RE: New 3 Series Touring revealed

RE: New 3 Series Touring revealed

Wednesday 12th June

New 3 Series Touring revealed

If the latest raft of BMW SUVs doesn't appeal, then the traditional family estate arguably looks more appealing than ever



While never the world’s most practical estate, the BMW 3 Series Touring has appealed to buyers for more than 30 years now with its combination of style, space, dynamism and performance. More commodious wagons have been on offer, but none of those have been as good to drive. With a promise of “a noticeable increase in driving pleasure and optimised functionality”, the familiar 3 Series Touring traits are set to carry on in this latest generation.

Now a ‘G21’ model, this 3 Touring will be unveiled to the world later this month at the BMW Group #NEXTGen expo. Compared to the previous F31 Touring, this car is 76mm longer, 16mm wider and 8mm taller; wider tracks and a 41mm extension in the wheelbase should benefit stability, passenger space and handling. As for the important estate numbers, this Touring can carry 500 litres of stuff with the seats up – five more than before – which extends to 1,510 with the 40:20:40 seats folded. The opening rear window’s aperture has grown by 20mm, the load compartment is 112mm wider and the load sill isn’t as high as before. Options on the practicality front include button operated backrest release, anti-slip rails and storage solutions for the luggage compartment cover and boot partition net. 


Good, that’s out the way – time to talk engines. The Touring will mirror the 3 Series saloon’s powertrain line up from launch, topped by the 374hp 340ixDrive which, BMW says, “sets out its stall in particularly emphatic fashion thanks to its class-beating driving dynamics”. Buyers will also be offered a 320i, 330i, 318d, 320d and 330d xDrive. A plug-in hybrid will follow in 2020.

There are some interesting chassis tweaks implemented for the Touring; with the 3 Series saloon having been received so well already, BMW will also be keen for the estate to excel dynamically. Indeed, this car is claimed to deliver “exceptionally precise handling and a persuasively comfortable ride… the result of a rigorously driving pleasure-led development process”. Highlights including a reduction in kerbweight, a 25 per cent increase in torsional rigidity and stiffer chassis mountings bode well; the Touring also gets “lift-related dampers”, which are “continuously variable and adjust the damper firmness progressively according to the changing spring travel”. Options include both passive and adaptive M Sport suspension, variable sport steering, M sport brakes and an M Sport differential.

Beyond that it’s standard 3 Series fare, with the usual raft of driving assistance features, trim levels and gearbox choices, plus the latest BMW Operating System 7.0. At present, there are only images and specs available for European market cars; expect the UK equivalents soon and deliveries not long after. With a 318d SE saloon retailing at £32,455, the Touring range will likely kick off around £35k – there’s life in the humble estate just yet!











Author
Discussion

Dale487

Original Poster:

958 posts

65 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Shame there's no petrol, manual option (currently) but otherwise I think the estate styling works better than the saloon.

benjidog

3 posts

3 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Nice rear. Fussy front end.

andrewparker

3,527 posts

129 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Can't help but feel disappointed in the execution of the Touring version as I've had it down as a potential purchase in the near future. From some angles it looks really dumpy.

Turbobanana

1,363 posts

143 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
benjidog said:
Nice rear. Fussy front end.
Came here to say exactly that. Interior a bit meh, as well.

numtumfutunch

3,148 posts

80 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
I like it but the interior needs to step up from the very ordinary F31 we had

Sorry for the BMW fan speak smile
Advertisement

Greg the Fish

540 posts

8 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Coming to 2mm from your rear bumper soon

yonex

14,291 posts

110 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Greg the Fish said:
Coming to 2mm from your rear bumper soon
A career in comedy surely awaits?

andrewparker

3,527 posts

129 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Greg the Fish said:
Coming to 2mm from your rear bumper soon
What, like every other premium car brand?

