2013 BMW 3-Series Touring

The long-awaited touring version of the new BMW 3 Series F30 is finally revealed featuring class-leading technology and convenience.

With 97 millimetres added to the car’s overall length and 50 millimetres to its wheelbase, the new BMW 3-Series Touring offers extra room for passengers and luggage alike. Plus, this space can be adapted for a variety of uses, allowing the new car to turn its hand to a range of activities. A 35-litre increase in capacity (to 495 litres) means the load compartment can offer more space than any of the Touring’s rivals.

Engine-wise, the car launches with the 328i petrol, the 330d straight-six, and the more economical 320d version with a four-cylinder diesel. But it’s the technology features that really set this car apart from the competition.


More details on the 2013 BMW 3-Series Touring in the press release below:

The range kicks off with the BMW 328i, 330d and 320d Touring.

Agility and dynamic performance are among the other qualities which set the new BMW 3-Series Touring apart. Customers can choose from three refined, economical and punchy engines at launch, all of which boast BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Alongside the new four-cylinder petrol unit developing 180 kW/245 hp and revised 2-litre diesel with 135 kW/184 hp, the line-up also includes an optimised six-cylinder diesel producing 190 kW/ 258 hp that combines sporty dynamics with significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions. All engines fulfil the stipulations of the EU5 exhaust standard, while the 320d diesel unit can be further optimised to meet EU6 specification, if desired. The Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode, meanwhile, opens up extra fuel-saving potential for all engine variants.

A sporty six-speed manual gearbox sends power to the rear wheels in the four-cylinder models. And BMW also offers an innovative eight-speed automatic transmission – fitted as standard in the six-cylinder diesel model – as an option. A further option is the eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifts on the steering wheel. Both transmission variants link up with the fuel consumption-reducing Auto Start-Stop function.

Advanced suspension technology, featuring a large number of light-alloy components and new tuning, the torque steer-free Electric Power Steering, an up to 40-kilogram lighter overall weight and finely-balanced axle load distribution set the seal on the car’s dynamic concept. State-of-the-art electronic control systems enhance the dynamic potential of the new BMW 3-Series Touring and help to ensure it displays the perfect combination of sporting prowess and ride comfort. The new Touring can be ordered with M Sport suspension or the Adaptive M Sport suspension as an option.

BMW ConnectedDrive: Maximum safety, exemplary convenience and up-to-the-minute infotainment thanks to intelligent connectivity.

With its broad range of driver assistance systems and mobility services, offered as standard or optionally as part of BMW ConnectedDrive, the new BMW 3-Series Touring sets benchmarks when it comes to safety, convenience and infotainment. To ensure that the available functions fulfil their tasks to optimum effect, the exchange of information between the passengers, the vehicle and the outside world is coordinated by BMW ConnectedDrive in a particularly intelligent and selective way.

Full-colour high-resolution: BMW Head-Up Display.

A highlight of the BMW 3-Series Touring is the latest-generation multicolour Head-Up Display that projects all key information in sharp resolution onto the windscreen in the driver’s direct field of vision. Depending on the vehicle specification, speed limits and overtaking restrictions are flagged up in addition to the car’s speed. The driver can also see navigation instructions and various alerts in the Head-Up Display. Due to the wide variety of driver assistance systems available in the new BMW 3-Series range, the amount of information that can be shown in the Head-Up Display has now reached an unprecedented level.

Camera plus sensor: Lane Change and Lane Departure Warning.

Among the assistance systems that enhance convenience and safety are the Lane Change and Lane Departure Warning systems including Collision Warning. Working with radar sensors and camera monitoring, these systems warn the driver of a potential collision during a lane change manoeuvre or if the car strays unintentionally out of its lane, as well as alerting him if the car gets too close to the vehicle in front.

Preventive occupant safety: Active Protection.

The Active Protection safety package with extended protective measures and the Automatic Emergency Call function help passengers to limit the potential consequences of an accident. Active Protection is activated shortly after the car sets off, ready to tighten the front seat belts and close the side windows and sunroof if a pre-crash scenario arises. If the system detects a collision threat and deduces that a crash is unavoidable, it automatically brakes the car.

Intelligent management of state-of-the-art light technology: anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant and Adaptive Headlights.

Providing an extra boost to safety after dark is the optional High-Beam Assistant, which automatically switches high beam on or off depending on the driving situation. In conjunction with the optional bi-xenon headlights, the new BMW 3-Series Touring can be equipped with the latest-generation Adaptive Headlights with cornering lights, variable headlight distribution and adaptive headlight range control for city and motorway driving. This equipment package includes an anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant that allows high beam to remain switched on even when there is oncoming traffic. Any dazzle is prevented by a cover applied across the headlights as required.

The perfect overview not just when parking: Surround View, Side View and BMW Parking Assistant.

In addition to the rear-view camera and Park Distance Control, there is the option of Surround View with Side View, which show the BMW 3-Series Touring and its surroundings from a bird’s eye perspective. This view enables particularly accurate manoeuvring in confined spaces. If the vehicle is driving at less than 20 km/h (12 mph), the driver can additionally activate the Side View function to monitor traffic crossing in front of the car – making it easier to pull out of narrow or concealed exits, for example. Another convenience-enhancing assistance system is the BMW Parking Assistant, which takes charge of manoeuvring into parking spaces that are parallel to the direction of travel. All the driver has to do during the parking manoeuvre is operate the accelerator and brake pedals, leaving the BMW Park Assistant to deal with the steering.

Multitalented: Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function.

The ACC with Stop&Go cruise control function complements the range of convenience options. ACC Stop&Go not only allows drivers to cruise comfortably along the motorway and country roads while maintaining the desired distance from the vehicle in front, in heavy traffic it also slows the speed all the way to a standstill if necessary, before the car automatically moves off again. All this takes the strain off the driver in slow-moving and stop-go traffic.

Smartly bypassing congestion: Real-Time Traffic Information (RTTI).

The optionally available RTTI (Real-Time Traffic Information) system draws on rapid and comprehensive data transfer through mobile phones by means of a SIM card built into the car. This real-time information, which assists route planning and calculating potential diversions, is supremely reliable and precise. In addition to motorways and main roads, RTTI also covers country roads and thoroughfares and side streets in urban areas. Coloured road markings on the map display indicate the flow of traffic at any given time.

Sheer infotainment: further services from BMW ConnectedDrive.

High-performance interface technology makes for high-level infotainment capability that enables extensive use of external mobile phones and music players. Here the user can draw on selected offerings from BMW Live and BMW Online. Thanks to new Bluetooth office functions, internet-based services along with calendar entries and text messages can be viewed in the Control Display of the iDrive operating system and read out via the Text to Speech function. In addition, passengers can access their personal music library on their smartphone or music player. The BMW Connected app allows the use of web radio and social networks like Facebook and Twitter in the car. Using the My BMW Remote app, meanwhile, lets you remotely unlock and lock the car as well as control the auxiliary heating. Finally, information and office services along with travel and leisure planners using the Google Maps and Panoramio services further enhance the individual convenience and comfort of travelling in the new BMW 3-Series Touring.

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