BMW has announced the return of their 3-Series Sports Wagon. Expected to land on United States roads Spring 2013. The first model to be made available will be the 328i Sports Wagon, which will also come in many accommodating BMW trim lines, like the 328i xDrive all-wheel-drive and even an M Sport Line.
Propelled by the new N20 engine (240hp/255 lb-ft) mated to an automatic 8-speed automatic transmission with optional paddle shifters, the Sports Wagon will be a contender for any performance conscious driver.
Driving Dynamics Control (DDC) comes standard on the Sports Wagon. DDC modes available are ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ (with the M Sport Line selection).
ECO PRO mode is new to the DDC options. Incorporating various driving elements to help increase fuel economy and efficiency. For example, when activated the ECO PRO mode changes the accelerator mapping so that the same pedal travel delivers less power than in standard mode. Also upshifts happen sooner and downshifts are delayed to achieve optimum efficiency. Partnering with these mechanical driving systems is the instrument cluster education program. This system encourages users to achieve maximum range in their vehicle with tips and live economy updates for a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 20%. The Sports Wagon alone already achieves an impressive 41.5 mpg, imagine what ECO PRO mode can add to that.
While fuel economy is important, most of us do fall victim to mother speed. Which is why the new 3-Series Sports Wagon is available in an M Sport package. Complete with a 0.4 in. drop, 18 or 19-inch M alloy wheels, larger anti-roll bars and a sports automatic transmission available with Start/Stop technology and a regenerative braking system to help power the electrical systems in the car. Providing an enhanced aesthetic appeal is an M aerodynamics package along with various exclusive exterior paint options.
The wagons true presence is felt in its functionality. The rear hatch will be the first 3-series Sports Wagon with a power tailgate. With a touch of a button, either from your remote or inside the cockpit, opening the hatch has never been easier. Comfort Access incorporates a Hands Free Opening Tailgate, activated by sliding your foot under the rear bumper. Power options are great but access is even better in the new Sports Wagon. The tailgate posses two methods of trunk access; the first being the tailgate window opens separately from the door itself allowing for easy drop-and-go access, or in our case safe car-to-car rolling shots.
Luxury, Sport and Modern line interior options are available to suite any individual. Ranging in various wood finishes, brushed aluminum and chrome features along with several seat and leather options to truly make the Sports Wagon an extension of your style and an oasis of luxury.
Pricing details on the new BMW will be announced closer to the sale date.