World Premiere: 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring
After bringing out the new G20 3 Series Sedan earlier this year, BMW decided to finally bring out the Touring version as well. Don't expect big changes compared to the sedan as that's not how BMW works. Instead we got exactly what we were expecting. This is the sixth generation of Touring 3 Series models and it is already a refined recipe.
32 years ago the BMW 3 Series Touring blazed a trail for a new breed of car. More than 1.7 million examples of the 3 Series Touring have since been built, with the new car’s immediate predecessor alone accounting for over 500,000 of these. The new BMW 3 Series Touring will be unveiled to the public for the first time on 25 – 27 June 2019 as part of the new BMW Group #NEXTGen event at BMW Welt in Munich. It will be produced at BMW Plant Munich for customers in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. The market launch will get underway on 28 September 2019.
Its exterior dimensions have grown compared to its predecessor by 76 millimetres to 4,709 millimetres in length, by 16 mm to 1,827 mm in width and by 8 mm to 1,470 mm in height (incl. roof fin). A wheelbase extended by 41 mm to 2,851 mm and wide tracks contribute to the car’s dynamics. As on the new BMW 3 Series Sedan, the design of the front end – with its large BMW kidney grille, slim twin headlights and an elaborately jutting front apron – accentuates the car’s powerful stance. Full-LED headlights are fitted as standard on the new BMW 3 Series Touring, while LED headlights with extended features, Adaptive LED headlights with BMW Laserlight for non-dazzling high beam with a range of around 530 metres and LED front foglamps are available as options.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring comes as standard with automatic tailgate operation. The Comfort Access option allows hands-free opening and closing, too. The rear window opens separately, as will be familiar to BMW customers, and its aperture is 20 millimetres wider than on the outgoing model. Packing in large and heavy items of luggage will now be easier thanks to a load compartment that is up to 112 millimetres wider, a 30-millimetre higher loading aperture that is up to 125 mm wider in its upper section, a slightly lower loading sill (at 616 mm) and a reduction in height in the step between it and the boot floor from 35 mm to 8 mm. There is the additional option of a trailer coupling that extends and retracts again electrically.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring’s boot can hold 500 litres of gear – five litres more than its predecessor – when all the seats are occupied, and directly usable primary load capacity is up by 32 litres. Load capacity can be increased to a maximum of 1,510 litres by flipping down the sections of the 40 : 20 : 40 split-folding rear backrest. The backrest elements can also be released from the boot at the push of a button as an option. The corresponding array of buttons can be found in a newly designed control panel on the right side of the boot. The luggage compartment cover and the boot partition net can be transported in specially designed compartments underneath the boot floor. The optional anti-slip rails integrated into the boot floor, meanwhile, are a new feature not found on any of the new BMW 3 Series Touring’s competitors. The rails automatically extend when the tailgate is closed and prevent cargo from sliding around during the journey.
Three petrol engines and three diesel units will be available from the launch of the new BMW 3 Series Touring or a few weeks later. The BMW M340i xDrive Touring sets out its stall in particularly emphatic fashion thanks to its class-beating driving dynamics courtesy of its 374 hp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine. The line-up also includes a pair of four-cylinder petrol engines with 184 hp in the BMW 320i Touring and 258 hp in the BMW 330i, a 265 hp six-cylinder in-line diesel engine in the BMW 330d xDrive Touring and two four-cylinder diesels – with 150 hp in the BMW 318d Touring and 190 hp in the BMW 320d Touring.
The four-cylinder diesel units powering the BMW 318d Touring and BMW 320d Touring come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox or with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as an option (standard on all other model variants). Intelligent all-wheel drive – which optimises distribution of drive power – is standard in the most powerful petrol and diesel models and available as an option for the BMW 330i xDrive Touring and BMW 320d xDrive Touring. All model variants meet the Euro 6d-TEMP exhaust emissions standard. In 2020 a BMW 3 Series Touring model with plug-in hybrid drive system will be added to the range for the first time.