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2012 BMW 3 Series Touring wagon officially revealed

May 13, 2012

BMW has pulled the wraps off the new 2012 BMW 3 Series Touring wagon. The new model will be available initially as the 2012 BMW 320d Touring, BMW 328i Touring, and BMW 330d Touring.

Similar to the new sedan range, the 2012 BMW 3 Series Touring will be available in three trim levels; Modern Line, Luxury Line, and Sport Line. An M Sport package will also be on offer, featuring a range of M Sport accessories such as sports suspension, wheels, and interior trimmings.

All versions will be available with automatic stop-start and brake energy recuperation technology as standard, while options such as Comfort Access will also be on offer, including an electric hands-free tailgate function and an electronic pivoting tow-bar coupling.

As with the new sedan, the new Touring is larger than the outgoing 3 Series. Rear boot space is now capable of swallowing 495 litres, which is up 35 litres over the predecessor. This is thanks to a wheelbase that is 50mm longer, and an overall stretch in length of 97mm.

Power will come from three different engines options at first, with two turbo-diesel offerings and a turbo petrol. The 328i features the new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine developing 180kW, while the 320d gets a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel with 135kW, and the 330d 3.0-litre straight six diesel with 190kW.

Other interesting features include an electric tailgate window which can be opens separately from the tailgate, a 40:20:40 split fold rear seat layout, and BMW’s ConnectedDrive program, including head-up display for added safety.

Australian pricing and trim specifications are yet to be announced, however, the new model is set to arrive Down Under towards the end of this year. It will hit international markets in June.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.