2013 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon Preview

Jeff Youngs | May 17, 2012
FAST FACTS
  • Longer, wider, and roomier than the 3 Series Wagon it replaces
  • New model series and powertrain offerings
  • New power tailgate and reconfigured cargo solutions
  • New BMW Parking Assist technology
  • Lane-departure warning, blind-spot detection safety options

IntroductionThe BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is redesigned and going on sale in early 2013, serving as a station wagon variant of the BMW 3 Series Sedan.

Exterior Features

From the windshield pillars forward, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon shares its appearance with the BMW 3 Series Sedan. From the windshield back, the redesigned 3 Series Sports Wagon is unique, equipped with roof rails, rear roof pillars with a BMW signature "Hofmeister Kink" styling element, and LED taillights. LED running lights are also standard, and exterior trim details are dependent on whether the buyer selects the Sport Line, M Sport Line, Luxury Line, or Modern Line model series.

Interior Features

Station wagons are designed to handle cargo, and the new 3 Series Sports Wagon is no exception. Standard equipment includes cargo and partition netting, tie-down hooks and straps, and under-floor storage compartments. BMW says that rear-seat room is improved, cargo space increases by 10 percent over the previous 3 Series Wagon, and that the 40/20/40-split folding rear seat allows the car to carry 4 adults in addition to skis or snowboards.

Optional Features

In addition to new Sport, M Sport, Luxury, and Modern model series, the redesigned 3 Series Sports Wagon will offer several option packages and individual extra-cost items. As this preview is written, BMW confirms that the new 3 Series Wagon will be available with a new power tailgate with separately opening rear window glass, and that when paired with the car's available Comfort Access keyless entry system, owners will be able to power the tailgate open simply by waving a foot under the rear bumper.

Additional options planned for the new 3 Series Wagon include adaptive headlights with corona-ring driving lights, panoramic glass sunroof, color Heads-up Display, and BMW Apps smartphone integration technology with streaming Internet radio, Facebook access, and Twitter feed display.

Under the Hood

As this preview is published, BMW has not officially confirmed the new 3 Series Sports Wagon's powertrain lineup. However, it is a very safe bet to predict that the car will be available in 328i format at a minimum, equipped with BMW's 240-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with automatic stop-start technology and the company's Driving Dynamics Control system with ECO PRO fuel-economy maximization programming. BMW has not announced transmission selections, either, but the automatic is likely to offer 8 forward speeds and Steptronic manual shift control.

Safety

BMW confirms that the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon will be available with BMW Assist telematics including Automatic Collision Notification service. This feature activates when the car's air bags deploy, summoning assistance automatically and dispatching emergency personnel to the car's exact location to speed rescue.

Additionally, the new 3 Series Sports Wagon will be available with lane-departure warning, blind-spot detection, and a rearview camera with Top View safety systems.
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