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?
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The F31 2012 3-series touring variant of the next generation 3-series has now been spotted for the first time! Although not much of the cars details are yet revealed, the overall shape and proportions are very attractive, much like those of the stunning F11 5-series touring.
Here is Autoexpress’ latest interpretation of what the 2012 F30 3-series will resemble. They believe that it will be a mix of influences from the CS Concept and 5-series. What do you think of this look?
The 2012 F31 3-series touring has been spotted! The picture comes from the Autocar magazine. The F31 BMW 3 series Touring is expected to follow after the Geneva 2012 launch of the F30 3-series sedan by possibly following the route taken with the 5er Touring (F11) And debuting in it’s home market, Germany @ Leipzig a month later. The 3-series sedan debuts in November 2011. The 3er Touring (F31) will also follow the same pattern as the (F11) and not be introduced in North America.