Just hours after leaked photos of the 2020 BMW 3-Series Touring surfaced online, the car has been officially presented by the car manufacturer.
The new 3-Series Touring is slightly larger than its predecessor, measuring 4709 mm (185 inches) in length, 1827 mm (72 inches) in width and 1470 mm (57.8 inches) in height. The wheelbase has also been extended by 41 mm to 2851 mm (112 inches). Much like the sedan, the new 3-Series Touring adopts a sharp front end with aggressive headlights, large kidney grilles and horizontal T-shaped front air intakes in the Sport Line and Luxury Line models. Roof rails also come standard.
Inside, the new car includes a newly-designed leather sports steering wheel as standard. Occupants in the new 3-Series Touring will be welcomed with additional shoulder room in the front, improved headroom for all passengers and greater legroom for those in the rear. Other important features of the car include an automatic tailgate and a load compartment which is 112 mm wider than the previous model. All up, the trunk can hold 500 liters (17 cubic-foot) of stuff, 5 liters (0.17 cubic-foot) more than its predecessor. Load capacity increases to 1510 liters (53 cubic-foot) with the second-row of seats folded down.
Three petrol and three diesel units will be available for the 3-Series Touring range although not all markets will receive each one of these powertrains.
The petrol range kicks off with two four-cylinder units, starting with the 320i Touring with 184 hp and going up in power to 258 hp in the BMW 330i Touring. Sitting at the top of the petrol range is a six-cylinder with 374 hp found in the BMW M340i xDrive Touring. In terms of diesels, there are two four-cylinder units fitted into the 318d Touring and 320d Touring with 150 hp and 190 hp respectively. The range-topping six-cylinder diesel is found in the 330d xDrive Touring and pumps out 265 hp.
The aforementioned four-cylinder diesel models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission but can be optioned with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. All other 3-Series Touring models come standard with this eight-speed.
The German automaker says the new 3-Series Touring will be much sportier than its predecessor, thanks in part to its low center of gravity and perfect 50-50 weight distribution. The rigidity of the car’s body is up by around 25 per cent, new lift-related dampers come standard, and customers can opt M Sport suspension which drops the ride height by 10 mm. Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers are also available as are M Sport brakes with four-piston calipers at the front axle.
Trim levels available for the car consist of the Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line, and M Sport variants. The vehicle will be sold in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand and launch on September 28.