Launch: November in Germany, from January 2001 in the rest of Europe
Segment: Lower luxury
Prices: In Germany, starting at DM42,300 (E21,425) for the 1.6-liter gasoline model, rising to DM71,329 for the 3.0-liter V-6 quattro.
Competitors: BMW 3 series, Mercedes-Benz C-class, Alfa Romeo 156, Lancia Lybra, Rover 75, Saab 9-3, Lexus IS200
Engines: Gasoline - 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, 102hp; 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, 130hp; 1.8-liter, four-cylinder turbo, 150hp; 3.0-liter
V-6, 220hp. Diesel - 1.9-liter, four-cylinder TDI, 130hp; 2.5-liter V-6 TDI, 180hp
Dimensions: 4547mm long, 1766mm wide, 1428mm high, 2650mm wheelbase
Standard: ESP (electronic stability program) including EDS (electronic differential lock) and brake assistance; antilock brakes with EBV (electronic brake force distribution); traction control system; driver and front passenger airbags and 'sideguard' head-level airbag system; automatic air conditioning; electrically adjustable exterior mirrors; electric front windows; central locking with radio remote control; fully adjustable steering column; power steering; heat-reflective glass; engine immobilizer; central locking; prepared for Isofix child seats