Check out (download) the full F31 3 Series Touring / Wagon catalog brochure featuring 59 pages of glossy F31 goodness, covering all aspects of the newest 3 Series wagon.
We are attending the world press launch drives of the F31 3 series touring, M135i, Activehybrid 3 and F21 1 Series hatchback, where the 3 Series Touring M Sport has been officially shown for the first time, in Estoril Blue II. We bring you a photo gallery inside.
The BMW 3 Series Touring first drives are underway. Here are a few of the first reactions to the F31 touring model.
The 2013 BMW 3 Series Touring (F31) had its online reveal 3 weeks ago and has just had its world premiere today at the 2012 AMI show.
Compared to E91 3 Series Touring:
1.46 in (37mm) wider front track
1.85 in (48mm) wider rear track
3.66 in (97mm) longer
1.96 in (50mm) longer wheelbase
10% more cargo volume (with rear seats up and folded) - 495 liters of cargo room
Range of models available at launch: 328i, 330d, 320d (model range for US not yet announced as of 5/12/12)
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Here are photos from the latest F31 3 series touring sighting. Are we possibly looking at the first indication of a 328i xDrive with manual transmission? When we previously interviewed BMW on which F30/F31 xDrive models would receive a manual transmission, all we were told was that there would be at least one xDrive model with manual transmission. So, *if* this particular F31 is a 328i xDrive model (the front suspension appears to sit a bit higher?), then it would appear that the 328i may be one of the xDrive models to receive a manual transmission option.
The next 3 series variant to make its debut will be the 3 series touring / wagon (F31). We’ve now spotted it with virtually no camouflage remaining. Combined with the recently revealed F31 rear design patent CGIs (images inside), we now basically know how the F31 will look when it makes its debut at the AMI auto show in Leipzig in early June (for a likely market debut in the Fall).
Unlike the F11 5 series touring, the new 3 series touring model will make a return to the North American market. In an interview we had at the 2012 NAIAS with Paul Ferraiolo, Manager, Product Planning & Strategy of BMWNA, he confirmed that the next generation F31 3 series touring will make it stateside again:
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The F31 3-series touring/wagon has been spotted in testing again, this time in a new color - liquid blue. Liquid blue recently showed up as new BMW color for the 2012 3-series E92 coupe and 2012 1-series F20 hatchback and this is the first ever look at the new light blue paint color.
No official word yet on whether the F31 touring/wagon will be available in North America, but in a recent interview with Automotive News, the now retired BMWNA CEO Jim O’Donnell says he wishes the company hadn’t stopped selling the F11 5 series wagon in the United States last year because the company thought a lot its 5-series station wagon customers would go with the GT. The report went on to say that the next … CONTINUED
It’s been over a year since our last F31 touring sighting (last video and pics), but this time the F31 has been spotted showing some of its body for the first time. Some of the camouflage tape has been dropped to give us a better look of its shape and styling.
Overall the F31 touring will grow in size from its E91 predecessor, which will give it some added practicality, one of the main advantages the touring has over its sedan and coupe siblings.
Will the F31 wagon go the way of the dodo in North America as the current 5-series touring has? Will North Americans only get the 3-series GT instead?
Not if the recently retired BMWNA CEO Jim O’Donnell’s words remain true. He recently stated (regarding the … CONTINUED