•  328d wagon will go on sale this year
  •  180hp turbodiesel four-cylinder; 280 lb-ft.
  •  No word on pricing, drivetrains

A diesel-powered version of the BMW 3-Series wagon will come to the US later this year. That's the latest from BMW, who says the diesel-powered 328d Sports Wagon will be offered alongside a traditional gas-powered 328i wagon.

According to BMW, the 328d Sports Wagon will offer a turbodiesel four-cylinder that makes 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. No other details have been announced, including whether the wagon will offer all-wheel drive in addition to standard rear-wheel drive. BMW has also not confirmed transmission choices, though the brand announced the upcoming 328d sedan will exceed 40 miles per gallon.

The announcement of a diesel wagon is a surprise to some BMW enthusiasts. That's because no previous 3-Series wagons have ever offered an engine variant aside from the base-level powerplant. It's also surprising because BMW's wagon models are typically not strong sellers in the US. That means the brand may see a possibility to gain buyers by expanding its wagon offerings.

As with other details, the 328d wagon's pricing is also unknown. We expect it to start around $40,000, which places it among the priciest wagons available. Other high-dollar wagons include the A4-based Audi Allroad and the midsize Cadillac CTS. BMW dropped the wagon version of its larger 5-Series after the 2010 model year.

When the 328d wagon does reach dealers, it will be sold alongside BMW's traditional gas-powered 328i wagon. On sale this spring, the upcoming 328i wagon also uses a turbocharged four-cylinder. That engine produces a whopping 60 more horsepower than its diesel counterpart for a total of 240 horses. But its 255 pound-feet of torque is 25 shy of the 328d.

BMW says that 3-Series diesel models will begin production in July. That means they'll probably reach US dealers in the third quarter. We expect to find out more details later this month at the New York Auto Show, when the US-bound 328d sedan is revealed in final form.

What it means to you: With its gas-saving diesel variant, the BMW 3-Series Wagon will appeal even more strongly to wagon lovers.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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