BMW has just announced that will bring the Sports Wagon version of the latest F30 BMW 3-Series to the U.S., beginning in Spring of 2013.

However, for now the German carmaker will bring only the base 3-Series’ 328i guise. However BMW expects eventually to provide the Touring with the full range of engine variants that are already available on the new 3-Series sedan.

Considering it’s based on the brilliant 3 Series sedan, it promises to be a formidable rival to the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate.

The N20 four-cylinder twin-turbo engine will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that comes on the recently introduced 328i sedan. The new four-cylinder engine will offer more power and be more fuel-efficient than the previous generation.

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.

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.

It’s a bigger car than before, and that shows up in ways that are helpful to its Touring-ness. The boot’s bigger, and there’s usefully more knee-room and head-room in the back seats. Four grown-ups could travel in this car here without injury or dispute.

There are now more features designed to make your life that little bit easier. The tailgate, for example, is electrically powered as standard and can be opened when you hands are full by waving your foot under the rear bumper. If you just want to sling some shopping bags in the back though, the rear windscreen opens up separately.

Just as in 3-Series Sedan models, the Sports Wagon will be offered in a choice of Sport, Luxury, or Modern models. Each brings a distinct interior treatment, along with exterior differences.

Pricing details and standard/optional equipment will be announced closer to the on sale date.


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