New BMW 3-series Touring revealed to rival Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-class Property
Beginning with the fundamentals, the brand new G21-generation 3-series has a bigger bodyshell, wrapped excessive of the CLAR modular platform that underpins all the pieces from the BMW Z4 proper by way of to the X7 SUV. At 4709mm, the brand new Touring is 76mm longer than the previous-generation F31, however nonetheless sits barely shorter than a present Audi A4 Avant.
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Design-wise, the brand new Touring is equivalent to the saloon from the B-pillar forwards, however the rear is all new, accentuating the property physique’s width resulting from wider and fuller surfacing in and across the new tailgate. The three-series’ separate glass tailgate additionally stays, giving entry to the total boot area in even the tightest of spots.
The remainder of the bundle stays devoted to the saloon, however will introduce additional engine and specification variants to each Touring and saloon fashions. One such variant would be the eagerly awaited M340i – the primary M Efficiency variant of a 3-series, and certainly the primary efficiency model of a 3-series Touring within the mannequin’s lengthy and various historical past. That mannequin will function a 3-litre B58 turbocharged straight-six with 369bhp, paired to an xDrive all-wheel-drive system and eight-speed computerized transmission. It’ll be aimed mainly on the Mercedes-AMG C43 and incoming Audi S4 TDi, the latter choosing up a brand new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain for the primary time.
This era of 3-series Touring can even see the primary Touring plug-in hybrid within the BMW vary, with the incoming 330e to be supplied in each saloon and Touring varieties when it arrives in 2020. For the second, SE, Sport and M Sport trim ranges will probably be accessible on all 320i, 320d, 330i and 330d variants, and topped with a brand new M Sport Plus Version particular to the UK, combining the M Sport’s normal gear checklist with extra options similar to adaptive dampers, M Sport brakes and an M Sport limited-slip differential (the latter on 330i and 330d fashions solely). Three additional BMW Particular person paint finishes will probably be non-obligatory, with a bespoke set of black painted 19-inch alloy wheels finishing the aesthetic overhaul.
The brand new 3-series Touring will probably be revealed later this month, with gross sales kicking off on the finish of September this yr. Though the probability of an M3 Touring nonetheless stays an unlikely proposition, the brand new M340i Touring at the very least makes up for BMW’s historic lack of a efficiency 3-series property past flagship powertrain choices.