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2014 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

At the end of 2011, BMW unveiled the new generation 3 Series in sedan version, but left the station wagon out in the cold after that. Now, after we capturing the car during its testing a few times, BMW has finally dropped the official details on the new 3 Series Sports Wagon.

As expected, the station wagon version will feature the same design language as the sedan model, albeit with an extended rear for better cargo room.

Unfortunately, BMW wasn’t so generous in offering models for the Sports Wagon. In fact, there is only one model available – 328i xDrive – but there are plenty of optional packages to spruce it up a bit. BMW will offer Sport Line, Luxury Line, and Modern Line equipment packages, as well as an optional M Sport package which will be available at launch.

UPDATE 05/10/2013: This review has been updated with all of the 2014 model year details.

Hit the jump to read more about the new 3 Series Sports Wagon.

Exterior and Interior

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

The Bimmer 3 Series Sports Wagon comes with similar styling as its predecessor, but it will get an added 3.66 inches in length, and a 1.96-inch longer wheelbase in order to offer extra room for passengers and luggage alike. Its front and rear tracks are also increased by 1.46 inches and 1.85 inches, respectively.

The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon will also benefit from enhanced ride comfort, the availability of the new Sport Line, Luxury Line, and Modern Line equipment packages, and the materials and color concept found in the recently introduced 3 Series Sedan.

On the inside, the 3 Series Sports Wagon is extremely versatile. It includes a pair of coat hangers, a 12-volt outlet and four tie-down hooks in the cargo area. Under the cargo area is a storage compartment for small items and a partition net can help keep items from clanging off of one another while you tackle the twist on the way to pick up Billy from soccer practice.

Speaking of the cargo hull, the Sport Wagon offer up to 35.3 cubic-feet of cargo room. The tailgate opening is 40.5 inches high by 26 inches wide, making it easy to slide even the largest cargo in place.

2014 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon Standard Exterior Features:

  • Star Spoke (Style 393) 17 x 7.5 light alloy wheels and 225/50 run-flat all-season tires
  • Halogen high- and low-beam headlights
  • Halogen free-form front fog lights (not available with M Sport)
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers and Automatic headlight control
  • Ground-illuminating lights in door handles
  • 2-way power glass panoramic moonroof with "one-touch" operation and sliding interior sunshade

2014 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon Standard Interior Features:

  • 8-way power front seats; includes 2-way manual headrests, and driver memory with 2 presets for exterior mirror and seat positions
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Split fold-down through-load rear seats
  • Satin Matte interior trim
  • Floormats
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with controls for audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth wireless communication for hands-free mobile phone4
  • Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling (if equipped with compatible Bluetooth phone4) and phonebook downloading capabilities
  • USB audio connection
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • On-board computer with Check Control: provides feedback on the vehicle’s operating status, including oil level indicator and distance to next service appointment/oil change, as well as other detailed information such as micro-filter status. It also provides travel information travel range on remaining fuel, external temperature and more
  • iDrive system with 6.5-inch full color flat-screen display, Controller and 8 programmable memory buttons
  • BMW TeleService (includes a 10-year subscription)
  • Anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player audio system with Radio Data System (RDS)
  • Auxiliary audio input for portable music players
  • HD Radio with "multicast" FM station reception
  • Engine Start/Stop button
  • Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory includes climate-control temperature and air-distribution settings, exterior mirror and power seat settings, audio tone settings and radio presets, central-locking preferences, and lighting preferences
  • Automatic climate control includes micro-filter, automatic air recirculation, left/right temperature control, temperature- and volume-controlled rear outlets, windshield misting sensor, MAX A/C function, heat at rest, and recall of individual user settings
  • Front-seat center armrest Rear-seat center armrest with cupholders
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel column
  • Power-adjustable folding exterior mirrors with automatic-dimming function
  • Automatic-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Power front and rear windows with "one-touch" up/down operation
  • Dynamic Cruise Control5
  • BMW Ambiance lighting front and rear
  • Courtesy lights include fade in/fade out, actuation from remote, automatic switch-on when engine is turned off, separately controlled left/right front and rear reading lights, front footwell lighting, and illuminated vanity mirrors Ground-illuminating lights in door handles
  • Locking glovebox
  • Electric interior tailgate release
  • Integrated 3-button Universal garage-door opener
  • Four 12-volt power sockets
  • Storage package

