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by Tim Beissmann

Hot on the heels of the all-new 2012 BMW 3 Series unveiling, the wraps have come off the new model’s performance-themed M Sport package.

The new aero package gives the new 3 Series a more aggressive face, incorporating the dramatic flowing character lines that preview the upcoming M3.

The 2012 BMW 3 Series M Sport scores 18-inch light-alloy wheels, M Sport suspension and BMW Individual high-gloss Shadowline trim.

The theme continues inside with unique cloth/Alcantara sports seats, blue-accent trim inserts, and a number of ‘M’ themed highlights including leather steering wheel, manual gearstick, doorsill finishers and driver’s footrest.

Optional features on top of the M Sport package include 19-inch alloys, a new M paint shade and blue-finished brakes.

BMW Australia’s Michelle Lang said timing of the M Sport package was not yet confirmed for Australia, although she suggested it would be reasonable to expect it a few months after the launch of the 3 Series sedan range, which is scheduled to go on sale locally early in the second quarter of 2012.

Meanwhile, Ms Lang said BMW Australia “definitely” expects the all-new 3 Series Touring (wagon) models to arrive in local showrooms before the end of next year.




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