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Now in its sixth generation, the new 3 Series Touring continues to combine sportiness and versatility in a way only a BMW wagon can.
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In Germany three petrol and three diesel engines will be offered at first, with ‘sporty’ M340i xDrive model topping the range. If you’re a BMW purist, you might want to look away at this point, because two of the three engines in each variety will be four-cylinder units. If you’re keen to keep your BMWs in six-cylinder flavour, the petrol one will put out 369 bhp, while the diesel will deliver 261 bhp.
A plug-in hybrid option will also be available, marking the first time the 3 Series Touring has been offered with an electrified drivetrain. The hybrid 3 Series Touring will arrive in the summer of 2020.
As well as the upcoming hybrid version and the colour chosen for these press shots, also helping the new 3 Series Touring’s green credentials is its efficiency. BMW says that the car’s drag coefficient
compared to the old car has been reduced from 0.29 to 0.27.
In standard form the new 3 Series Touring already has a strong whiff of sportiness about it – we’ve said it, and BMW has said it, too – but a range of M Sport performance addons will also be available, including adaptive sports suspension with vehicle lowering capabilities, Variable Sport Steering, and an M Sport electronic brake system. There will also be a regulated M Sport differential; it may well be the perfect car for track days if you want to take your kids and your dog along, too.
If you’re in the market for an estate track days probably won’t be at the forefront of your mind, so how about boot space? Well, all-in-all you’re looking at 1510 litres of space in the back with all of the seats down. Regular luggage compartment space is around 500 litres, depending on the configuration.
A whole host of safety kit is on offer as well, with front collision warning and braking intervention, and lane departure warning now standard across the range. Available optionally is adaptive cruise control; steering assist to help you through tight spaces; a cross traffic warning system, and a heads up display with a 70 percent improved projection field.
There’s also Parking Assistant and Parking Assistant Plus with automated longitudinal and lateral guidance, reversing assistant, Park Distance Control, and a rear view camera with 360 degrees of vision.
The camera’s view is projected onto an improved cockpit screen, with is now 8.8 inches instead of 6.5 – the instrument cluster screen has also been expanded from 2.7 to 5.7 inches. The car operates version 7.0 of BMW’s own operating system, which incorporated the famed iDrive system, voice and gesture control. You can even assign the car a specific name.
The car will first be shown in the metal at BMW’s upcoming #NEXTGen event, which take place later this month, with deliveries set to start in November. UK prices will be announced at a later date.