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The 2013 BMW F31 3 Series Sports Wagon

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 5, 2012 6:00pm EDT…........ The favorite wagon of enthusiasts, the all-new 3 Series Sports Wagon will again offer the flexibility and utility one would expect from a premium wagon combined with the driving dynamics of the quintessential sport sedan, the BMW 3 Series. The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon will launch in Europe later this year and is set to arrive in US showrooms in the Spring of 2013 with the award winning N20 4-cylinder TwinTurbo engine, 8-speed automatic transmission and the equipment lines shared with its recently introduced 328i sedan sibling.

The new 3 Series Sports Wagon is slightly larger than its predecessor, most notably its wider track (front + 37 mm/1.46 in., rear + 48 mm/1.85 in.). The car's length (+ 97 mm/3.66 in.) and wheelbase (+ 50 mm/1.96 in.) also accentuate its sporting character. Inside, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, rear passengers will appreciate the noticeable increase in space made possible by the larger dimensions. These larger dimensions also pay dividends in utility with nearly ten percent more cargo volume both with the rear seats up and when folded.

The new 3 Series Sports Wagon will be the next model to offer BMW Lines as a way to tailor the car to individual tastes, just as with the Sedan, by choosing from a trio of trim and equipment variants – the Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line. Each presents its own individual take on the character of the Sports wagon, with exclusive, high-quality trim and material combinations. For the enthusiast who wants to go beyond even the Sport Line, the M Sport Line will also be offered because it is, after all, a BMW 3 Series at its heart.



BMW 328i Sports Wagon: new 4-cylinder gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo technology sets a new benchmark for driving dynamics and efficiency.

With the launch of the new sports wagon, an ultra-modern 4-cylinder engine makes its debut in a BMW sports wagon. In keeping with the dynamic overall theme of the new BMW sports sedan, this new-generation of turbocharged engines offers plenty of power and performance, responsive acceleration, powerful torque, a high rpm ceiling and low weight. The new 4-cylinder engine, provides noticeably livelier power for maximum driving enjoyment, also comes with lower fuel consumption than its predecessor.

The state-of-the-art, lively 2.0-litre engine marks a return to the popular sports wagon's roots – it was with lightweight, high-performance 4-cylinder engines in a similar vein that the BMW 3 Series made its debut back in 1975, with the first 6-cylinder engines for this series making their appearance at the 1977 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The significant upgrade in power and efficiency is chiefly down to the use of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which combines High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC variable valve timing along with twin-scroll turbocharging. On the new-generation 4-cylinder engine, this world-exclusive technology package from BMW again provides a very efficient way to extract more power from the engine, rather than taking the route of a much larger displacement and, in the process, adding to the weight and therefore to fuel consumption. This explains why the more dynamic performance and driving enjoyment does not come at the expense of higher fuel consumption and emissions.

The new BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder's displacement of 1,997 cc delivers maximum power of 180 kW/ 240 hp at 5,000 rpm while, thanks to twin-scroll turbocharging, the maximum torque of 255 lb-ft is developed at just 1,250 rpm and remains constant up to 4,800 rpm. These statistics translate to commensurately dynamic performance: the new BMW 328i accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.0 seconds, on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph with Sport Line. The engine responds instantly when the driver demands more throttle, and the vigorous and almost linear power delivery from only slightly above idle, which continues all the way into the higher rpm range, is duly impressive.



BMW TwinPower Turbo technology in the new 4-cylinder engine.
This new engine is the most powerful in a new generation of 4-cylinder engines designed in accordance with the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy, which aims to combine increased driving enjoyment with reduced fuel consumption and emissions. In technical terms, this new 4-cylinder engine is modeled on the current multi-award-winning 6-cylinder inline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (N55), which is the benchmark in its class for dynamic power delivery and impressive efficiency. This world-exclusive technology combines High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC variable valve timing with twin-scroll turbocharging.

These features give the new BMW 328i the sort of power which with a naturally aspirated engine would require more cylinders and larger displacement. At the same time, with its all-aluminum crankcase, this engine is lighter and more compact than a 6-cylinder engine of equivalent power. This has obvious benefits for driving dynamics: the reduced load on the front axle gives this BMW sports wagon greater agility and further improved steering and cornering characteristics.

Twin-scroll turbocharging.
The new 4-cylinder engines also feature twin-scroll turbocharging. This means that the exhaust stream from cylinders 1 and 4, and the exhaust stream from cylinders 2 and 3, follow separate spiral-shaped paths to the turbine wheel. This reduces exhaust back-pressure at low engine rpm, allowing the energy of the exhaust gas pulses to be utilized as efficiently as possible. The result is instant throttle response and fast-revving performance which BMW drivers can instantly translate into driving pleasure.

VALVETRONIC, Double-Vanos and High Precision Direct Injection.
The combination of a high power output and a simultaneous reduction in emissions is achieved by VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing. The latest generation of the VALVETRONIC system features a faster-acting, optimized stepper motor with integrated sensor. Seamlessly variable control of intake valve lift dispenses with the need for a throttle butterfly. Instead, the air mass is controlled inside the engine, resulting in faster response. At the same time, pumping losses have been reduced to a minimum.

