In Europe, the new 3-Series Touring will arrive in showrooms later this year as the 328i with a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol producing 241-horses (245PS), the 320d propelled by a 181hp (184PS) 2.0-liter turbo diesel and the 330d equipped with a 255-horsepower (258PS) 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six diesel.
A six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels in the four-cylinder models with the 330d sporting a standard 8-speed automatic, which is optional on the other models. Both transmission variants are linked to a fuel consumption-reducing Auto Start-Stop system.
BMW said the 3-Series Sports Wagon will go on sale in the States in spring of 2013, without revealing any information about the range. A safe guess would be that the lineup will include the 328i with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine and the 335i with a 3.0-liter straight-six turbocharged gasoline unit and quite possibly a diesel-powered model.
Just like the sedan model, the new 3-Series estate is slightly larger than its predecessor, featuring wider tracks (front + 37 mm/1.46 in., rear + 48 mm/1.85 in.), plus a longer body (+ 97 mm/3.66 in.) and wheelbase (+ 50 mm/1.96 in.). BMW says the larger dimensions result in nearly ten percent more cargo volume both with the rear seats up (+35 liters to 495 liters) and when folded.
Available options that are unique to the station wagon version of the 3-Series include roof-rails and a full glass panoramic sunroof.