We gave you a first look at the new BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon in May, and now the automaker has offered a bit more insight regarding specifics for the variation that will be sold in America starting next spring. Based on the new 3 Series platform architecture, the 2013 BMW 328i Sports Wagon will share much of its feature set and driving character with its sedan sibling but add an extra measure of load-toting capability in standard rear-wheel or optional xDrive all-wheel drive configuration.
While the new 328i Sports Wagon will be available in an impressively equipped base form in addition to Sport, Luxury and Modern trim lines, the sole engine for this market will be BMW’s stunningly enthusiastic and super-efficient 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder. Developing 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, it will be backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission available with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles and incorporate an Auto Start-Stop function as well as Brake Energy Regeneration circuitry to further enhance its mileage-maxing prowess. Although formal EPA figures have yet to be released, the new BMW 328i Sedan with this drivetrain combo clocks in at 23 city/33 highway mpg and the Sports Wagon is sure to come in close to those numbers. Buyers who opt for a wagon in Sport Line trim or with the available M Sport Package can step up to an enthusiast-grade 8-speed autoshifter with driver-selectable Normal/Sport modes.
As with all new 3 Series models, the 328i Sports Wagon will come with BMW’s Driving Dynamics Control function that offers Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and ECO PRO modes. DDC allows custom tweaking of the accelerator response, engine response, power steering feel, shift mapping, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) thresholds and Dynamic Damper Control via a rocker switch on the center console. In addition to the automaker’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the 328i Sports Wagon also will offer a basic M Sport package with stiffer suspension, lower ride height, bigger alloy wheels and aerodynamic enhancements as well as an available Adaptive M Sport Suspension.
Like the 3 Series Sedan, the new Sports Wagon boasts a full range of standard safety equipment as well as an extensive roster of techno options that include a full-color head-up display, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear-view Camera with Top View, BMW Assist, BMW Parking Assistant and BMW Connected Drive. Pricing for the 2013 BMW 328i Sports Wagon will be released closer to its on-sale date.