The excellent efficiency is also down to the High Precision Direct Injection system. Centrally positioned between the valves, solenoid injectors precisely control the supply of fuel. The fuel is injected very close to the spark plug, with a maximum injection pressure of 200 bar (2900 psi), resulting in clean and homogeneous combustion. The cooling effect of the directly injected fuel also results in a higher compression ratio than on port injection engines, bringing further efficiency improvements.

Exceptional performance assisted by innovative design features.
The exceptional performance of the new engine is also due to various innovative features of the core engine. For example, twin balancer shafts positioned at different heights result in optimized vibration absorption, while a centrifugal pendulum absorber integrated in the dual-mass flywheel brings a noticeable reduction in irregular running at low engine rpm. The driver can therefore make full use of the strong low-end torque without sacrificing smoothness. These factors all help to explain why the new 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine achieves refinement, noise and vibration of a kind that was previously confined to BMW 6-cylinder engines.

All this performance comes with exceptional fuel economy figures. In the EU test cycle, the new BMW 328i Touring records average fuel consumption of only 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres (41.5 mpg), allowing it to better the economy of the outgoing 160 kW/218 hp BMW 325i Touring by a full 10 per cent. The same applies to its CO2 emissions, which come in at a commensurately lower 159 grams per kilometer. Technical progress is equally in evidence with the new eight-speed automatic transmission, which can claim an improvement of up to 11 per cent in fuel economy over its predecessor (6.5 liters / 43.4 mpg imp and 152 grams of CO2).



Sporty 8-speed automatic transmission as standard; state-of-the-art 8-speed sports automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shift is optionally available.
The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon owes its characteristic driving experience not just to its high-torque, fast-revving engines, but also to its transmissions. For performance-minded drivers the transmission, as the interface where the power from the engine is relayed to the rear wheels, is pivotal to a dynamic driving experience. It is just as important for it to offer precise shifting as to provide the right ratios. Smooth shifting, low noise and efficient design are further qualities demanded in the premium segment. For drivers who value a silky smooth seamlessly variable transmission and love to leave the shifting to the transmission, they will find an ideal offering in the innovative 8-speed automatic transmission. Drivers can also opt for a sports automatic version of this transmission, with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts as an upgrade with the Sport Line and M Sport package.


Innovative 8-speed automatic transmission: efficient power transmission and optimal ratios.
The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon equipped with the optionally available high-performance
8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifts, offers additional ratios not currently offered by any competitors in the premium compact sports wagon segment – This transmission combines unprecedented standards of comfortable shifting, sporty performance and efficiency. With all this going for it, the automatic transmission is fully in keeping with the overall sporty temperament of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon.

In terms of size and weight, this 8-speed unit is comparable with the 6-speed automatic transmission used in the past. A range of innovative technical features and exceptionally high internal efficiency allow this higher-performance unit to combine powerful acceleration, strong mid-range sprinting and further reduced fuel consumption. For performance-minded drivers this transmission also has lots to offer, particularly since the driver can choose to play a more active role by changing gears manually, thereby releasing even more of this sporty wagon's potential.

With its optimized control technology, the 8-speed transmission boasts extremely fast shift and reaction times and direct downshift capability. The electronic transmission controller can also alter the shift characteristics as required, to cater either for a sportier or for a more relaxed, fuel-saving driving style. Despite a larger overall spread, eight ratios mean that the spacing between them is smaller, so that the optimal ratio is available in virtually all situations. The close ratios deliver turbine-like power combined with smooth and fuel-efficient low-rpm operation. The new 8-speed automatic also allows drivers to maintain a very economical driving style. This all helps to explain why, when fitted with the 8-speed automatic transmission, the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon's even lower fuel consumption than models equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission.

A sports version of the new 8-speed automatic transmission is available as an option for cars equipped with the Sport Line and M Sport package. This unit offers even sportier shift characteristics (e.g. faster shift times), and the option of changing gear manually using the paddle shifts on the steering wheel. Alternatively, it is also possible to use the electronic The Normal and Sport modes are chosen using the Driving Dynamics Control switch. This allows the sports automatic to deliver both dynamic driving enjoyment and top-level comfort.



Striking face with precise contours and multi-faceted surfaces.
Characteristically, the sporting nature of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is made apparent to the eye by its wide track. By accentuating the width of the car, the multi-faceted surfaces of the expressive front fascia give the 3 Series Sports Wagon a more athletic appearance than ever.