Optional Line Equipment

Exterior
Sport Line Luxury LineModern LineM Sport Line
18” Sport Multi-spoke wheel design18” Luxury multi-spoke wheel design18” Modern turbine wheel design18” Star-spoke light alloy wheels with rear run flat performance tires
High-gloss black front air intake surround with silver cross-barsParallel Chrome decorative accents front air intakeDecorative matte chrome accents in front air intakeM Aerodynamic Package
High-gloss black kidney grille barsChrome kidney grille barsMatte chrome kidney grille barsExclusive M Estoril blue exterior paint color
Black rear-views mirrorsHigh-gloss chrome window surround
High-gloss black b-pillar
Black strip above front air dam and rear loading edgeHigh-gloss chrome strip above front air dam and rear loading edgeMatte chrome strip above front air dam and rear loading edgeExclusive M Sport door-sills and foot rests and color motif
Sport suspension
Black chrome exhaust pipe trimChrome exhaust pipe trimMatte chrome exhaust pipe trimShadowline exterior trim
Black roof railsChrome roof railsChrome roof railsBlack roof rails
Interior
Sport Line Luxury LineModern LineM Sport Line
BMW Sport entry doorsillsBMW Luxury entry doorsillsBMW Modern entry doorsill
Sport leather steering wheel with exclusive red stitchingSport leather steering wheelSport leather steering wheel in exclusive bright color3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function M Sport steering wheel with paddle shifters
Sport seats with exclusive red stitching and pipingLeather upholstery with exclusive stitchingLeather upholstery with exclusive stitching and piping8-way power adjustable front sport M Sport seats
Choice of high-gloss black or aluminum interior trims with red or black lower accentChoice of two fine wood interior trims with chrome lower accentChoice of Dark Pearl metallic, aluminum and two fine wood interior trims with chrome lower accent
Color switch with exclusive colors for welcome and ambient lightingLower dashboard in exclusive brown leather color (in combination with the Saddle Brown Dakota leather upholstery)Dashboard (including upper side) in exclusive bright color (also in combination with the Black Dakota leather upholstery)Aluminum trim
Chrome rings around climate and radio control panel buttonsChrome rings around climate and radio control panel buttonsChrome rings around climate and radio control panel buttonsAnthracite headliner
Instrument cluster with red highlight and chronoscaleCenter console fringe in chromeOyster-colored instrument cluster with chronoscale
Black signature key fob with red Sport accentBlack signature key fob with chrome Luxury accentOyster signature key fob with silver Modern accent

Engine, Suspension and Brakes

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

BMW offers only one 3 Series Sports Wagon variant in the U.S. and that is the 328i xDrive. This wagon features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with the now famous TwinPower Turbo Technology. This engine puts down 241 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,250 rpm. The engine links up to an eight-speed STEPTRONIC transmission with Adaptive Transmission Control. This driveline allows the Bimmer wagon to hit 60 mph in just 6 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. Thanks to its automatic start/stop system, the 3 Series is rated at 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.

Up front, this sporty wagon features a double-pivot suspension and the rear suspension boasts a five-link system with aluminum transverse arms. Dynamic Stability Control keeps the wagon in check in the corners and a set of twin-tube gas shocks.

Bringing the wagon to a halt is a high-performance, lightweight disc brake system and ABC and Dynamic Brake Control. Also included is Brake Fade Compensation to help prevent extended braking distances when the pads and rotors get hot.

Prices

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

Model Base Pricing

Model MSRP
328i xDrive$41,450

Line Pricing

Package MSRP
Luxury Line (ZLL)$2,300
Modern Line (ZML)$2,300
Sport Line (ZSL)$2,600
M Sport Line (ZMM)$3,950

Package Pricing

Package MSRP
Cold weather package (ZCW)$950
Driver assistance package (ZDA)$1,900
Driver assistance plus (ZDB)$700
Dynamic handling package (ZDH)$1,000
Lighting package (ZLP)$900
Premium package (ZPP)$2,200

Optional Equipment Pricing

Equipment MSRP
Roof rails black$100
Sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters$500
Anti-theft alarm system$400
Rear view camera$400 (included with ZDA)
Rear manual side window shades$250
Heated front seats$500 (included with ZCW)
Park distance control$750 (included with ZDA)
Automatic high beams$250
Active cruise control with Stop&Go$2,400
Navigation system with voice command and BMW Apps$2,150 (included with ZTP)
Harmon Kardon surround sound system$875
Burl Walnut trim$500 (included with ZMM)
Dakota Leather upholstery$1,450
Metalic paint$550

Competition

2014 Acura TSX Wagon

Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Acura has yet to unveil the 2014 TSX, but we assume that it will retain all of the same features as the 2013 model. This sporty wagon comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. This makes it drastically underpowered when compared to to BMW BMW ’s offering. Fortunately for Acura, it loaded the TSX Sport Wagon with tons of standard features, including: Xenon HID headlights, halogen foglights, glass moonroof, power-actuated and heated front seats, leather-wrapped sport-style steering wheel, perforated leather trimmed seating surfaces and 360-watt Premium Audi Audi o System with seven speakers and a subwoofer. Additionally, the TSX is significantly cheaper with its $31,860 base MSRP.

