BMW's long awaited new 3 Series is due for launch here in March. We have some preview details.

With Mercedes and Audi having improved their 3 Series competitors in the recent past, the new BMW will need to set some competitive standards. We'll have to wait a while yet to see exactly how that can be achieved. In the meantime, BMW has revealed its pricing and specification levels for the car.

Prices start at €43,770.
Prices start at €43,770.

The entry-level 1.8 diesel will start at €43,770, while the 2.0 litre diesel - with 190 horsepower - will cost from €45,190. An automatic version of that car with X drive will cost about another €2,000. BMW Ireland says moving from the outgoing 2.0 litre diesel model to the new one will only cost an extra €519.

Prices go right up to €53,460 for the 3.3 litre automatic petrol sport version.

A 330e iPerformance model with plug-in hybrid will also be available.

Standard equipment will include extended LED lights front and rear, ambient interior lighting, a reversing camera, three-zone air conditioning for the rear, folding mirrors, acoustic glazing, a sports steering wheel and a 8.8 " infotainment screen. The Sport version gets extras like bigger wheels and leather seats that are heated.