BMW has taken the wraps off the Touring version of the new generation 3 Series. As with the Sedan, the Wagon/Estate has grown in dimensions.
Speaking of which, the length compared to its predecessor is up by 76 mm to 4709 mm, width up by 16 mm to 1827 mm and height is up by 8 mm to 1470 mm (including roof fin). The wheelbase of 2851 mm too (+41 mm) is identical to the Sedan. LED headlamps, roof rails, and LED tail lamps are standard, while the buyers can go for adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight technology.
The roof rails come as standard in Black; these can be ordered in satin aluminium or BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line. A new addition to the exterior color palette is Blue Ridge Mountain. BMW Individual finishes Dravite Grey metallic, Tanzanite Blue metallic, Citrine Black metallic, Oxide Grey metallic, Brilliant White metallic and Frozen Dark Grey metallic are also available.
Options list also includes LED front fog lamps. All Touring models come with 17-inch light-alloy wheels as standard – with the exception of M340i xDrive, which rides on 18-inch M light-alloy wheels and mixed-size tyres. 18-inch and 19-inch light-alloy wheels are optionally available as well, with mixed-size tyres.
The BMW Live Cockpit is fitted as standard and comes with 8.8-inch touchscreen and a 5.7-inch colour display in the instrument cluster. The optional Live Cockpit Plus adds features such as a Touch Controller, navigation system, two USB ports for data transfer, Apple CarPlay preparation and a WiFi interface. The one you see in the photos here is the Live Cockpit Professional which is a combination of 10.25-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch high-resolution instrument cluster.
This equipment package also features an adaptive navigation system and a hard-drive-based multimedia system with 32 GB of memory.
More options include Head-Up Display with 70 percent larger projection area, Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function, and Driving Assistant Professional which is a package of more assistance systems including Emergency Stop Assistant, and lane keeping assistant. Cruise Control with braking function is standard.
The new 3 Series Touring’s boot can hold 500 litres of stuff – 5 litres more than its predecessor – when all the seats are occupied. The capacity goes up to a maximum of 1,510 litres by flipping down the 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest. Those anti-slip rails integrated into the boot floor are optional. The rails automatically extend when the tailgate is closed and prevent cargo from sliding around during the journey.
The boot is up to 112 mm wider than on the predecessor model, and its loading aperture is 30 mm higher and up to 125 mm wider in its upper section, while the loading sill is slightly lower (at 616 mm), and the step between it and the boot floor has been reduced in height from 35 mm to 8 mm, BMW said. The backrests can also be operated from the boot at the push of a button as an option. The electrically activated folding function is part of the load compartment package, which also includes the aforementioned anti-slip rails.
The rear window opens separately, which can also be operated using the remote control. According to BMW, its aperture is 20 mm wider than on the outgoing model.
As with the Sedan, the weight distribution in the Touring is claimed to be 50:50. Body rigidity is up by 25 percent and up to 50 percent in some areas.
Lift-related dampers which made their debut in the new Sedan is standard here too. They’re claimed to reduce body movement perceptibly when ironing out vibrations caused by bumpy road surfaces and dynamic cornering. The system brings extra hydraulic damping at the front axle and a compression limiting system to the rear. It is continuously variable and adjusts the damper firmness progressively according to the changing spring travel. This prevents excessive body dive over large bumps and so avoids uncomfortable, fidgety damping response, BMW said.
The optional M Sport suspension features additional body struts, firmer springs and anti-roll bars, and an even higher degree of wheel camber. During fast compression and rebound, the damping forces are claimed to be around 20 percent greater than the values with the standard suspension. The optional suspension also lowers the ride height by 10 mm. Another option is Adaptive M suspension which combines the characteristics of M Sport suspension with electronically controlled dampers.
At launch, there’ll be 320i Touring (2.0L), 330i Touring (2.0L), 330i xDrive Touring (2.0L), M340i xDrive Touring (3.0L), 318d Touring (2.0L), 320d Touring (2.0L), 320d xDrive Touring (2.0L), and 330d xDrive Touring (3.0L) variants. However, their availability may vary depending on the market.
The entry-level petrol engine is a 1998 cc 4-cylinder unit that offers 184 hp at 5000 – 6000 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 1350 – 4000 rpm, paired to the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. The 2998 cc in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine offers 374 hp at 5500 – 6500 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 1800 – 5000 rpm, also paired to the 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
On the diesel side, the entry-level is a 1995 cc 4-cylinder engine, producing 150 hp at 4000 rpm and 320 Nm of torque at 1500 – 3000 rpm, paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. There’s also a 2993 cc in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine that offers 265 hp at 4000 rpm and 580 Nm of torque at 1,600 – 3,000 rpm, paired to the 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
The 3.0L in-line 6-cylinder petrol variant can sprint from 0 – 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (limited).