BMW replaced the "New Class" line with the compact
3 Series and the mid-sized
5 Series. But before that, BMW produced 2 lines of 6-cylinder large luxury cars, the 2+2 coupe
E9 and the 4-door sedan E3. The first "New Six" sedan models, the 2.5-L 2500 and the 2.8-L 2800, were introduced in Europe in 1968. And then the 3.0-L 3.0S and its fuel-injected version, the 3.0Si was added in 1971. In 1973, the first long wheel base (LWB) version was added, the 3.3-liter 3.3L, but was eventually replaced in 1975 by its fuel-injected version, the 3.3Li. Also in 1975, the LWB 2.8L replaced the 2800 and the LWB 3.0L was added. All models were replaced in 1977 by BMW's new full-sized luxury sedan line, the
In the U.S., the 2500 and 2800 were first introduced in 1969. But in 1971, both models were dropped and the 2.8-L engine was fitted to a 2500 sedan and was called the Bavaria. The Bavaria was given the 3.0-L engine in 1972 but the 3.0S wasn't introduced until 1974. In 1975, the 3.0Si replaced both the Bavaria and the 3.0S and was sold until 1976.