A three-dimensional interpretation of the upright, slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille emphasizes an assured presence. LED accent lights positioned like eyebrows above the traditional four round headlights with corona rings (if Adaptive Xenon headlights are specified) lend an extra intensity to the classic BMW focused look. Clearly defined headlight surrounds now extend up to the frame of the kidney grille, merging the headlights and grille into a single stylistic element and adding further emphasis to the car's broad-set stance. The 3 Series Sports Wagon replaces the central air intake of its predecessor with two larger intakes, which are positioned underneath the headlights to the outer edges of the front fascia and add extra depth to the wagon's sporty look. On the left and right edges of the main ducts are small vertical intakes which help create the "Air Curtain". This new technology improves air flow around the front wheels, enhancing aerodynamic efficiency and reducing fuel consumption at higher speeds.

The closely spaced, squat openings of the kidney grille, with their eye-catching surrounds, form the most prominent element of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon's front design. It is also where the precise lines of the dynamically contoured hood begin at the base of the A pillars and flow over the full length of the hood. The result is a front that appears lower-slung, giving the 3 Series Sports Wagon a clear sporting edge when viewed head-on.

Precise lines produce a silhouette that enhances the sport wagon's dynamic impact.
Powerfully taut surfaces with sweeping lines dominate the side view of the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, stretching the car visually and lending extra verve to its dynamic stance. The flanks of the car are shaped by an eye-catching double character line running alongside each other. The higher character line emerges out of the low-slung nose and flows over the front wheel with an understated sweep, in a nod to the wagon's fleetness of foot. The second character line develops lower down behind the front wheel and follows a delicately arching path towards the rear. Together, they reinforce the dynamic wedge shape of the wagon's flanks. As well as providing a discreet increase in muscularity in the rear section below the character line, these styling cues also create vivid light and shade effects, which draw further attention to the wagon's wide track.

The wagon's athletic overall impression is emphasized by the steeply raked D-pillars, the angle of the rear window and the subtly wedge-shaped geometry of the window surfaces. The roofline – which slopes downwards slightly to the rear and is extended visually by a spoiler – and the "Hofmeister kink" at the foot of the D-pillar also generate a sense of dynamic tension. The fine balance between the greenhouse and the body lends the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon a sporty, elegant and nimble look, while the rear lights extend well into the sides of the body and combine with its flowing lines to create a harmonious transition between the flanks and rear section.

The rear of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon also boasts a blend of sporting elegance and modern practicality. The horizontal lines and L-shaped lights set far to the outer edges accentuate the subtly flared fenders and the wider track. Two integrated bars of LEDs allow a slim light design and ensure they maintain an appearance that is instantly recognizable as a BMW both day and night. The positioning of the lights at the outer edges of the rear underline the car's hunkered-down stance on the road. The large tailgate opening with separate rear window opening and low sill make loading and unloading bulky items that much easier while offering an accessibility option to loading and unloading cargo.

The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon again features a rear window that opens separately from the tailgate. The window is unlocked electrically via a button on the rear window wiper arm and opened by hand. This practical function makes it easier to load and unload smaller items – especially when space is tight, as the rear window opens up rather than out.

In order to make access to its generous cargo area easier, a power tailgate will be offered for the first time on a 3 Series Sports Wagon. Getting into the cargo area can be done at the touch of a button, either on the remote key or from inside the interior. Access is made even easier when Comfort Access is ordered, which will include the Hands Free Opening Tailgate. If one approaches the new 3 Series Sports Wagon with hands full, one need only stick a foot under the rear bumper to initiate the operation and the tailgate automatically swings open.


Driving Dynamics Control switch with ECO PRO mode: extra-sporty, more relaxed or more fuel-efficient driving modes – at the press of a button.
The new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon offers impressive driving dynamics combined with new standards of comfort unique in its segment. This is a result of superbly tuned suspension which achieves an astonishing balance between dynamics and comfort. On top of this, drivers are also able to vary the overall character of the sports wagon depending on the driving situation or to suit their personal preferences. As well as sportier or more comfortable drive settings, they can also opt for extra fuel efficiency. The different modes are selected using the new Driving Dynamics Control function including ECO PRO mode, which is standard on all 3 Series models.

Using the Driving Dynamics Control switch, the driver is able to customize accelerator response characteristics, engine response, the power steering characteristics and the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) thresholds. The Servotronic function, the automatic transmission and Dynamic Damper Control are integrated into the system too. Using the simple-to-operate rocker switch on the center console, drivers can choose between ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes. Each of these predefined setups activates different settings for the relevant powertrain and suspension components.

In SPORT mode, for example, throttle response is very sharp and the steering becomes even more direct. The shift points of the automatic transmission are altered to provide a significantly sportier drive.

An additional button allows the driver to change the DSC settings. Selecting Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) mode, for example, makes it much easier to start off on loose surfaces or in deep snow. In this mode as well as in SPORT+ mode, the Dynamic Stability Control thresholds are raised and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) is activated. It is also possible to shut off DSC altogether. The electronic limited-slip function for the rear differential can then provide extra-sporty acceleration out of corners or hairpin curves.

