In addition to the first details and photos of the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, the German company has also confirmed the model will again be coming to the US. Unfortunately, we won’t be seeing it until Spring 2013, following its European introduction later this year. Powertrain details for the US as well as pricing, specifications and standard/optional equipment will be announced at a later date.
Like its Sedan sibling, the new 3 Series Sports Wagon is slightly larger than its predecessor, most notably it has a slightly wider track, wheelbase and overall length. This translates into more rear legroom as well as nearly ten percent more cargo volume both with the rear seats up and when folded.
Like the Sedan, the new Sports Wagon will be available in the different BMW Lines as a way to tailor the car to individual tastes. The same Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line have their own character, while the M Sport Line will also be offered.
The rear of the new Sports Wagon boasts a blend of sporting elegance and practicality. The large tailgate opening and low sill, for example, make loading and unloading bulky items that much easier.
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 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 access the cargo area, a power tailgate will be offered for the first time on a 3 Series 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 you approach with hands full, you only need stick a foot under the rear bumper and the tailgate automatically swings open.
A cargo net and 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 more 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 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 Sports Wagon to carry four adults and longer items, such as skis or snowboards, at the same time.
The new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon includes roof-rails to accommodate all manner of storage racks for everything from bicycles and skis to cargo boxes. It will also be available with a full glass panoramic sunroof.