Mike Stevens | May 14, 2012

Update: 2013 Australian debut likely. See BMW Australia comments at bottom of article.

In a big week of international launches for the German carmaker, BMW has revealed its all-new 3 Series Touring wagon in Europe.

As with the new sedan, the 2013 3 Series Touring is larger than its predecessor, running on a wider track and with a body 97mm longer than the previous wagon.

With a 50mm longer wheelbase than the outgoing Touring, the new model also offers an additional 35 litres of storage with the rear seats up, for a total of 495 litres. With the seats down, BMW promises 1500 litres of space.

The new '3er' wagon will launch internationally in three grades: the 180kW/350Nm 328i petrol, along with the 135kW/380Nm 320d and 190kW 330d diesels.

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Other engines and configurations will join the overseas Touring range in the following year, including the 225kW 335i and, in some markets, the option of all-wheel-drive.

While many of the Touring's features mirror the new Sedan range, the wagon brings a few tricks of its own, including an electronically-operated rear window that opens independently of the tailgate.

The Touring also picks up the option of roof rails and a full panoramic glass roof.

 

Australia

Speaking with TMR today, BMW Australia's Scott Croaker confirmed that while the a July international debut is scheduled, an Australian launch is expected to occur early in 2013.

"We anticipate this will be a very important car for us when launched, a vehicle which couples the sensational drive dynamics of the new 3 Series with the versatility of the wagon will provide a serious alternative for customers who are considering a compact SUV," Mr Croaker said.

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