It might be a little late for the forthcoming inclement weather but customers in the UK from March 2013 will be able to order the 3-Series Touring with all-wheel drive or as BMW prefer xDrive.
The range starts with the £29,030 BMW 320i xDrive Touring which is powered by 184 hp petrol / 270 Nm which manual guise is capable of 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds with a top speed of 140 mph. BMW quotes the official combined fuel cycle as 40.9 mpg with a CO2 emissions rating of 160 g/km.
The entry-level diesel model which is set to be the best seller is the BMW 320d xDrive Touring which costs £31,330 (a premium of £1,420 over the equivalent saloon). Power comes from 184 hp unit which delivers 380 Nm of torque. The manual will 0-62 mph in 7.8 seconds with as top speed of 142 mph. Where it gains over the petrol model is on fuel front, officially recording 55.4 mpg an improvement of 14.5 mpg with lower CO2 emissions of 133 g/km.
Both the BMW 320d and 320i xDrive Touring come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or an eight-speed automatic as an option.
The 258hp BMW 330d xDrive Touring is top of the engine line-up and costs from £36,545. It is capable of an electronically limited 155 mph with 0-62 mph coming up in a reasonable 5.4 seconds via its eight-speed automatic gearbox. The official combined cycle is 52.3 and CO2 emissions are rated at 142 g/km.Published 16 January 2013