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Great news for wagon fans in America: BMW released official pictures and information on the new 3-series wagon, which it confirmed will be arriving in the US market as a 2013 model next spring. Based on the all-new 3-series (F30) sedan, the all-new wagon (known by its own designator F31) shares virtually all of the four-door’s architecture, but adds an open cargo bay in place of the trunk.
Adding to the functionality of the wagon is a standard 40:20:40 folding rear seat and standard-equipment roof rails. Like the sedan, the wagon will feature an under-floor storage compartment for stowing small items out of sight, and there’s even space for the roll-up cargo cover beneath the floor. Four tie-downs are mounted in the rear compartment, which also holds a cargo net to restrain loose items.
The rear hatch will be available with power lift, a first for the 3-series wagon, and buyers who choose the comfort access package will also be treated to hands-free tailgate opening. The rear window opens separately from the main hatch, allowing convenient loading and unloading of smaller items.
Styling, like every previous 3-series wagon, is derivative of the sedan on which it’s based. As such, the wagon shares most of the sedan’s critical dimensions, but surprisingly pulls up shorter in overall length by 12 mm. Weight will be dependent on engine options, which BMW will release later. However, based on past 3-series wagon offerings, we expect a 328i to be the sole choice for America, with rear-wheel drive standard and xDrive as an option. All of the new option lines will be offered, including Modern, Luxury, and Sport.