The new ECO PRO mode, meanwhile, supports an extra-efficient and economy-conscious driving style. It does this by changing the accelerator mapping so that the same pedal travel delivers less power than in the standard mode. Also in this mode, the automatic transmission control strategy is modified so as to upshift sooner and to delay downshifts, while intelligent energy and climate management reduces the mechanical power consumption and consumption of electrical systems such as heated mirrors and seats. But the biggest potential for improving fuel economy comes from the driver's own personal driving habits. Special displays in the instrument cluster informs the driver by how much the driving range is being extended, shows fuel consumption history, or, with reference to the specific driving situation, provides tips and incentives on how to develop a more economy-conscious driving style. ECO PRO mode allows average fuel consumption to be reduced by up to 20%, with a corresponding increase in driving range.

Dynamic options: M Sport package, Adaptive M Sport suspension, sports automatic transmission and BMW 3 Series xDrive.
For out-and-out enthusiasts, further features are available to enhance the dynamic driving qualities of the new BMW 3 Series and give them a distinctive visual dimension as well. The M Sport package, which will become available after launch, is designed for this very purpose and has been developed specifically for this model series. It includes the lowered M Sport suspension, featuring a 10 millimeter (0.4 in.) drop in ride height, firmer suspension and damping, and larger anti-roll bars. Also featured are 18 or 19-inch M alloy wheels. The package is completed by an M aerodynamics package featuring special body parts, and by chrome tailpipes, exclusive exterior paintwork and interior trim to match. An Adaptive M Sport suspension with electronically controlled damping is also optionally available for the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon. Based on incoming information about body and wheel acceleration, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, vehicle speed and steering wheel position, an electronic control unit adapts the damper mapping to the road surface and driving situation. At the same time the driver can use the Driving Dynamics Control switch to vary the basic suspension characteristics between more comfortable or sportier settings. An 8-speed sports automatic transmission with faster shift times and sporty steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts is also available as an option.

The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon at launch, will soon provide even more variety and become even more attractive with the introduction of BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. In addition to the typical benefits of all-wheel drive, the electronically controlled BMW xDrive system – which can fully vary the driver power split between the front and rear wheels with split-second speed – ensures top-class traction, safety and handling, and optimal power management whatever the weather and road conditions. The system has been recalibrated for greater agility and precision, with benefits also for cornering. With this new version, it offers an ideal combination of dynamism and comfort, and is the ideal basis for maximum driving enjoyment. The BMW 328i xDrive, all-wheel-drive models will go on sale at launch along with the introduction of the rear wheel drive 328i Sports Wagon.

Three equipment lines shine the spotlight on the wagon's distinct character traits.
High-quality material combinations and unbeatable build quality underline the premium ambience of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon. The materials and color concept of the standard model accentuates the sporting character of the wagon, but a large selection of colors and upholstery variants also offer scope for various other options. From the basic matt satin silver surface treatment to the warm look of fine burr walnut wood, all trim surface options can be combined with either the leatherette or one of two leather upholstery colors.

In addition to the standard trim level, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon can now also be specified with any of three equipment lines or an M Sport Package. Customers can therefore adapt the appearance of their car to their personal lifestyle and preferences – in their own way and with eye-catching results. The Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line each emphasize the different sides to the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon's character in their own individual way. The exclusive, carefully coordinated equipment features embrace both exterior design elements and the selection of materials and colors for each model. In terms of value, design coherence and expressiveness, the new BMW Lines go far beyond existing packages in the segment.

Sport Line: With eye-catching exterior features in high-gloss black, this new line accentuates the dynamic appearance of the BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon. Eight heavily contoured high-gloss black kidney grille slats in a chrome-colored surround give the front end of the car a particularly sporty and alert look. The black inserts in the front apron make the air intakes appear larger and lend extra emphasis to the muscular wheel arches. Bi-color, double-spoke design 18-inch light-alloy wheels provide the athletic looks to match. Meanwhile, high-gloss black painted exterior mirrors and the standard high-gloss black B-pillar and window trim add an extra sporting flavor to the flanks. A black trim strip on the lower crease underlines the width-enhancing effect of the rear styling, while the black chrome exhaust tips rounds off the exterior's sporty appearance. The sporty and exclusive ambience of the interior is expressed by contrasting black and red accents. Red trim rings, red scales in the circular dials, red stitching on the sports steering wheel and a base trim strip in high-gloss black with coral red accent strips all underline the sporting ambience of the cockpit. The standard sports seats can be specified in a choice of two upholstery styles and three colors. The ignition key for Sport Line versions of the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon is identified by its black finish and red detailing.

Luxury Line: The discreet high-gloss chrome elements of this line lend the exterior of the BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon a particularly elegant and exclusive appeal. The BMW kidney grille with 11 fine chrome slats, two slightly offset chrome trim strips in the front apron air intakes, and a high-gloss chrome trim strip running horizontally above the air scoop gives the front a striking appearance. As with the Sport Line, the B-pillar and window guide come in high-gloss black, and the window frame and weather strip are in chrome. Special 18-inch light-alloy wheels in multi-spoke design accentuate the stylishness of the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon when viewed side-on. From the rear, the new Luxury Line is easily identified by its exquisite, high-gloss chrome trim strip – which extends across the full width of the rear apron – and its chrome exhaust tips. Chrome elements also catch the eye inside the Luxury Line variant. This is the only line which gives the radio and air conditioning units a chrome surround. High-gloss wood trim (with stylish inlays are also available) and seats with distinctive stitching and leather upholstery in three classically elegant colors highlight an inviting, exclusive ambience. The ignition key for Luxury Line versions of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan can be identified by its black finish and chrome detailing.

