RE: New 3 Series Touring revealed

RE: New 3 Series Touring revealed

Friday 4th October 2019

BMW 3 Series Touring prices confirmed | Update

You'll need £35,505 for the entry-level 320i; the 374hp M340i is £50,055...



BMW has UK confirmed that its new 3 Series Touring costs from Β£35,505 in Britain, where order books for the G21 wagon have now opened. The starting price is for the petrol four-pot 320i, but PHers will likely be more interested in the Β£50,055 required for an M340i xDrive, which uses the manufacturer's 374hp inline six to rival the very slightly more powerful and expensive Mercedes-AMG C43 Estate 4Matic. The M340i's list price means Audi's S4 Avant is the most affordable performance wagon in the segment, although that model's 354hp also makes it the least potent of the trio.

Power outputs aside, BMW reckons its G21 machine will be the driver's choice of the class thanks to the car's wider talents. With the same rigid 3 Series underpinnings, it's claimed to offer the same driver-centric handling characteristics as the well-received saloon, a model that's impressed in almost all variants - even the 320d provided PH with entertainment - so we've high hopes for the G20's bigger-booted sibling. The UK line-up is certainly not short of potential; above that 320i sits a 258hp (and rear-wheel drive) 330i for Β£39,285, while the diesel range is topped by the 265hp 330d, priced from Β£41,465.

Presumably because us Brits love options, BMW's added a UK-only M Sport Plus Edition trim to the line-up, adding to the M Sport Plus package with key features such as Adaptive M Sport suspension, M Sport Braking System and, for the 330i and 330 xDrive, the M Sport Differential. There are also 19-inch wheels and a raft of uniquely finished M Sport bits both inside and out, building on the already plentiful spec list - further details of which we cover in the older story below. If you like the sounds of it all, first deliveries are due later this year.







ORIGINAL STORY - 19/06/19

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 β€œa 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 β€˜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.Β 


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, β€œsets 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 β€œexceptionally 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 β€œlift-related dampers”, which are β€œcontinuously 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 Β£32,455, the Touring range will likely kick off around Β£35k – there’s life in the humble estate just yet!













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Dale487

Original Poster:

1,124 posts

78 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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Shame there's no petrol, manual option (currently) but otherwise I think the estate styling works better than the saloon.

benjidog

13 posts

16 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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Nice rear. Fussy front end.

andrewparker

3,949 posts

142 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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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

2,323 posts

156 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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benjidog said:
Nice rear. Fussy front end.
Came here to say exactly that. Interior a bit meh, as well.

numtumfutunch

3,558 posts

93 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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I like it but the interior needs to step up from the very ordinary F31 we had

Sorry for the BMW fan speak smile

Greg the Fish

956 posts

21 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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Coming to 2mm from your rear bumper soon

anonymous-user

9 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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Greg the Fish said:
Coming to 2mm from your rear bumper soon
A career in comedy surely awaits?

andrewparker

3,949 posts

142 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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Greg the Fish said:
Coming to 2mm from your rear bumper soon
What, like every other premium car brand?

Huskyman

425 posts

82 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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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

215 posts

165 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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I’ve had an F31 335d Touring, it was brilliant.

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

Dapster

3,815 posts

135 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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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

208 posts

54 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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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

1,115 posts

143 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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The rear looks like an X1 IMHO

Dale487

Original Poster:

1,124 posts

78 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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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:

1,124 posts

78 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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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

1,509 posts

117 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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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

623 posts

103 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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Yet another power output for this M40i engine...

C7 JFW

1,080 posts

174 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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I expect this will be exceptional.

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

981C

623 posts

103 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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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

12,024 posts

172 months

Wednesday 12th June 2019
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Harry_523 said:
maybe you should GET OUT THE F***ING WAY then!?!?!?!?
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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.