 320d diesel engine with 163hp.

A 318i engine version with 120hp will follow at the end of 2005. The 3-series' diesel engine range also will be expanded to include 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines.

All 3-series models will have six-speed manual transmission as standard. A six-speed automatic transmission will be available at an extra cost. An automatic SMG transmission will follow at a later date.

The iDrive operating system will be available with a navigation system as an option.

For the first time, BMW will launch a station wagon version, the 3 Series Touring, in the same year as the sedan's introduction. Sales of the 3 Series Touring will start in October 2005.

A coupe and a four-seater convertible version will be launched in 2006 and 2007.

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