We’ve seen countless spy photos of the 2019 BMW 3-Series Sedan but now we’re getting our first glimpse at the Touring variant.
Looking like a shrunken down 5-Series Touring, the wagon has a wide grille which is flanked by slender headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. The rest of the front is heavily camouflaged but we can see a sculpted hood and a large lower air intake.
While the front of the car carries over from the sedan, bigger changes occur aft of the A-pillar. As before, the wagon has a long sloping roof with rails on either side. The model also features an upward sweeping beltline and a more subtle Hofmeister kink.
The camouflage hides much of the bodywork but it appears the model will have softer curves and pronounced wheel arches. There are also evolutionary taillights, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a dual exhaust system.
The cabin should echo the sedan and this means we can expect a sportier steering wheel and a new digital instrument cluster. There should also be a larger infotainment system as well as new switchgear which is shared with the 2019 X5.
There have been countless rumors about what will power the upcoming 3-Series but we can expect a number of three-, four- and six-cylinder engines in petrol and diesel guise. Outputs remain unconfirmed but reports have suggested the mainstream engines could produce between 136 PS (100 kW / 134 hp) and 268 PS (197 kW / 265 hp).
A bigger question is whether or not the Touring variant will share additional powertrains with the sedan. The latter model is expected to be offered with two plug-in hybrid options that can travel up to 50 km (31 miles) on electricity alone.
An M3 Touring seems doubtful but its possible BMW could offer M340i variant. It could use a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine with up to 385 PS (283 kW / 380 hp).