2014 Cadillac CTS Wagon

Cadillac CTS Sedan

We know a good bit of information on the 2014 CTS Sedan, but the Coupe and Wagon models are still relatively unknown. Rumors have suggested that it will see its demise with the redesign, but we are skeptical of this claim. If it does see production, we assume it will give the 3 Series Sport Wagon the same fits that the CTS Sedan and Coupe have given the base 3 Series in the past. This is doubly true if the Caddy wagon sees a Vsport model, which carries a 420-horsepower V-6. At the very least, the CTS Wagon would carry a 272-horsepwoer four-cylinder or a 321-horsepower V-6.

Conclusion

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

The 3 Series Sports Wagon is a nice addition to the line up and its impressive 6-secon naught to 60 mph sprint it awesome. We are wondering why it took a full model year to get the 3 Series Wagon on the same playing field as the 3 Series Sedan, but better late than never. Bimmer leads the pack in luxury sport wagons for now, but if the CTS ends up with a wagon variant, BMW has its work cut out for it.

LOVE IT
  • Impressive look
  • Powerful engine
  • All the latest technologies
LEAVE IT
  • Pretty expensive
  • No low-priced base option

Press Release

All-New BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

More details revealed for the much anticipated wagon of enthusiasts

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 5, 2012 6:00pm EDT… The favorite wagon of enthusiasts, the all-new 3 Series Sports Wagon will again offer the flexibility and utility one would expect from a premium wagon combined with the driving dynamics of the quintessential sport sedan, the BMW 3 Series. The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon will launch in Europe later this year and is set to arrive in US showrooms in the Spring of 2013 with the award winning N20 4-cylinder TwinTurbo engine, 8-speed automatic transmission and the equipment Lines shared with its recently introduced 328i sedan sibling.

The new 3 Series Sports Wagon is slightly larger than its predecessor, most notably its wider track (front + 37 mm/1.46 in., rear + 48 mm/1.85 in.). The car’s length (+ 97 mm/3.66 in.) and wheelbase (+ 50 mm/1.96 in.) also accentuate its sporting character. Inside, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, rear passengers will appreciate the noticeable increase in space made possible by the larger dimensions. These larger dimensions also pay dividends in utility with nearly ten percent more cargo volume both with the rear seats up and when folded.

The new 3 Series Sports Wagon will be the next model to offer BMW Lines as a way to tailor the car to individual tastes, just as with the Sedan, by choosing from a quartet of trim and equipment variants – the Sport Line, Luxury Line, Modern Line and M Sport Line Each presents its own individual take on the character of the Sports wagon, with exclusive, high-quality trim and material combinations. For the enthusiast who wants to go beyond even the Sport Line, the M Sport Line will also be offered from launch because it is, after all, a BMW 3 Series at its heart.

BMW 328i Sports Wagon: new 4-cylinder gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo technology sets a new benchmark for driving dynamics and efficiency. With the launch of the new sports wagon, an ultra-modern 4-cylinder engine makes its debut in a BMW sports wagon. In keeping with the dynamic overall theme of the new BMW sports sedan, this new-generation of turbocharged engines offers plenty of power and performance, responsive acceleration, powerful torque, a high rpm ceiling and low weight. The new 4-cylinder engine, provides noticeably livelier power for maximum driving enjoyment, also comes with lower fuel consumption than its predecessor.

The state-of-the-art, lively 2.0-litre engine marks a return to the popular sports wagon’s roots – it was with lightweight, high-performance 4-cylinder engines in a similar vein that the BMW 3 Series made its debut back in 1975, with the first 6-cylinder engines for this series making their appearance at the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The significant upgrade in power and efficiency is chiefly down to the use of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which combines High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC variable valve timing along with twin-scroll turbocharging. On the new-generation 4-cylinder engine, this world-exclusive technology package from BMW again provides a very efficient way to extract more power from the engine, rather than taking the route of a much larger displacement and, in the process, adding to the weight and therefore to fuel consumption. This explains why the more dynamic performance and driving enjoyment does not come at the expense of higher fuel consumption and emissions.

The new BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder’s displacement of 1,997 cc delivers maximum power of 180 kW/ 240 hp at 5,000 rpm while, thanks to twin-scroll turbocharging, the maximum torque of 255 lb-ft is developed at just 1,250 rpm and remains constant up to 4,800 rpm. These statistics translate to commensurately dynamic performance: the new BMW 328i accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.0 seconds, on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph with Sport Line. The engine responds instantly when the driver demands more throttle, and the vigorous and almost linear power delivery from only slightly above idle, which continues all the way into the higher rpm range, is duly impressive.

BMW TwinPower Turbo technology in the new 4-cylinder engine.

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

This new engine is the most powerful in a new generation of 4-cylinder engines designed in accordance with the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy, which aims to combine increased driving enjoyment with reduced fuel consumption and emissions. In technical terms, this new 4-cylinder engine is modeled on the current multi-award-winning 6-cylinder inline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (N55), which is the benchmark in its class for dynamic power delivery and impressive efficiency. This world-exclusive technology combines High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC variable valve timing with twin-scroll turbocharging.

