The new BMW 3-Series Touring features a rear window which can be opened separately from the tailgate but according to the German company, not many customers know about the feature.
For decades, some estate models (and more recently, SUVs too) sold by BMW have allowed customers to open the rear window in order to quickly stow small items without having to open the entire tailgate. However, during a recent interview with Autocar, BMW product manager Stefan Horn said the company had to fight to retain the feature in the latest-generation 3-Series Touring.
“It’s a bit of a hidden thing. We argued we should keep it – but we need customers to know about it, or it will die,” he said.
While the feature isn’t one all BMW customers know about, it’s certainly one which adds some extra convenience to the ownership experience. For example, owners can use the opening rear window as a quicker way to store things in the rear and could also use it to quickly retrieve things.
The new BMW 3-Series Touring was presented last month and 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 trunk can hold 500 liters (17 cubic-feet) worth of items with load capacity increasing to an impressive 1,510 liters (53 cubic-feet) with the second-row of seats folded down.
Depending on the market, customers have a choice between three petrol and three diesel engines for the car. The entry-level petrol model takes the form of the 320i with 184 hp while the diesel range starts with the 318d pumping out a total of 150 hp.