The vehicle goes on sale in Europe later this year but won’t hit U.S. showrooms until spring 2013.
Powertrains and pricing will be announced closer to launch but expect to see a similar specifications to what is already offered with the sedan.
This means the base model in the U.S. is likely to be a 328i powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and rated at 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 335i powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and rated at 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque should also be offered for power hungry buyers.
Customers will also be able to choose from three different trim levels including the Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line. For the enthusiast who wants an even sportier Sports Wagon, the M Sport Line will also be offered. No word yet if BMW plans to launch a true M version of the new 3-Series Sports Wagon or an ActiveHybrid model like with the sedan.
Also like the sedan, the latest 3-Series Sports Wagon is slightly larger than its predecessor, most notably its wider track which is 1.46 inches wider up front and 1.85 inches wider in the rear. The vehicle’s length has also been increased by some 3.66 inches. This has increased room for rear-seat passengers as well as boosting cargo capacity by 10 percent.
A net as well as an additional strap along the right side panel can be used to help secure cargo. On top of this, 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.
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. Also available are roof-rails as well as a full glass panoramic sunroof.
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