These features give the new BMW 328i the sort of power which with a naturally aspirated engine would require more cylinders and larger displacement. At the same time, with its all-aluminum crankcase, this engine is lighter and more compact than a 6-cylinder engine of equivalent power. This has obvious benefits for driving dynamics: the reduced load on the front axle gives this BMW sports wagon greater agility and further improved steering and cornering characteristics.

Twin-scroll turbocharging.

The new 4-cylinder engines also feature twin-scroll turbocharging. This means that the exhaust stream from cylinders 1 and 4, and the exhaust stream from cylinders 2 and 3, follow separate spiral-shaped paths to the turbine wheel. This reduces exhaust back-pressure at low engine rpm, allowing the energy of the exhaust gas pulses to be utilized as efficiently as possible. The result is instant throttle response and fast-revving performance which BMW drivers can instantly translate into driving pleasure.

VALVETRONIC, Double-Vanos and High Precision Direct Injection.

The combination of a high power output and a simultaneous reduction in emissions is achieved by VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing. The latest generation of the VALVETRONIC system features a faster-acting, optimized stepper motor with integrated sensor. Seamlessly variable control of intake valve lift dispenses with the need for a throttle butterfly. Instead, the air mass is controlled inside the engine, resulting in faster response. At the same time, pumping losses have been reduced to a minimum.

The excellent efficiency is also down to the High Precision Direct Injection system. Centrally positioned between the valves, solenoid injectors precisely control the supply of fuel. The fuel is injected very close to the spark plug, with a maximum injection pressure of 200 bar (2900 psi), resulting in clean and homogeneous combustion. The cooling effect of the directly injected fuel also results in a higher compression ratio than on port injection engines, bringing further efficiency improvements.

Exceptional performance assisted by innovative design features.

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

The exceptional performance of the new engine is also due to various innovative features of the core engine. For example, twin balancer shafts positioned at different heights result in optimized vibration absorption, while a centrifugal pendulum absorber integrated in the dual-mass flywheel brings a noticeable reduction in irregular running at low engine rpm. The driver can therefore make full use of the strong low-end torque without sacrificing smoothness. These factors all help to explain why the new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine achieves refinement, noise and vibration of a kind that was previously confined to BMW 6-cylinder engines.

All this performance comes with exceptional fuel economy figures. In the EU test cycle, the new BMW 328i Touring records average fuel consumption of only 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres (41.5 mpg), allowing it to better the economy of the outgoing 160 kW/218 hp BMW 325i Sport Wagon by a full 10 per cent. Technical progress is equally in evidence with the new eight-speed automatic transmission, which can claim an improvement of up to 11 per cent in fuel economy over its predecessor (6.5 liters / 43.4 mpg imp.

Sporty 8-speed automatic transmission as standard; state-of-the-art 8-speed sports automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shift is optionally available. The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon owes its characteristic driving experience not just to its high-torque, fast-revving engines, but also to its transmissions. For performance-minded drivers the transmission, as the interface where the power from the engine is relayed to the rear wheels, is pivotal to a dynamic driving experience. It is just as important for it to offer precise shifting as to provide the right ratios. Smooth shifting, low noise and efficient design are further qualities demanded in the premium segment. For drivers who value a silky smooth seamlessly variable transmission and love to leave the shifting to the transmission, they will find an ideal offering in the innovative 8-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can also opt for a sports automatic version of this transmission, with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts as an upgrade with the Sport Line and M Sport package.

Innovative 8-speed automatic transmission: efficient power transmission and optimal ratios.

The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon equipped with the optionally available high-performance
sport 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifts, offers additional ratios not currently offered by any competitors in the premium compact sports wagon segment – This transmission combines unprecedented standards of comfortable shifting, sporty performance and efficiency. With all this going for it, the automatic transmission is fully in keeping with the overall sporty temperament of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon.

In terms of size and weight, this 8-speed unit is comparable with the 6-speed automatic transmission used in the past. A range of innovative technical features and exceptionally high internal efficiency allow this higher-performance unit to combine powerful acceleration, strong mid-range sprinting and further reduced fuel consumption. For performance-minded drivers this transmission also has lots to offer, particularly since the driver can choose to play a more active role by changing gears manually, thereby releasing even more of this sporty wagon’s potential.

With its optimized control technology, the 8-speed transmission boasts extremely fast shift and reaction times and direct downshift capability. The electronic transmission controller can also alter the shift characteristics as required, to cater either for a sportier or for a more relaxed, fuel-saving driving style. Despite a larger overall spread, eight ratios mean that the spacing between them is smaller, so that the optimal ratio is available in virtually all situations. The close ratios deliver turbine-like power combined with smooth and fuel-efficient low-rpm operation. The new 8-speed automatic also allows drivers to maintain a very economical driving style.