Modern Line: In contrast to Luxury Line models, the avant-garde trim elements included in Modern Line versions of the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon are all in satin aluminum, underlining the contemporary character of this line. The BMW kidney grille, with 11 satin aluminum slats, and double trim strips for the air intakes in the same color give the front end of the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon a particularly contemporary, classy touch. The high-gloss black B-pillar and window trim of the Modern Line blend smoothly with the satin aluminum trim elements at the front and rear. 18-inch turbine-style light-alloy wheels strengthen the future-focused concept of this equipment line. The harmonious lightness of the interior dispenses with strong contrasts. Instead, with a light upper side to the dashboard and a steering wheel in dark oyster, it generates an all-new ambience. Leather upholstery in oyster or black, and a choice of three trim surfaces with accent strips in pearl-effect chrome, further enhances the appealing interplay between materials. A trim element with three-dimensional structure and open-pored wood, lays on a whole new feast for the fingertips. Modern Line versions of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon are marked out by the oyster-colored ignition key with matt silver detailing.

M Sport package: The M Sport package brings the ultimate in sporting makeovers to the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon. An all-new aerodynamic package for the exterior clearly sets cars specified with this package apart from the base model and the three lines. 18 and 19 -inch light-alloy wheels in hallmark M design, M Sport suspension, a black kidney grille and BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline trim give the car that typical M look. The theme continues inside the car with sports seats boasting distinctive upholstery choices, trim elements with blue accent strips, M door sill covers, an M driver's footrest and the new M leather steering wheel.

New dimensions in driving pleasure and dynamic performance: Sporty power delivery, outstanding efficiency and enhanced ride comfort. The sixth generation BMW 3 Series sports sedan offers top-level agility and driving dynamics, and they combine all this with new levels of comfort. At the same time, there is no change to the proven basic concept comprising high-performance engines, a sporty chassis and a rigid, lightweight body. After all, over the past 35 or more years, drivers have come to expect dynamic, sporty driving enjoyment as a matter of course in a BMW 3 Series model, while power train and chassis technology rank as a core strength of the brand. A longitudinally mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and a balanced (50:50) weight distribution are a formula that makes the BMW 3 Series the sportiest wagon in its segment.

BMW EfficientDynamics: More power, less fuel consumption.
With high-performance engines, superior suspension technology and an extremely torsion-resistant body, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is building on its position as the sportiest sports wagon unique in its segment. It is also advancing even further on the comfort front. Agility and dynamic performance continue to be the sports wagon's stand-out features, and are key to its high standards of driving enjoyment. To cap this off, the 3 Series sports wagon also boasts an exceptionally good balance between performance and fuel consumption. This reassuring knowledge is a further incentive for drivers to make full use of the dynamic potential of the new BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon.

To a large extent, these typical BMW qualities are due to the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy that has been used on the new 3 Series Sports Sedan. A new, more fuel-efficient engine, extra-efficient transmission(s), on-demand control of ancillary units, intelligent lightweight design, Auto Start-Stop function, and low drag aerodynamics including "Air Curtain" and underside fairing all help to consolidate the leadership position of the new BMW 3 Series sports Wagon on fuel consumption and emissions.

Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration, ECO PRO mode.
The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is equipped with an Auto Start-Stop function, which automatically switches off the engine during short stops at traffic lights or in stationary traffic, so as not to waste fuel. For the first time, and uniquely in this class, this system can be combined with the new 8-speed automatic transmission. The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is also equipped with BMW's now familiar Brake Energy Regeneration system. With Brake Energy Regeneration, power for the vehicle's electrical system is generated only during braking and overrun. When the engine is under load, the alternator can often be disengaged. This not only means that electricity can be generated with little or no effect on fuel consumption, it also grants the sports wagon livelier acceleration. Finally, the new Driving Experience Control switch gives drivers the option of selecting ECO PRO mode which, by modifying the powertrain management and re-programming the heating and air conditioning, the heated seats and the exterior mirrors to operate at optimum efficiency, reduces fuel consumption by as much as 20%.

On-demand control of ancillary units saves energy.
Intelligent energy management in the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is further enhanced by the ancillary units, which consume significantly less energy compared with conventional systems. Examples include the on-demand coolant pump, the electronically controlled oil pump and the electromechanical steering system, which only consumes electric power when steering assistance is actually required. The special air conditioning compressor featured on many of the sports sedan models works on the same principle. As soon as the driver switches the air conditioning off, the belt drive to the compressor is disconnected by a magnetic clutch, to minimize power drain.

