Additional details on the powertrain and transmission offerings of BMW’s upcoming 3 Series wagon have been released. The confirmation came from BMW a few months ago but there weren’t much information available then. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which it shares with the 328i sedan.
Its power output is unchanged at 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be partnered to an eight-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters offered as an option. The new wagon provides several driving modes, which include an ECO PRO mode, which amends accelerator mapping and transmissions shifts for maximum fuel efficiency.
Furthermore, ECO PRO mode includes displays on the instrument cluster to demonstrate fuel consumption information and tips on making driving more efficient. BMW asserts that this new model can result to a net of as much as a 20-percent decline in fuel consumption. A BMW spokesman wouldn’t confirm the use of either a six-speed manual or the N55 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six. He also wouldn’t confirm a diesel option. However, he stated that there are numerous possibilities.
The previous generation 3 Series was available with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel I-6, which produces 265 hp and 425 lb-ft that would go well with the new wagon and sedan. For more convenience, the rear cargo area may be accessed by opening the hatch or only the window portion.
Pressing a small button on the rear wiper could open the window. This would be useful when loading smaller items or pets. In addition, the hatch features hands-free operation by just sticking one foot under the bumper (with the optional Comfort Access package). The wagon is slated to arrive in spring 2013.
When it comes to dynamic elegance, and athleticism, the 3-Series range from BMW has long been considered as one of the best. With the 3-Series Touring, BMW is showing that versatility and added practicality can still be expected from the attributes already mentioned. Having an additional 97 mm added to the overall length with the wheelbase being increased by 50 mm, the 3-Series Touring is able to have additional room not only for the passenger but even for their luggage.
Customers will be delighted to know that the available space can be customized for various uses ensuring that the new 3-Series Touring can manage a wide selection of activities. With the compartment space allowing for a 35-liter increase in order to reach a 495-liter capacity, this means that it has a lot more to offer compared to its competitors.
It is not only the luggage compartment but in fact the interior has not only been made larger but can also be modified to fit different uses and is sure to excite the active and modern customers. The 3-Series Touring has that sweeping profile which reveals the sloping roofline with the side windows being extended all the way to the rear section.
With these two qualities combined with the strong rear section, it gets that highly unique Touring quality. It also helps put focus on the possible potential of this new model even with one look. Because of how balanced the proportions are, the 3-Series Touring looks to be taken from one mould, regardless of where it is viewed. Through the 3-Series Touring, BMW is also saying that the dynamic design is not necessarily mutually exclusive with practicality.
The new 3-Series Touring also has a number of equipment fitted to it as standard and designed in a way that customers will be able to meet any challenges head on. Thus, there is the automatic tailgate, as previously mentioned, and the three-way folding/split seat bench in the rear. These two serve to put emphasis on the versatility of this new model and with the luggage compartment cover that can be neatly stored, it highlights just how versatile this vehicle is.
In addition to versatility and added practicality, the new 3-Series Touring is also offering potential buyers new equipment lines aside from improving ride comfort. There are also the colors and materials used similar to the newly launched BMW 3-Series Sedan.