A sports version of the new 8-speed automatic transmission is available as an option for cars equipped with the Sport Line and M Sport package. This unit offers even sportier shift characteristics (e.g. faster shift times), and the option of changing gear manually using the paddle shifts on the steering wheel. Alternatively, it is also possible to use the electronic selector lever on the center console. The Normal and Sport modes are chosen using the Driving Dynamics Control switch. This allows the sports automatic to deliver both dynamic driving enjoyment and top-level comfort.

Striking face with precise contours and multi-faceted surfaces.

BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon

Characteristically, the sporting nature of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is made apparent to the eye by its wide track. By accentuating the width of the car, the multi-faceted surfaces of the expressive front fascia give the 3 Series Sports Wagon a more athletic appearance than ever.

A three-dimensional interpretation of the upright, slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille emphasizes an assured presence. LED accent lights positioned like eyebrows above the traditional four round headlights with corona rings (if Adaptive Xenon headlights are specified) lend an extra intensity to the classic BMW focused look. Clearly defined headlight surrounds now extend up to the frame of the kidney grille, merging the headlights and grille into a single stylistic element and adding further emphasis to the car’s broad-set stance. The 3 Series Sports Wagon replaces the central air intake of its predecessor with two larger intakes, which are positioned underneath the headlights to the outer edges of the front fascia and add extra depth to the wagon’s sporty look. On the left and right edges of the main ducts are small vertical intakes which help create the “Air Curtain”. This new technology improves air flow around the front wheels, enhancing aerodynamic efficiency and reducing fuel consumption at higher speeds.

The closely spaced, squat openings of the kidney grille, with their eye-catching surrounds, form the most prominent element of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon’s front design. It is also where the precise lines of the dynamically contoured hood begin at the base of the A pillars and flow over the full length of the hood. The result is a front that appears lower-slung, giving the 3 Series Sports Wagon a clear sporting edge when viewed head-on.

Precise lines produce a silhouette that enhances the sport wagon’s dynamic impact.

Powerfully taut surfaces with sweeping lines dominate the side view of the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, stretching the car visually and lending extra verve to its dynamic stance. The flanks of the car are shaped by an eye-catching double character line running alongside each other. The higher character line emerges out of the low-slung nose and flows over the front wheel with an understated sweep, in a nod to the wagon’s fleetness of foot. The second character line develops lower down behind the front wheel and follows a delicately arching path towards the rear. Together, they reinforce the dynamic wedge shape of the wagon’s flanks. As well as providing a discreet increase in muscularity in the rear section below the character line, these styling cues also create vivid light and shade effects, which draw further attention to the wagon’s wide track.

The wagon’s athletic overall impression is emphasized by the steeply raked D-pillars, the angle of the rear window and the subtly wedge-shaped geometry of the window surfaces. The roofline – which slopes downwards slightly to the rear and is extended visually by a spoiler – and the “Hofmeister kink” at the foot of the D-pillar also generate a sense of dynamic tension. The fine balance between the greenhouse and the body lends the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon a sporty, elegant and nimble look, while the rear lights extend well into the sides of the body and combine with its flowing lines to create a harmonious transition between the flanks and rear section.

The rear of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon also boasts a blend of sporting elegance and modern practicality. The horizontal lines and L-shaped lights set far to the outer edges accentuate the subtly flared fenders and the wider track. Two integrated bars of LEDs allow a slim light design and ensure they maintain an appearance that is instantly recognizable as a BMW both day and night. The positioning of the lights at the outer edges of the rear underline the car’s hunkered-down stance on the road. The large tailgate opening with separate rear window opening and low sill make loading and unloading bulky items that much easier while offering an accessibility option to loading and unloading cargo.

The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon again features a rear window that opens separately from the tailgate. The window is unlocked electrically via a button on the rear window wiper arm and opened by hand. This practical function makes it easier to load and unload smaller items – especially when space is tight, as the rear window opens up rather than out.

In order to make access to its generous cargo area easier, a power tailgate will be offered for the first time on a 3 Series Sports Wagon. Getting into the cargo area can be done at the touch of a button, either on the remote key or from inside the interior. Access is made even easier when Comfort Access is ordered, as it will include the Hands Free Opening Tailgate. If one approaches the new 3 Series Sports Wagon with hands full, one need only stick a foot under the rear bumper to initiate the operation and the tailgate automatically swings open.

Driving Dynamics Control switch with ECO PRO mode: extra-sporty, more relaxed or more fuel-efficient driving modes – at the press of a button.