Intelligent lightweight design brings further reduction in fuel consumption.
Use of lightweight materials has played a significant role in reducing vehicle weight and in delivering high passenger cell safety standards, combined with a significant increase in strength. At the same time, these measures also help to ensure superior driving dynamics. Intelligent lightweight design is integrated into all areas of BMW vehicle development work and into all components, from the body and engine to the suspension. Materials used include high and ultra-high tensile steels, a hot-stamped B-pillar, plastics and state-of the-art composites. Increased use of aluminum components in the engine and suspension systems has also further reduced the weight of the relevant assemblies.

Practicality and versatility: Hallmarks for the new 3 Series Sports Wagon
The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon offers remarkable flexibility. A net as well as an additional strap along the right side panel can be used to help secure cargo. 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. A storage tray under the load compartment floor and a deep stowage compartment on the left-hand side of the cargo area can accommodate smaller items. Another neat twist, the luggage compartment cover can be stowed away under the load compartment floor, allowing it to be kept in the car even when not in use. Also standard is a separate partition net, which can be employed in a variety of ways even when the rear seat backrests are folded down. 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.

In addition to the increase in load-carrying capacity –the usable space between the wheel arches has also grown in size – the Sports Wagon also makes a credible case for a high degree of versatility. The folding rear seat bench can be split 40:20:40 as standard, allowing load capacity to expand up to a maximum of 35.3 cu. ft. Folding down all the backrests creates an almost level load compartment floor with a smooth transition to the sides of the interior. The generously sized tailgate aperture, measuring from 38" to 40.5 "wide and 26" high, makes it easier to load in bulky items over the strategically place scuff plates designed and placed to protect the luxuriously appointed cargo interior.

In addition to the flexibility and utility offered by the interior of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, other features unique to this model includes roof-rails that provide a basis for many optionally available racking systems for everything from bicycles and skis to cargo boxes. It will also be available with a full glass panoramic sunroof.

BMW ConnectedDrive: The latest in safety and infotainment
With its broad range of driver assistance systems and mobility services, all offered as part of BMW ConnectedDrive, the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon sets a new benchmark when it comes to safety, convenience and infotainment. To ensure that the available features deliver the maximum benefit, the exchange of information between the passengers, the vehicle and the outside world is managed by BMW ConnectedDrive.

The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is available with a full-color Head-Up Display. It projects key information in sharp resolution onto the windshield in the driver's direct field of vision. Depending on the vehicle specification the speed limit is noted in addition to the car's speed. The driver can also see navigation instructions and various alerts in the Head-Up Display. Thanks to the wide variety of driver assistance systems available in the new BMW 3 Series range, more information can be placed in the driver's direct line-of-sight while their eyes remain squarely on the road.

State-of-the-art camera technology provides the potential for new levels of safety and convenience. Active Safety options include Lane Departure Warning as well as Blind Spot Detection. Backing up and parking both are made easier with the available Rear-view Camera with Top View which provides a bird's-eye view of the car. Another convenience-enhancing assistance system is the BMW Parking Assistant, which takes charge of maneuvering into parking spaces making parallel-parking a breeze.

BMW Assist, a globally unique mobility service, comprises among other features a telephone information service and BMW's industry-leading enhanced Automatic Collision Notification function with automatic detection of the vehicle location. BMW Assist also includes Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

Other innovative technologies allow the integration of the Apple iPhone and other smartphones as well as music players, including the use of Internet-based services. The Apps option enables iPhone users, among other things, to receive Internet radio stations and to display Facebook and Twitter posts on the onboard monitor. With BMW Apps, iPhone users can access and listen to music streaming services like Pandora, MOG and Stitcher with the ability to add other Apps as they are made available using ConnectedDrive as a platform designed to continuously support future Apps as they are developed.

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Now, I'll also be the 1st to say... awe ... no FI 6-cyl? But, is anyone really surprised?? ....nnnnooooo...


Otherwise, BMW, come one... Drop the @$#%&@ Lines! It does not "tailor the car to individual taste". It limits and restricts us to how one can equip his/her car and forces one to make compromises in what will make us happy and have the exact car we want. I know there's no possible way I'll be able to equip one of these as I'd want, as there are interior choices I absolutely want, that are not permitted with performance options I also want. It's a poorly thought out strategy that I can't imagine saves you much to any money, and certainly doesn't make anyone who doesn't buy for a fleet or buy off the lot happy either. So then what's the point of it?!

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+1; "Otherwise, BMW, come one... Drop the @$#%&@ Lines!" ABSOLUTELY: these really limit choices, and every combo offered has something missing for me.

I'm still hoping the 5 series wagon makes it back to US; notice how wheel arches intrude into trunk space on the 3-series wagon. Othwerwise (lines aside) this look like a fun drive.
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So it's as I expected: no manual gearbox. The Lines make it easier for dealers to sell inventory, as it involves fewer permutations and thus a higher chance of having a car on the lot that a buyer wants.
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It's not truly a Sports Wagon unless it's available with the M Sport Package, the N55 engine, and a manual transmission. Until then, it's just a Sporty Wagon.
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No MT????

