All-New BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: July 6, 2012
Categories: BMW, BMW 3 Series

More details revealed for the much anticipated wagon of enthusiasts

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.

BMW 3 Series Wagon

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 trio of trim and equipment variants  – the Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern 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 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. 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. 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 Touring by a full 10 per cent. The same applies to its CO2  emissions, which come in at a commensurately lower 159 grams per  kilometer. 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 and 152 grams of CO2).

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 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. This  all helps to explain why, when fitted with the 8-speed automatic  transmission, the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon’s even lower fuel  consumption than models equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission.

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 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. 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, which 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+ modes. Each of these  predefined setups activates different settings for the relevant  powertrain 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.

The new 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 by up to 20%, with a corresponding increase  in driving range.

Dynamic options: M Sport package, Adaptive M Sport suspension,    sports automatic transmission and BMW 3 Series xDrive. For out-and-out enthusiasts, further features are available to  enhance the dynamic driving qualities of the new BMW 3 Series and give  them a distinctive visual dimension as well. The M Sport package,  which will become available after launch, is designed for this very  purpose and has been developed specifically for this model series. It  includes the lowered M Sport suspension, featuring a 10 millimeter  (0.4 in.) drop in ride height, firmer suspension and damping, and  larger anti-roll bars.

Also featured are 18 or 19-inch M alloy wheels.  The package is completed by an M aerodynamics package featuring  special body parts, and by chrome tailpipes, exclusive exterior  paintwork and interior trim to match. An Adaptive M Sport suspension  with electronically controlled damping is also optionally available  for the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon. Based on incoming information  about body and wheel acceleration, lateral and longitudinal  acceleration, vehicle speed and steering wheel position, an electronic  control unit adapts the damper mapping to the road surface and driving  situation.

At the same time the driver can use the Driving Dynamics  Control switch to vary the basic suspension characteristics between  more comfortable or sportier settings. An 8-speed sports automatic  transmission with faster shift times and sporty steering wheel-mounted  paddle shifts is also available as an option.

The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon at launch, will soon 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.

Three 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 basic matt satin silver surface treatment to the warm look of fine  burr 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 three equipment  lines or an M Sport Package. 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 and Modern 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, high-gloss 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 full width of 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 and window trim 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 three 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 matt silver detailing.

M Sport package: The M Sport package 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  lines. 18 and 19 -inch 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 sports  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 which, by modifying the powertrain  management and re-programming the heating and air conditioning, the  heated seats and the exterior mirrors to operate at optimum  efficiency, reduces fuel consumption by as much as 20%. 

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    Sports 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 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.