Vehicle Profile: 2017 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon
December 2016
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Vehicle Profile: 2017 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon
Sport and utility without the SUV

The 2017 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon delivers on the promise of its name by giving you true sport sedan performance along with far more utility than a sedan. It's available with a choice of high-torque TwinPower Turbo engines for 2017.

Not everyone who needs extra utility wants an SUV. For such drivers, BMW offers the utterly unique 2017 3 Series Sports Wagon.

The 2017 3 Series Sports Wagon hits the sweet spot for performance and utility, and it looks beautiful doing it. BMW made it even more appealing for 2017. The 3 Series Sports Wagon gets an all-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine that adds more power and also changes the model to 330i from 328i. The new engine delivers 248 hp along with 258 lb/ft of torque, the latter coming on full-force at just 1,450 rpm for potent off-the-line acceleration and response.

As an option, BMW offers the 328d xDrive, powered by a high-efficiency TwinPower Turbo diesel engine with 180 hp and 280 lb/ft of torque. A more astonishing number is this model's impressive highway fuel economy. With either choice, you get the performance and efficiency of an eight-speed automatic transmission, along with the added traction and agility of the brand's renowned x Drive all-wheel drive as standard.

Inside, they offer newly available Venetian Beige/ Black SensaTec upholstery, a color scheme that is also available in Dakota Leather with Dark Oyster Highlight. Navigation, available as a standalone option or as part of the Technology Package, gets upgraded to iDrive 5.0 for 2017, and the Enhanced USB and Bluetooth option adds wireless charging and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Let's look at the two sides of the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, starting with the wagon part. You could think of the Sports Wagon as the 3 Series Sedan with a highly versatile backpack, because it combines the sedan's athletic moves with the added utility of 53 cubic feet of hauling space with the rear seatbacks lowered.

Versatility stands out in three ways. First, the seat backs split in a 40/20/40 configuration, rather than the more typical 60/40 setup. That lets you carry two rear seat passengers in the outboard seats and fold the middle "20" to carry long items, such as skis.

The tailgate lets you open the top glass section independently when that's easier than opening the entire tailgate. For greater convenience, the optional Comfort Access feature automatically opens or closes the tailgate when you motion your foot below the rear bumper. You can also open the tailgate via the remote key.

There's a roll-up cargo area cover, and it stores under the floor when you need to remove it to maximize carrying space. The 12v power outlet in the cargo area comes in handy for running an electric air pump.

Finally, you can augment carrying capacity in the 3 Series Sports Wagon by choosing from seven Genuine BMW Accessory Transporter modules, including the Roof Box, Raised Carrier Bars, Kayak Carrier, Touring Cycle and Mountain Bike Holder, Snowboard Holder and even a Windsurfer Carrier. A Racing Cycle holder is designed to handle such specialized bicycles.

Looking at the "sports" side of the 2017 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon, you'll find the same thoroughbred hardware that makes the 3 Series sedan such a joy to drive. The 330i x Drive Sports Wagon will go from zero to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds, which, in the car enthusiast's vernacular, is really hauling. Thanks to the same sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension and 50/50 weight balance as it sedan sibling, the Sports Wagon gives you agility and driving feel that simply belie the vehicle's practicality.

The 3 Series Sports Wagon, like the sedan, also comes equipped with Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ settings that let you tailor the car's responses to your driving mood. The available M Sport Package and M Adaptive Suspension turn up the "sports" quotient further.

BMW luxury includes standard 10-way power front seats and panoramic moonroof and available Dakota leather upholstery in a choice of seven colors. The 3 Series Sports Wagon of course offers a full range of BMW multimedia and connectivity features, as well.

You don't need to be set on a wagon to appreciate all that the 2017 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon offers. Even sedan drivers should take a close look.

This article is presented by New Century BMW in Alhambra, California.

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