The new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon offers impressive driving dynamics combined with new standards of comfort unique in its segment. This is a result of superbly tuned suspension which achieves an astonishing balance between dynamics and comfort. On top of this, drivers are also able to vary the overall character of the sports wagon depending on the driving situation or to suit their personal preferences. As well as sportier or more comfortable drive settings, they can also opt for extra fuel efficiency. The different modes are selected using the new Driving Dynamics Control function including ECO PRO mode, which is standard on all 3 Series models.

Using the Driving Dynamics Control switch, the driver is able to customize accelerator response characteristics, engine response, the power steering characteristics and the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) thresholds. The Servotronic function, the automatic transmission and Dynamic Damper Control are integrated into the system too. Using the simple-to-operate rocker switch on the center console, drivers can choose between ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ (depending on equipment) modes. Each of these predefined setups activates different settings for the relevant power train and suspension components.

In SPORT mode, for example, throttle response is very sharp and the steering becomes even more direct. The shift points of the automatic transmission are altered to provide a significantly sportier drive.

An additional button allows the driver to change the DSC settings. Selecting Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) mode, for example, makes it much easier to start off on loose surfaces or in deep snow. In this mode as well as in SPORT+ mode, the Dynamic Stability Control thresholds are raised and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) is activated. It is also possible to shut off DSC altogether. The electronic limited-slip function for the rear differential can then provide extra-sporty acceleration out of corners or hairpin curves.

ECO PRO mode, meanwhile, supports an extra-efficient and economy-conscious driving style. It does this by changing the accelerator mapping so that the same pedal travel delivers less power than in the standard mode. Also in this mode, the automatic transmission control strategy is modified so as to upshift sooner and to delay downshifts, while intelligent energy and climate management reduces the mechanical power consumption and consumption of electrical systems such as heated mirrors and seats. But the biggest potential for improving fuel economy comes from the driver’s own personal driving habits. Special displays in the instrument cluster informs the driver by how much the driving range is being extended, shows fuel consumption history, or, with reference to the specific driving situation, provides tips and incentives on how to develop a more economy-conscious driving style. ECO PRO mode allows average fuel consumption to be reduced with a corresponding increase in driving range.

The new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon at launch will provide even more variety and become even more attractive with the introduction of BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. In addition to the typical benefits of all-wheel drive, the electronically controlled BMW xDrive system – which can fully vary the driver power split between the front and rear wheels with split-second speed – ensures top-class traction, safety and handling, and optimal power management whatever the weather and road conditions. The system has been recalibrated for greater agility and precision, with benefits also for cornering. With this new version, it offers an ideal combination of dynamism and comfort, and is the ideal basis for maximum driving enjoyment. The BMW 328i xDrive, all-wheel-drive models will go on sale at launch along with the introduction of the rear wheel drive 328i Sports Wagon.

Four equipment Lines shine the spotlight on the wagon’s distinct character traits.

High-quality material combinations and unbeatable build quality underline the premium ambience of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon. The materials and color concept of the standard model accentuates the sporting character of the wagon, but a large selection of colors and upholstery variants also offer scope for various other options. From the standard satin silver matte surface treatment to the warm look of the fine burrled walnut wood, all trim surface options can be combined with either the leatherette or one of two leather upholstery colors.

In addition to the standard trim level, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon can now also be specified with any of four equipment lines. Customers can therefore adapt the appearance of their car to their personal lifestyle and preferences – in their own way and with eye-catching results. The Sport Line, Luxury Line, Modern Line and M Sport Line each emphasize the different sides to the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon’s character in their own individual way. The exclusive, carefully coordinated equipment features embrace both exterior design elements and the selection of materials and colors for each model. In terms of value, design coherence and expressiveness, the new BMW Lines go far beyond existing packages in the segment.

Sport Line: With eye-catching exterior features in high-gloss black, this new line accentuates the dynamic appearance of the BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon. Eight heavily contoured high-gloss black kidney grille slats in a chrome-colored surround give the front end of the car a particularly sporty and alert look. The black inserts in the front apron make the air intakes appear larger and lend extra emphasis to the muscular wheel arches. Bi-color, double-spoke design 18-inch light-alloy wheels provide the athletic looks to match. Meanwhile, black painted exterior mirrors and the standard high-gloss black B-pillar and window trim add an extra sporting flavor to the flanks. A black trim strip on the lower crease underlines the width-enhancing effect of the rear styling, while the black chrome exhaust tips rounds off the exterior’s sporty appearance. The sporty and exclusive ambience of the interior is expressed by contrasting black and red accents. Red trim rings, red scales in the circular dials, red stitching on the sports steering wheel and a base trim strip in high-gloss black with coral red accent strips all underline the sporting ambience of the cockpit. The standard sports seats can be specified in a choice of two upholstery styles and three colors. The ignition key for Sport Line versions of the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon is identified by its black finish and red detailing.

