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It’s been quite a few solid months of people getting to know the new BMW 5 Series and the Bavarian excellence it stands for.

2012 BMW 3 Series less camouflage
2012 BMW 3 Series less camouflage

During this time, most of the people interested in it realized they still can’t quite afford it, so turning their attention to the BMW 3 Series seems pretty appropriate.

Even though the BMW 3 Series is getting a lot of attention, stands at a prime spot in sales and is an excellent drive it is pretty old in conception and it’s nearing the end of its life.

We’re now expecting the new BMW 3 Series to be closer to a launch, but odds are it’s not really coming until next year and we’re still stuck with looking at camouflaged appearances.

2012 BMW 3 Series less camouflage
2012 BMW 3 Series less camouflage

The good news on this front is that the 2012 BMW 3 Series started making some appearances of a more revealing presence and it seems there’s a lot of good news coming our way.

Unlike the previous BMW 3 Series, we’re now actually getting what looks like a mini 2011 BMW 5 series. That is very good on pretty much all fronts.

If the 2012 BMW 3 Series gets to the point where it’s just a smaller car but with all the goodness of it’s big brother you simply can’t do better than that.

2012 BMW 3 Series less camouflage
2012 BMW 3 Series less camouflage

There’s word on the 2.0 liter turbo four making an appearance in the lineup and possibly a hybrid version but let’s focus on the big point at hand, buying a 3 Series simply means downsizing an excellent BMW and not downgrading it at the same time.