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BMW 3 Series Touring spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 3 Series is perhaps the most important vehicle in BMW's lineup, and though the automaker has given it a few minor tweaks for the 2011 model year (fascia nip/tuck, new N55 single-turbo mill), an all-new version is in the works for 2012. We've seen photos of the next-generation sedan all covered in BMW's signature swirly paper, but our spies have just caught the wagon Touring version of the new 3er roaming around European streets, as well. Aside from the obvious addition of a more capacious boot, not much should differ between the 3 Series sedan and wagon when it hits showrooms, which figures to feature a range of new engines and a design more akin to that of the F10 5 Series and new Z4.

We're sure that the new 3 Series Touring will fare well in European markets, but it's unclear how the wagon will be received here in the States, especially since BMW is rumored to be working on a 3 Series Gran Turismo – similar to the 5 Series GT that launched earlier this year. However, the 5GT's slow initial sales numbers may cause BMW to rethink its product planning, and the new 3 wagon will be perfectly poised to do battle with the likes of the Audi A4 Avant and Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, as well as the new TSX Sport Wagon from Acura which will be arriving in early 2011.

No word yet on when we'll see the production version of the next-generation 3 Series, though we certainly won't rule out a possible debut at this year's Paris Motor Show. For now, click through the gallery below to see the 3 Series Touring showing off its new rump.

[Source: CarPix]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I looks like a real possibility, especially if it comes in a sportwagon package with a manual. Better still, with a couple of diesel options. Since the F10 will not come to us in this configuration. Better looking Bimmers, better powerplants, and who knows... wagons! Yay!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      We have a 328xi Sport Wagon and we had an A4 Avant before that, and we have no interest in SUVs as they are pointless for our needs (not everyone's I understand). I'd much rather have a sports sedan with a big boot that drives like a sports sedan. It will be a real shame if BMW doesn't see fit to serve this niche in the U.S.

      Better yet, BMW should promote the 3 series wagon much better than they do today. I understand that dealers only want to carry what sells, but when few dealers carry wagons (while they have plenty of X3s and X5s), it takes away customers' ability to walk in, drive a wagon and buy it. Many people aren't patient enough to special order a car.

      I fear the "invisible wagon" problem will get worse for BMW because proit margins on the X3 and X5 are likely higher since they're being made in the U.S. now -- one more disincentive for dealers to stock wagons.

      At least if they build some touring derivative, I sure hope they base it on the relatively lightweight 3 chassis and not the 5.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...if only they'd offer all the variants of the 3-series as wagons (i.e. 335xd wagon, M3, 320d, etc...)
      • 5 Years Ago
      335i Touring please..
      • 5 Years Ago
      The next 3er(code name: F30) is coming spring 2012 with a reveal in fall 2011.
      • 5 Years Ago
      With the release of the BMW Motorsports Bicycle and now this...BMW just needs to release a BMW Segway competitor to have full segment domination...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just bring it over to the US as a god damned diesel. Not the 335d. The 320d. Otherwise, I may end up with a Jetta TDI instead. Not that the Jetta isn't a good car, but I prefer the equipment levels available in the BMW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even underneath all that camo, it still looks infinitely better than the Gran Turismo, X6, and whatever else BMW refers to as a "Sports Activity Coupe".