Luxury Line: The discreet high-gloss chrome elements of this line lend the exterior of the BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon a particularly elegant and exclusive appeal. The BMW kidney grille with 11 fine chrome slats, two slightly offset chrome trim strips in the front apron air intakes, and a high-gloss chrome trim strip running horizontally above the air scoop gives the front a striking appearance. As with the Sport Line, the B-pillar and window guide come in high-gloss black, and the window frame and weather strip are in chrome. Special 18-inch light-alloy wheels in multi-spoke design accentuate the stylishness of the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon when viewed side-on. From the rear, the new Luxury Line is easily identified by its exquisite, high-gloss chrome trim strip – which extends across the rear apron – and its chrome exhaust tips. Chrome elements also catch the eye inside the Luxury Line variant. This is the only line which gives the radio and air conditioning units a chrome surround. High-gloss wood trim (with stylish inlays are also available) and seats with distinctive stitching and leather upholstery in three classically elegant colors highlight an inviting, exclusive ambience. The ignition key for Luxury Line versions of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan can be identified by its black finish and chrome detailing.

Modern Line: In contrast to Luxury Line models, the avant-garde trim elements included in Modern Line versions of the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon are all in satin aluminum, underlining the contemporary character of this line. The BMW kidney grille, with 11 satin aluminum slats, and double trim strips for the air intakes in the same color give the front end of the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon a particularly contemporary, classy touch. The high-gloss black B-pillar of the Modern Line blend smoothly with the satin aluminum trim elements at the front and rear. 18-inch turbine-style light-alloy wheels strengthen the future-focused concept of this equipment line. The harmonious lightness of the interior dispenses with strong contrasts. Instead, with a light upper side to the dashboard and a steering wheel in dark oyster, it generates an all-new ambience. Leather upholstery in oyster or black, and a choice of four trim surfaces with accent strips in pearl-effect chrome, further enhances the appealing interplay between materials. A trim element with three-dimensional structure and open-pored wood, lays on a whole new feast for the fingertips. Modern Line versions of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon are marked out by the oyster-colored ignition key with matte silver detailing.

M Sport Line: The M Sport Line brings the ultimate in sporting makeovers to the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon. An all-new aerodynamic package for the exterior clearly sets cars specified with this package apart from the base model and the three other lines. 18 nch light-alloy wheels in hallmark M design, M Sport suspension, a black kidney grille and BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline trim give the car that typical M look. The theme continues inside the car with sports seats boasting distinctive upholstery choices, trim elements with blue accent strips, M door sill covers, an M driver’s footrest and the new M leather steering wheel.

New dimensions in driving pleasure and dynamic performance: Sporty power delivery, outstanding efficiency and enhanced ride comfort. The sixth generation BMW 3 Series sports sedan offers top-level agility and driving dynamics, and they combine all this with new levels of comfort. At the same time, there is no change to the proven basic concept comprising high-performance engines, a sporty chassis and a rigid, lightweight body. After all, over the past 35 or more years, drivers have come to expect dynamic, sporty driving enjoyment as a matter of course in a BMW 3 Series model, while power train and chassis technology rank as a core strength of the brand. A longitudinally mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and a balanced (50:50) weight distribution are a formula that makes the BMW 3 Series the sportiest wagon in its segment.

BMW EfficientDynamics: More power, less fuel consumption.

With high-performance engines, superior suspension technology and an extremely torsion-resistant body, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is building on its position as the sportiest sports wagon unique in its segment. It is also advancing even further on the comfort front. Agility and dynamic performance continue to be the sport wagon’s stand-out features, and are key to its high standards of driving enjoyment. To cap this off, the 3 Series sports wagon also boasts an exceptionally good balance between performance and fuel consumption. This reassuring knowledge is a further incentive for drivers to make full use of the dynamic potential of the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon.

To a large extent, these typical BMW qualities are due to the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy that has been used on the new 3 Series Sports Sedan. A new, more fuel-efficient engine, extra-efficient transmission(s), on-demand control of ancillary units, intelligent lightweight design, Auto Start-Stop function, and low drag aerodynamics including “Air Curtain” and underside fairing all help to consolidate the leadership position of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon on fuel consumption and emissions.

Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration, ECO PRO mode.

The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is equipped with an Auto Start-Stop function, which automatically switches off the engine during short stops at traffic lights or in stationary traffic, so as not to waste fuel. For the first time, and uniquely in this class, this system can be combined with the new 8-speed automatic transmission. The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is also equipped with BMW’s now familiar Brake Energy Regeneration system. With Brake Energy Regeneration, power for the vehicle’s electrical system is generated only during braking and overrun. When the engine is under load, the alternator can often be disengaged. This not only means that electricity can be generated with little or no effect on fuel consumption, it also grants the sports wagon livelier acceleration. Finally, the new Driving Experience Control switch gives drivers the option of selecting ECO PRO mode by modifying the power train management and re-programming the heating and air conditioning, the heated seats and the exterior mirrors to operate at optimum efficiency while reducing fuel consumption.

