BMW's new 3 Series Touring wagon, revealed earlier this year, will hit Australia next February in 318d diesel and 320i petrol form. A more powerful option is expected to arrive later in 2013.
Priced 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 both 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.
Both cars get an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard (the 320i also gets paddle shifters), shuffling the 318d to 100km/h in 9.2 seconds, while the 320i gets there in 7.5 seconds.
Auto stop/start is also standard, along with Brake Energy Regeneration and Eco Pro driving mode for improved efficiency and emissions figures - the latter listed at 123g/km for the diesel and 145g/km for the petrol.
Fuel consumption for the diesel model is listed at a low 4.7 l/100km, and the petrol at 6.2 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.
Safety features for both models 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.
- BMW 318d Touring - $58,900
- Luxury, Modern, Sport Line packs - $3768 each
- BMW 320i Touring - $62,600
- Luxury, Modern, Sport Line packs - $3152 each
- M Sport pack - $6844
More Powerful Models On The Way
Speaking with TMR today, BMW Australia's Scott Croaker confirmed that the 3 Series Touring range will be filled out later in 2013 with a more powerful petrol option.
"Sales of the previous model Touring showed slower sales among the top-end performance engines, so we'll likely be looking at introducing a mid-range option," Mr Croaker said, suggesting the 180kW/350Nm 328i Touring will be the next wagon model to hit Australia.