The F31-generation BMW 318d Touring and 320i Touring will be the first load-lugging variants to join the existing 3 Series sedan line-up in Australia, with the more powerful 328i Touring expected to take place at the top of the premium mid-sized wagon range from mid-2013. Sadly, BMW Australia says the 335i Touring is not on the cards for our market at this stage, but remains a chance to be introduced further down the track.
At $58,900, the new 318d Touring is $2500 more than the equivalent sedan and $4000 cheaper than the previous-gen 320d Touring. The new 320i Touring commands a $5000 premium over its sedan sibling and is $3300 more than the 320i model it replaces. By comparison, the Audi A4 Avant starts $400 lower than the 3 Series Touring, while the entry-level Mercedes-Benz C200 Estate is $1700 more expensive.
Both models team a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 318d diesel produces 105kW and 320Nm (30kW/60Nm less than the previous 320d), while the 320i petrol generates 135kW and 270Nm - an appreciable step up from the old atmo's 115kW/200Nm output.
The 318d Touring accelerates from 0-100km/h in 9.2 seconds and consumes a claimed 4.7 litres per 100km, while the 320i Touring sprints to triple figures in 7.5sec and burns 6.2L/100km.
At 4624mm long and riding on an identical 2810mm wheelbase to the sedan, the 2013 BMW 3 Series Touring is 97mm larger than the old wagon and adds 50mm between the wheels, designed to create more cabin space and storage.
The 495-litre boot is 35 litres larger than before, and expands to 1500 litres with the 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats pushed forwards.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring variants share similar specifications to their sedan counterparts.
The 318d comes standard with rear parking sensors, auto headlights and wipers, cruise control with brake function, dual-zone climate control, AUX/USB inputs and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
The 320i adds 17-inch ‘star spoke’ alloy wheels, front parking sensors, rear-view camera, electric driver’s seat with memory function, sports leather steering wheel and an interior lighting package.
BMW 3 Series Touring manufacturer’s list prices:
- 318d – $58,900 (Modern/Luxury/Sport Lines: $3768.)
- 320i – $62,600 (Modern/Luxury/Sport Lines: $3152. M Sport Package: $6844.)
Note: Overseas images of 328i and 330d variants shown.