Awful, just awful.... I was just thinking that I'd have to do another test drive to get comfortable with the N20 (first test drive was disappointing), but no need now.
Looks like I'll stick with my E46 325it / 5spd, and then keep an eye out for an E90 or E60 touring with manual transmission.

BMW has finally lost it.
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No MT????

Awful, just awful.... I was just thinking that I'd have to do another test drive to get comfortable with the N20 (first test drive was disappointing), but no need now.
Looks like I'll stick with my E46 325it / 5spd, and then keep an eye out for an E90 or E60 touring with manual transmission.

BMW has finally lost it.
With no manual transmission available -- they'll definitely lose an F31 sale from me!

The E91 was first available as the 325xi AWD only, so there is some hope -- my E91's extended warranty doesn't expire until the end of 2014 so BMW NA has a year or two to see the light before I buy something else. From an EPA standpoint the F30 and F31 are "substantially identical" so it's up to the BMW marketing department.

At least my 6-speed/I6 E91 will become an instant "classic" and should be easier to sell!
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If I were a betting man, I wouldn't have won much money, because this would have been such a safe bet. For BMW to only offer the smaller engine in the US is pretty much a given. I guess we should be glad we will have the choice of RWD or AWD from the get go. As for only having an AT option, that doesn't surprise me much either.

Remember: a manufacturer has to crash test and certify every model variant sold in the US. This process costs a lot (millions?) and needs to be absorbed by the sales of that car. We all know how Americans abhor dynamic, efficient and practical station wagons in favor of bloated, inefficient and impractical SUVs and crossovers. So the take rate on a 3er wagon is going to be minescule to begin with! For BMW to subdivide that market into even smaller markets just isn't cost effective. BMW has already broken the small wagon market into two models (328i and 328xi) that each will cost them heaps of money to certify. In other words; don't blame BMW for not bringing the MT wagon to the US, blame the stupid American consumers who can't think for themselves and only follow the heard "SUVs are better" mentality... aka the "Sheeple". If more people bought wagons, BMW might be able to justify the cost of certifying the MT.

Besides all that, MTs are going away. The ONLY factor about an MT that outshines an AT today is the driver engagement. ATs are now more efficient and more refined. And guess what, you can still have fun driving a car with an AT. I do when I drive the M3 with SMG. And don't declare the end of the world quite yet. BMW has been know to cater to the enthusiasts "demands" now and then and throw us a bone. It wouldn't shock me if an announcement is made between now and spring 2013 when the car hits the market that they will offer an MT. Or maybe if not right away, soon in the model's life.

As for the I6 or nothing argument... I just don't get it. There have been excellent Turbo I4s around for a long time, most notably the VAG 1.8T/2.0T family of engines. They are powerful, efficient and have had praise heaped upon them for years. Now BMW has developed a Turbo I4 that not only outperforms the I6 it replaces, is more efficient, but is also getting critical recommendations from the automotive press!

In fact, most people agree that BMW's claim to fame is its excellent driving dynamics. And the 328 is winning comparisons to the 335 for that very thing! The lighter, better positioned I4 allows for a more nimble chassis and better handling. I've test driven several 328s and found the experience to be fun and exciting despite a different engine note. And my wallet would be happier with the fuel savings even if it only amounted to a couple extra dinners at Max's Tavern per year. (Mmmmm, steak!)

And don't argue any BMW "heritage" crap. BMW's have been putting engines from 4-12 cylinders in everything they build since the beginning of forever. In fact, the first BMWs in the US to launch the brand to where it is today were 4's.

I don't understand why or how people resist change. For the most part, change leads to improvement. We don't drive steam-powered cars today, or use wooden wheels, or tillers instead of steering wheels. So what's to say change to the cars of the future will be bad? We need to move away from gasoline, and the beginning of that process will be smaller and more efficient gasoline engines. Then we'll see electrics powered by a variety of on-board and off-board sources. Gasoline engined, manual transmissioned cars will be something for collectors and history buffs. And in 30 years, there will be enthusiasts who love everything about their single-speed direct-drive electric sports-cars and can't imagine anything else!

In the end, I'm just glad that BMW has brought the wagon to the US at all! I think the wagon looks better than the sedan, and is the first BMW I've really liked since the E46 (my favorite BMW model ever.) Is it fun to drive? Yes (I4, AT and all.) It is practical? Yes. Does it look good? Yes (subjective.) Seems like we have a winner to me.

And this is coming from someone who's been driving an MT wagon for 7 years (and MTs since '88.)
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:57 AM
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Didn't occur to me @ the time I first commented. But surprised given one can get a 6-cyl X1 you can't get a 6-cyl F31 in the USA. And isn't the FI 6-cyl [X1] exclusive to the USA?