On-demand control of ancillary units saves energy.

Intelligent energy management in the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is further enhanced by the ancillary units, which consume significantly less energy compared with conventional systems. Examples include the on-demand coolant pump, the electronically controlled oil pump and the electromechanical steering system, which only consumes electric power when steering assistance is actually required. The special air conditioning compressor featured on many of the sports sedan models works on the same principle. As soon as the driver switches the air conditioning off, the belt drive to the compressor is disconnected by a magnetic clutch, to minimize power drain.

Intelligent lightweight design brings further reduction in fuel consumption.

Use of lightweight materials has played a significant role in reducing vehicle weight and in delivering high passenger cell safety standards, combined with a significant increase in strength. At the same time, these measures also help to ensure superior driving dynamics. Intelligent lightweight design is integrated into all areas of BMW vehicle development work and into all components, from the body and engine to the suspension. Materials used include high and ultra-high tensile steels, a hot-stamped B-pillar, plastics and state-of the-art composites. Increased use of aluminum components in the engine and suspension systems has also further reduced the weight of the relevant assemblies.

Practicality and versatility: Hallmarks for the new 3 Series Sport Wagon

The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon offers remarkable flexibility. A net as well as an additional strap along the right side panel can be used to help secure cargo. Four tie-downs are integrated into the cargo floor. A net along the left-hand panel will also be available. A pair of coat hooks and an addition 12-volt outlet add an extra measure of flexibility. A storage tray under the load compartment floor and a deep stowage compartment on the left-hand side of the cargo area can accommodate smaller items. Another neat twist, the luggage compartment cover can be stowed away under the load compartment floor, allowing it to be kept in the car even when not in use. Also standard is a separate partition net, which can be employed in a variety of ways even when the rear seat backrests are folded down. The rear seats can be folded down in three sections in a 40:20:40 split. The large through-loading facility allows the new 3 Series Sports Wagon to carry four adults and longer items, such as skis or snowboards, at the same time.

In addition to the increase in load-carrying capacity –the usable space between the wheel arches has also grown in size – the Sports Wagon also makes a credible case for a high degree of versatility. The folding rear seat bench can be split 40:20:40 as standard, allowing load capacity to expand up to a maximum of 35.3 cu. ft. Folding down all the backrests creates an almost level load compartment floor with a smooth transition to the sides of the interior. The generously sized tailgate aperture, measuring from 38” to 40.5 “wide and 26” high, makes it easier to load in bulky items over the strategically place scuff plates designed and placed to protect the luxuriously appointed cargo interior.

In addition to the flexibility and utility offered by the interior of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, other features unique to this model includes roof-rails that provide a basis for many optionally available racking systems for everything from bicycles and skis to cargo boxes. It will also be available with a full glass panoramic sunroof.

BMW ConnectedDrive: The latest in safety and infotainment

With its broad range of driver assistance systems and mobility services, all offered as part of BMW ConnectedDrive, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon sets a new benchmark when it comes to safety, convenience and infotainment. To ensure that the available features deliver the maximum benefit, the exchange of information between the passengers, the vehicle and the outside world is managed by BMW ConnectedDrive.

The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is available with a full-color Head-Up Display. It projects key information in sharp resolution onto the windshield in the driver’s direct field of vision. Depending on the vehicle specification the speed limit is noted in addition to the car’s speed. The driver can also see navigation instructions and various alerts in the Head-Up Display. Thanks to the wide variety of driver assistance systems available in the new BMW 3 Series range, more information can be placed in the driver’s direct line-of-sight while their eyes remain squarely on the road.

State-of-the-art camera technology provides the potential for new levels of safety and convenience. Active Safety options include Lane Departure Warning as well as Active Blind Spot Detection. Backing up and parking both are made easier with the available Rear-view Camera with Top View which provides a bird’s-eye view of the car. Another convenience-enhancing assistance system is the BMW Parking Assistant, which takes charge of maneuvering into parking spaces making parallel-parking a breeze.

BMW Assist, a globally unique mobility service, comprises among other features a telephone information service and BMW’s industry-leading enhanced Automatic Collision Notification function with automatic detection of the vehicle location. BMW Assist also includes Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

Other innovative technologies allow the integration of the Apple iPhone and other smartphones as well as music players, including the use of Internet-based services. The Apps option enables iPhone users, among other things, to receive Internet radio stations and to display Facebook and Twitter posts on the onboard monitor. With BMW Apps, iPhone users can access and listen to music streaming services like Pandora, MOG and Stitcher with the ability to add other Apps as they are made available using ConnectedDrive as a platform designed to continuously support future Apps as they are developed.

The all-new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon again brings the versatility of a wagon with the driving dynamics of the quintessential sport sedan. The new 3 Series Sports Wagon will be arriving in US showrooms in spring 2013. Pricing details and standard/optional equipment will be announced closer to the on sale date.



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