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.