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They probably expect to sell a lot more X1s than they do F31 Wagons which may be the reason they chose to bring the X1 xDrive35i as an exclusive product to the US market. Pure speculation on my part but I am thinking BMW is expecting X1 sales to be very strong.
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Remember: a manufacturer has to crash test and certify every model variant sold in the US. This process costs a lot (millions?) and needs to be absorbed by the sales of that car.
My Volvo T5 manual wagon was supposedly one of 70 or so that Volvo sold in the US that model year, and sales fell in the subsequent model years. As I understood the US gov't certifying process, Volvo didn't need to crash-test and EPA certify every possible body/engine/transmission combination.

Even at 200 or so annual sales of E91 ZSP/ 6MTs, BMW sales eclipse the volume Volvo was selling.

What BMW is doing with the F31 makes sense, some of the "200" will buy the F31 anyway, others will buy something else by BMW. A few won't buy another BMW, but manual wagoneers are such a small % of sales BMW won't miss them. I don't think we're missed over at the Volvo HQ.

It makes shopping for my next car easier. VW still builds the Jetta wagon and GTI with manuals and Porsche still builds the Cayenne with a manual.
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:54 PM
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No MT????

Awful, just awful.... I was just thinking that I'd have to do another test drive to get comfortable with the N20 (first test drive was disappointing), but no need now.
Looks like I'll stick with my E46 325it / 5spd, and then keep an eye out for an E90 or E60 touring with manual transmission.

BMW has finally lost it.
I agree I'm not interested without an M/T, but how was your first N20 drive disappointing? I test drove an N20 328, and have driven N54 335s, and I'd frankly buy the 328 over the 335; they're close enough in performance that, for a roadtrip car, I'd rather have the 328.

The N20 is far, far closer to the N55 than it is to the engine your E46.
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Old 07-08-2012, 08:37 PM
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I agree I'm not interested without an M/T, but how was your first N20 drive disappointing? I test drove an N20 328, and have driven N54 335s, and I'd frankly buy the 328 over the 335; they're close enough in performance that, for a roadtrip car, I'd rather have the 328.

The N20 is far, far closer to the N55 than it is to the engine your E46.
I went into the test drive with some high hopes (as all of the reviews were gushing over the N20)... admittedly, there were a few problems with the test drive car (automatic, no sport package) but the engine just felt artificial-- with a ton of torque, but across a broad plateau (typical of turbocharged cars) and very unlike the inline 6 that I currently have which, as you know, has a nice linear relationship to revs and torque. The engine feels like it was designed to win armchair road tests and just doesn't have that (subjective) feel.

Note that I don't mind 4cyl cars at all (years ago, I passed on a '91 318is that I still regret not getting) ... this one just didn't float my boat.

Back to the topic at hand, though, I had anticipated BMW offering the manual transmission in their wagon and am pretty disappointed that they have chosen not to. What's confusing is that they did so for both E46 and E90 (that's over 12 years or so), and I imagine the business case to not do so could have been made a long time back.
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I've been checking on F31 updates nearly daily over the past several months and looking forward to experiencing a Euro delivery late next summer. But with the announcement of two transmission choices: automatic or....automatic, I have now officially begun my used car search as of this moment.

Until I find something, I'll continue to drive and enjoy my 2007 Audi Avant with 6spd manual that I had planned on selling to buy the new F31.

I'll continue to enjoy my '05 Z4 3.0 with 6spd too, but have now officially crossed BMW off my list of car companies that I would send my hard earned dollars to.
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What about the current 3 wagon? You can still get i6 with MT.

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I've been checking on F31 updates nearly daily over the past several months and looking forward to experiencing a Euro delivery late next summer. But with the announcement of two transmission choices: automatic or....automatic, I have now officially begun my used car search as of this moment.

Until I find something, I'll continue to drive and enjoy my 2007 Audi Avant with 6spd manual that I had planned on selling to buy the new F31.

I'll continue to enjoy my '05 Z4 3.0 with 6spd too, but have now officially crossed BMW off my list of car companies that I would send my hard earned dollars to.
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First they get rid of the spare tire in favor of harsh run-flats, and then do away with the dipstick, for cryin' out loud. Now, no manual at all?! BMW, you're dropping the ball. So much for "Ultimate Driving Machine." Sad. Buh bye.
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What about the current 3 wagon? You can still get i6 with MT.
I seriously considered ordering one last summer when it was announced that the inline six would be dropped but the rear cargo space is just too tight. With a little extra rear seat room and a little extra cargo room I was really looking forward to the F31.
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I can understand how some would be disappointed. However, the larger interior space combined with a more powerful and efficient engine should make this wagon quite attractive to a lot of buyers. It will be interesting to see in a year how annual sales compare to the outgoing E91.

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Too bad about the lack of a MT as a no-cost option like the E91 offered. I had considered waiting until the F31, but glad I went for the '12 E91 6MT after all.
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Shame about the line stuff, but I can get over not getting the colors I want etc. I don't see where it explicitly says no M/T? It says the 8 speed is standard, but does that mean the 6 speed isn't even an option?
May live to regret returning my 6MT E61...That is a deal breaker for me, I would rather search for months for a used M/T E91 or E61 than be stuck with an auto for 3 years, bummer as I wanted to do another ED too.
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