While BMW didn’t bring the all-new 2020 3-Series Touring to this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the car is still likely to be unveiled sometime this year, giving the Bavarian automaker a technological upper hand in this segment.
According to BMW, the new 3er Touring will be larger, more spacious, more technologically advanced and even more fun to drive compared to its predecessor. It will also feature a completely new rear window line that sweeps upwards toward the C-pillar.
Sporty family car
Sometimes, a little less camo can actually mean a lot. We knew to expect the 3-Series Touring to feature a new rear window line with a different take on the Hofmeister kink ever since we saw those patent images last year in October. However, prototypes were careful to hide that minor detail by using additional tape, until now that is.
Not all cars featured in the gallery below will let you have a glimpse at that – only those spied in Germany, in dry weather conditions.
The overall design language is one that should already be familiar to BMW enthusiasts, seen as how the latest 3-Series has already been with us for a few good months now.
More tech everywhere
The upcoming G21 Touring variant of the new 3-Series will feature the exact same dashboard layout and on-board tech as the 4-door model, so expect an identical infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, trim levels, driver assistance systems and available optional equipment.
Same goes for the engine lineup, where a wide range of petrol and diesel options should be available upon launch. So for European buyers, expect a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot with two stages of tune: 184 PS (181 HP) and 258 PS (254 HP); as well as a six-cylinder one, putting down 387 PS (382 HP). The 2.0-liter diesels will produce 150 PS (148 HP) and 190 PS (187 HP) respectively, while the 3.0-liter one will have 265 PS (261 HP).
According to BMW product manager Stefan Horn, the 3-Series Touring will also get a 252 PS (248 HP) 330e plug-in hybrid version, with an additional 420 Nm (309 lb-ft) of torque. The sedan model will use this hybrid system to run on electric power alone for up to 60 km (37 miles), which means the wagon should be able to replicate that achievement.
It’s not coming to America
While Audi is preparing to return to the wagon market in the U.S.A, BMW has decided to withdraw its 3-Series Touring from its American lineup, with the outgoing model being the last one.