Slowly but surely, we're becoming quite smitten with the F30 BMW 3 Series. The four-cylinder 328i and six-pot 335i sedans have officially launched here in the United States, and now, it's only a matter of time before the rest of the 3er body styles get the F30 treatment. First up is the wagon Touring (F31, internally), which our spies recently caught testing out in the snow.

Let's start with some good news: We have no reason to believe that BMW won't offer its capacious 3 Series here in the United States. The Touring has been a part of the 3's lineup in the U.S. for decades, and BMW executives have already confirmed that the wagon will be offered here in the States.

Like the outgoing 3 Series, expect just a 328i model in rear- and (forthcoming) xDrive all-wheel-drive formats. Of course, other markets will get some tasty diesel options, but since the wagon doesn't account for a huge percentage of 3 Series sales in the U.S., having one engine option will likely have to suffice.

Look for the 3 Series Touring to launch in the near future (Geneva Motor Show?) with the first cars hitting the ground in Europe this fall.


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      Twittavelli
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks cool although I think the Audi a4 translates better into a wagon.
      Agent55
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lots of admiration for the 3-series wagons, a 335i version with an M-package would be amazing. Not gonna happen, but it would be at the top of my list.
      SteveM
      • 2 Years Ago
      This isn't a criticism, but I'm still not sure I like the new front end design as much as the 2011 model. Otherwise it's an outstanding design, and has updated well. I sincerely appreciate that the European manufacturers don't automatically make their outgoing models visually obsolete. Nice, and I'll take mine in white please.
      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Be My Wagon?
      durrknievel
      • 2 Years Ago
      WANT. Come out with it already so I can buy a used one in a few years. There has been a 3-series touring in the US for _decades_?? There was no E30 touring here. No E36 touring. The E46 touring showed up in 1999. We always get cheated with smaller motor in the wagons too. And manuals are almost impossible to find. Especially in RWD. Believe me, I've looked. However with the turbo 4-pot we should finally have a touring that's fast and efficient. Just make enough damn manuals, OK BMW?
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @durrknievel
        I agree with you but want to comment: manuals are hard to find in the USA. All a buyer has to do is order his/her car that way. I never understood why so many buyers seem to feel they have to buy what the dealers ordered and equipped for their sales lots. I ordered my E39 with exactly the features I wanted.
      BC
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The Touring has been a part of the 3's lineup in the U.S. for decades" 2000-2011 isn't really "decades" even though the 12 years spans three of them.
      _____I______
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would much rather buy an Acura TSX wagon. Much more fun to drive, more reliable, more practical car than this boring ugly POS Schnitzel.
        Brett
        • 2 Years Ago
        @_____I______
        No offense, but I couldn't disagree more. I like the TSX enough, but you can't have the sport wagon with the manual transmission, which is an absolute deal breaker. Plus, there's the old thought that rear-wheel drive is better (certainly my preference) and the fact that the 2012 3 sedan is already bigger inside than the 2012 TSX, so I'd bet the wagon will be too. I like the TSX a lot, though. Just not exactly my first choice.
        Jim
        • 2 Years Ago
        @_____I______
        I wandered over to the TSX wagon during the Tampa car show. I thought this was something I might upgrade to. But when I saw the rear legroom, it went off the list. The Jetta TDI Sportwagon is still top of the list for me.
        leo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @_____I______
        u kiddin' right
      KingTito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just like every Autoblog poster, I want an AWD, wagon, diesel, with a manual transmission. However, just like 99.9% of posters, in the unlikely event it was offered, I would never have the cash to buy it. On a serious note, I wonder how many people in the US are going to serious cash for a 3-series touring with a 4 cylinder engine. It would seem like this crowd would be more content with the 6 pot.
        jessesrq
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KingTito
        I guess I am in the minority, having spent semi-serious cash on a TSX Sportwagon, which is a bit slow to put it nicely. I had a hard time justifying another $10k for the A4 Avant (I just don't like the interior) and the 328i touring had just ended production. Next time around I will have no problem stepping up to the BMW and its 4 cylinder.
        simianspeedster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KingTito
        I think sales will be fine when people come to understand the reality: 1) Audi, MB and BMW have all gone to turbo 4s for their base engine 2) The new N20 engine offers significantly more usable power and torque than the N52 it replaces and it offers much better fuel economy as well I'd still like to be given the option of an NA inline 6 (especially the 255HP variant of the N52) , but I understand why it makes little sense for BMW to offer 3 engine choices. CAFE requirements demand that all BMW's new engines use forced injection and/or hybrid technology.
          leo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @simianspeedster
          yeah, but the i6 sounds sweet while the i4 turbo has no aural pleasures to offer too bad BMW will no longer offer a NA engine in the 3er
      • 2 Years Ago
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      JESSE
      • 2 Years Ago
      That front end looks a mess!
      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice estate vehicle.
      Sgt Beavis
      • 2 Years Ago
      As an owner of a 2011 BWM 328i Sport Wagon and I really like it. However I'm disappointed that the new 3 looks so much like the current one. Only a trained eye (or car nut) can tell the difference..
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