2013 BMW 3-Series Touring Interior. The cockpit’s clear driver focus ensures that all the key functions are as easy as possible to lay a hand or finger on. Extremely clear circular instruments with a Black Panel display and the freestanding iDrive monitor in cutting-edge flatscreen design enhance the air of functional elegance. The iDrive Controller, within easy reach on the centre console, and the armrest – with optional fore/aft adjustment and folding function – between the front seats round off on an exceptionally high level of user-friendliness and luxury. High-quality material combinations and unbeatable build quality shape the premium ambience inside the new BMW 3-Series Touring. A large number of colour and upholstery variants offer scope for a broad spectrum of combinations, and all the trim surfaces can be combined in their basic configuration with a choice of one fabric and two leather shades. As well as the basic trim level, customers also have a choice of three other equipment lines and an M Sport package with which to tailor the appearance of the car to their own tastes. The Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line embody different takes on the car’s character.
By features such as M door sill finishers, the new-design M leather steering wheel, an M driver’s footrest and an M Shortshifter (in models with a manual gearbox). The driver and front passenger can settle into Hexagon Anthracite cloth/Alcantara sports seats with royal blue contrast stitching offered exclusively as part of the M Sport package. Trim elements in Aluminium Hexagon with accent strips in either Estoril Blue matt or high-gloss Black round off the interior. Technical features of the M Sport package include M Sport suspension and the optional M Sport brakes with contrasting blue paint finish.
2013 BMW 3-Series Touring Exterior. The Sport Line adds extra depth to the dynamic repertoire of the BMW 3-Series Touring with a selection of eye-catching exterior features in high-gloss black. Eight black kidney grille slats in a chrome-coloured surround lend the front end a particularly sporty and alert look. The black inserts in the front apron draw extra attention to the air intakes and wheel arches. 17 or 18-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design (18-inch items are bicolour) provide an additional dose of sportiness, while free optional high-gloss black exterior mirrors and matching paintwork for the B-pillars add further design flourishes. The exhaust tailpipe embellisher, also in black-chrome, adds the finishing touch to the sporty exterior design. Once inside, contrasting black and red accents lend a sporty and exclusive flavour to proceedings. Red trim rings, red scales in the circular dials, red stitching on the sports steering wheel and a base trim strip in high-gloss black with coral red accent strips all underline the sporting ambience of the cockpit. The standard sports seats can be specified in a choice of three upholstery variants and four colours.
Discreet high-gloss chrome touches lend the exterior of the BMW 3-Series Touring a particularly elegant and exclusive appeal. The front end stands out with its 11 chrome kidney grille slats, for example. And two slightly offset chrome trim strips in the front apron air intakes and a high-gloss chrome trim strip running horizontally above the air scoop add further attractive touches. In contrast to the Sport Line, the window frames and weather strip are trimmed in chrome. Special 17 or 18-inch light-alloy wheels in multi-spoke design accentuate the stylishness of the Luxury Line. From the rear, this take on the Touring can be identified by an exquisite, high-gloss chrome trim strip above the rear apron and a chrome tailpipe embellisher.
Exterior trim elements in satin-finish aluminium underline the forward-looking aesthetic of the Modern Line, while the BMW kidney grille with 11 slats and the double trim strips in satin-finish aluminium for the air intakes continue the theme. Elsewhere, 17 or 18-inch turbine-style light-alloy wheels lend a fresh angle to the exterior design of the BMW 3-Series Touring. The light-coloured dashboard and a steering wheel in dark oyster create a very special ambience. Leather upholstery or cloth-leather combinations in oyster or black and a choice of four trim surfaces with accent strips in pearl-effect chrome ensure an appealing interplay between materials. The optional unique three-dimensional structure for the surface of the wood, meanwhile, lays on a whole new feast for the fingertips. The oyster-coloured ignition key for Modern Line versions of the new BMW 3-Series Touring comes with matt silver detailing.
The most prominent design feature remains the BMW kidney grille. Here, the defined contour lines of the bonnet converge and give the front end an even lower and more dynamic appearance.
2013 BMW 3-Series Touring Engines and Transmissions. 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.
The new BMW 320d Touring’s average fuel consumption of 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres (60.1 mpg) in the EU test cycle and CO2 emissions of 124 grams per kilometre better the figures of its equally powerful predecessor by 2 per cent. And its advantage grows further still when the new eight-speed automatic transmission is specified: fuel economy remains the same at 4.6 l/100 km (61.4 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 122 g/km represent an improvement of 10 per cent, allowing the new BMW 320d Touring to defend its position as a powerful and efficient performer fitted with one of the cleanest and most economical diesel engines available.
The sporty six-speed manual gearboxes offer easy, precise shifting action and optimal ratio spacing. The transmission in the BMW 320d Touring comes with dry sump lubrication for significantly enhanced efficiency along with improved shifting quality thanks to reduced drag losses, while the application of innovative carbon friction linings in the synchromesh units also makes for more comfortable shifting. The transmission gearing in the new BMW 328i Touring is optimally adjusted to the performance characteristics of the turbo engine, and the ratio spacing allows for powerful sprinting performance and fast mid-range acceleration while also reducing fuel consumption.