The BMW 3 Series has always been a popular car. But the wagon has more or less stuck to the niche fringes, especially with the prevalence of crossovers in the U.S. market. Yet, BMW has offered two generations of 3 Series wagons in the U.S. since its inception, and the automaker is planning on making a third go of it for 2013.
Called the 2013 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, BMW says the car’s been stretched almost 3.7 inches compared to the previous generation wagon. Almost 2 of those inches have been added to the wheelbase, directly helping the circulation of bloodflow in the legs of rear-seat passengers.
BMW has made no mention of engine options, but we expect the 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder from the 328i and the 300-horsepower, turbocharged inline-6 from the 335i to make their way under the hood. A diesel engine will likely be making its way to the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon’s options sheet, too, but that has not yet been confirmed for the U.S.
Additionally, BMW will offer the Sports Wagon in Modern, Luxury, and Sport lines for people who want a little more individual tailoring in their cars. Like the sedan, an M Sport line will also be offered, which will upsize the wheels, stiffen the suspension, and add other more aggressive touches.
Stylistically, the Sports Wagon will have a more canted roofline, with the wagon’s hatch sloping down slightly. It’ll have a window that will be able to open separately from the hatch for smaller items. And with the Comfort Access package, a full-handed driver will be able to open it with just a swipe of his or her foot underneath the rear bumper. The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon will also have available roof rails, a 40/20/40 split-folding rear bench to accommodate long items like skis, and under-floor storage in the rear.
The 2012 BMW Sports Wagon, which is based on the previous-generation car, carries a $2,600 premium over the sedan but comes with leather seating standard, among several other would-be extras in the sedan. We expect that margin to stay close next year, paving the way for what will hopefully be an expanded range of wagons when the 2013 3 Series Sports Wagon hits U.S. dealerships next spring.