Huskyman

337 posts

69 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
I didn’t think the F31 335d I had for a few weeks was a bad steer, so if this is better then I’m interested. I find my F11 a bit of a squeeze in some car parks so if I might be looking at one of these soon.

9k rpm

121 posts

152 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
I’ve had an F31 335d Touring, it was brilliant.

M340i xdrive Touring.......... cloud9

Dapster

3,075 posts

122 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
I really like the look of this and a lightly used 340i would be in my sights later this year. It's a shame there is no delete option on digi dash - a core element of the BMW brand is surely the faultless graphics on the analogue clocks, and have been for the past 45 years. Given how good the digi dash look on Audi and Porsche products for example, why have BMW nicked their design and colours from a 1984 Binatone midi system?

Harry_523

123 posts

41 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Greg the Fish said:
Coming to 2mm from your rear bumper soon
maybe you should GET OUT THE F***ING WAY then!?!?!?!?


The auto/manual debate is a bit moot in estates, only need to look in the classifieds to see how few people bought. I was a die hard manual fan but stopped caring about a week into big auto estate ownership.

Only offering 4wd on the M340i is much more a shame to me however, lets hope Xdrive + MSport diff still does RWD things. As it stands the most powerful RWD 3 and 5 you can get are the 30d models which is a bit disappointing.

maccas99

840 posts

130 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
The rear looks like an X1 IMHO

Dale487

Original Poster:

958 posts

65 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Dapster said:
I really like the look of this and a lightly used 340i would be in my sights later this year. It's a shame there is no delete option on digi dash - a core element of the BMW brand is surely the faultless graphics on the analogue clocks, and have been for the past 45 years. Given how good the digi dash look on Audi and Porsche products for example, why have BMW nicked their design and colours from a 1984 Binatone midi system?
I'm with you on the digital dials - but I'm not even a fan of them at all, the only car I've liked them on is the TT - give me nice analogue dials any day.

Dale487

Original Poster:

958 posts

65 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Harry_523 said:
Greg the Fish said:
Coming to 2mm from your rear bumper soon
maybe you should GET OUT THE F***ING WAY then!?!?!?!?


The auto/manual debate is a bit moot in estates, only need to look in the classifieds to see how few people bought. I was a die hard manual fan but stopped caring about a week into big auto estate ownership.

Only offering 4wd on the M340i is much more a shame to me however, lets hope Xdrive + MSport diff still does RWD things. As it stands the most powerful RWD 3 and 5 you can get are the 30d models which is a bit disappointing.
There's no manual petrol option for the saloon either.

Rumblestripe

1,123 posts

104 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Head of Marketing walks into BMW design studio and gently wakes one of the dozing staff. "We need a 'Touring' version of the 3 series". The Designer stretches and reaches for the brochure, picks up a "Sharpie" and draws a box on the side elevation. "There you go". "Thanks!" HoM exits quietly switching off the lights....

981C

617 posts

90 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Yet another power output for this M40i engine...

C7 JFW

987 posts

161 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
I expect this will be exceptional.

Wouldn't mind one of these in a good colour.

981C

617 posts

90 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Harry_523 said:
maybe you should GET OUT THE F***ING WAY then!?!?!?!?


The auto/manual debate is a bit moot in estates, only need to look in the classifieds to see how few people bought. I was a die hard manual fan but stopped caring about a week into big auto estate ownership.

Only offering 4wd on the M340i is much more a shame to me however, lets hope Xdrive + MSport diff still does RWD things. As it stands the most powerful RWD 3 and 5 you can get are the 30d models which is a bit disappointing.
340d will come out eventually, and it will likely have 360PS to best Audi and Merc.

nickfrog

9,736 posts

159 months

Wednesday
quotequote all
Harry_523 said:
maybe you should GET OUT THE F***ING WAY then!?!?!?!?
.
My thoughts too. Endemic lack of basic lane discipline is a far greater and widespread issue.

Driving too close has nothing rto do with the choice of car.