As the BMW 3 Series transitions into its next generation, starting with the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan, fans of the five-door station wagon body style were left wondering whether BMW would be bringing the long-roof along for the ride. As it is, the practical BMW 5 Series Touring, while still sold abroad, was supplanted by the Prius on ‘roids-shaped 5 Series Gran Turismo hatchback in the States. There was reason for the legion of wagon faithful to be concerned.
But those fears can be cast aside now, as we’ve learned that the next-generation BMW 3 Series will, in fact, spawn a Touring variant for the U.S. Receiving little attention at last week’s Detroit Auto Show, BMW’s execs apparently announced this fact, however, it’s still at least a year off.
The next-gen 3er wagon will appear at the Leipzig Auto Show in the spring and should mirror the sedan models with Sport, Modern, and Luxury equipment packages. It’ll have access to the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the 328i, and unlike the current model may get the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six for the 335i. A diesel model is also possible, as is an M Sport model.
If BMW’s past product strategy is any indicator, expect the 3 Series wagon to show up as a 2013 model in the U.S. BMW has a habit of rolling out its sedan version of a new 3 Series a year before its coupe, convertible, and wagon versions, and we expect this car to be no different.