BMW fans in the U.S. will be pleased to know that for the 2014 model year, the automaker will launch a diesel version of the 3-Series wagon. Just last week, BMW and Audi divulged that they were planning to diversify the diesel offerings in the U.S. In fact, a diesel 3-Series wagon has already been confirmed.
This fall, expect the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon to arrive at U.S. dealerships for the 2014 model year lineup. The wagon will be different from the newly presented 328d, which was offered in both RWD and AWD variants as it will only be available with xDrive all-wheel drive variant. It will be powered by the same 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, which boasts an output of 180 bhp (134 kW) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque.
This engine will be linked to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that will permit the 328d xDrive Sports Wagon to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in slightly longer than 7 seconds. This model has a fuel economy rating of 32 mpg city / 45 mpg highway / 37 mpg combined.
For the U.S. market, the diesel-powered 3-Series models will be available in the same trims as their gasoline counterparts: Luxury, Sport, Modern and with M Sport Package. For those who don't know, Bmw already announced US pricing for the 2014 328i xDrive Sport Wagon!
The front end of the new BMW 3-Series Sedan is marked by a kidney grille with closely spaced, squat openings. Along with the precise lines of the contoured bonnet, the grille gives the new 3-Series a low-slung frontal design that delivers a sportier look when the car is viewed up front.
Meanwhile, the sides of the new BMW 3-Series Sedan are marked by sweeping lines and dynamically taut surfaces, helping expand the premium car visually. For instance, the sides feature the so-called "double swage lines," which are essentially two character lines flowing alongside each other. The upper swage line starts from the low-slung front end and flows over the front wheel with a subtle sweep.
The lower swage line emerges from behind the front wheel, and flows in an arching manner rearwards. This double swage line helps emphasize the dynamic wedge shape of the flanks while creating sharp light and shade effects.
As expected, the new BMW 3-Series Sedan features the so-called signature BMW Hofmeister kink at the base of the C-pillar, as reinterpreted to provide more elegance to the car’s silhouette. A contour line runs alongside the Hofmeister kink, commencing from the roof into the boot lid.
This doesn’t just make the roof look lower when viewed from the side, but also endow the 3-Series Sedan with a strong sense of sportiness and elegance. This is highlighted by the slightly rising shade line on the contoured side skirt. Just above the side skirt are large light surfaces that help enhance the lightness of the flank lines.
Both the broad face of the wheels and wide track of the new BMW 3-Series Sedan are highlighted by the strong horizontal lines on the rear as well as by the rear lights in BMW L-shaped design. The low-set reflectors on the far edges of the rear help guide the vertical lines from the greenhouse over the rear lights to the wheels. The 3-Series still sports the traditional two lines below the rear spoiler and above the bumper. Thanks to contrasting light surfaces, the rear end exudes a fresh dynamic flair, as emphasized by the interaction between flowing surfaces, precise lines and defined edges.
Inside, the new BMW 3-Series Sedan features a driver-focused cockpit wrapping around the driver. All the important controls are easily reachable as helped by the fact that the cockpit is angled towards the driver by seven degrees. The lines and surfaces flow over the instrument panel towards the front passenger area, wherein they serve as a protective border. All lines in the driver's area congregate on a single point just behind the steering wheel, helping guide the driver’s eyes towards the road.