BMW's new 3 Series Touring wagon is now on sale in Australia. The line-up includes the 318d diesel, the 320i petrol and the more powerful 328i petrol - the latter available from around May.
Starting at $58,900, the 318d Touring carries a $2500 premium over the sedan equivalent, while the $62,600 320i is priced $5000 above the petrol sedan.
As with the sedan range, 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.
“The 3 Series was the model for which the claim “the ultimate driving machine” was created and this hasn’t been diluted with the new 3 Series Touring," BMW Australia boss Phil Horton said.
"It takes the best of the 3 Series driving dynamics and blends this with the elegance and versatility of a sports wagon.”
Powertrains for the wagons mirror their sedan counterparts, the 318d featuring a 105kW/320Nm four cylinder turbodiesel, and the 320i driven by a 135kW/270Nm turbo petrol four.
In the 328i, the TwinPower turbo four produces a hefty 180kW and 350Nm of torque.
All three wagons get an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard (the 320i and 328i also get paddle shifters), shuffling the 318d to 100km/h in 9.2 seconds, the 320i in 7.5 seconds and the 328i in just six seconds.
Auto stop/start is also standard, along with Brake Energy Regeneration and Eco Pro driving mode for improved efficiency and emissions figures.
Fuel consumption for the diesel model is listed at a low 4.7 l/100km, the 320i at 6.2 l/100km and the 328i at 6.5 l/100km.
With the wagon's larger dimensions come improved interior space, with the 3 Series Touring offering 495 litres of rear storage, expanding to 1500 litres with the back seats laid flat.
The rear seats off a flexible 40:20:40 folding configuration, and the electric opening two-part tailgate offers a large opening space for easier loading.
The 3 Series Touring models share similar features with the sedan, including dual-zone climate control, cruise control with brake function, power-operated windows and exterior mirrors, automatic lights and rain sensing windscreen wipers.
There's also rear Park Distance Control, Bluetooth connectivity for phone calls, and MP3 compatible CD audio with Auxiliary and USB inputs.
Also included is automatic operation for the split tailgate as an additional Touring specific feature.
The 320i also gets power adjustabled seats with memory, a rear view camera, 17-inch alloy wheels, front Park Distance Control, a Sports leather steering wheel, and an interior lights package with additional reading, vanity and ambience lighting.
The 328i adds 17-inch star-spoke 393 styled alloy wheels, interior and exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle and folding function, fine-wood burled walnut interior trim with Dakota leather upholstery, electric lumbar support for the front seats, Navigation Business and upgraded HiFi loudspeaker system.
Safety features include include BMW's Active Protection package, along with six airbags and Dynamic Stability Control that includes ABS, Brake Assistant, Cornering Brake Control and Dynamic Traction Control.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
Diesel - 318d
- BMW 318d Touring - $58,900
- Luxury, Modern, Sport Line packs - $3768 each
- M Sport pack - $7000
Petrol - 320i
- BMW 320i Touring - $62,600
- Luxury, Modern, Sport Line packs - $3152 each
- M Sport pack - $6844
Petrol - 328i
- BMW 328i Touring - $69,990
- Luxury, Modern, Sport Line packs - $1538 each
- M Spot pack - $5000