Based on the same platform as the rear-wheel drive 3 Series sedan, the latest 3 Series Touring comes to market lighter, yet bigger with a larger interior and increased carrying capacity.
Armed with more features, more refinement and more competitive pricing, BMW is hoping to attract up to 500 new buyers per annum with the new model range.
The entry point BMW 318d Touring features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine producing 105kW of power and 320Nm of torque. It will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 9.2 seconds and boasts a fuel consumption figure of just 4.7-litres per 100km with CO2 emissions of 123g/km.
The BMW 320i Touring kicks off the petrol range priced from $62,600 and features a 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine developing 135kW and 270Nm of torque.
The result is class-leading acceleration and efficiency with the 320i reaching 100km/h in 7.5 seconds from standstill, whilst using a claimed 6.2L/100km and emitting 145g/km.
Whilst the aforementioned 3 Series Touring models are available from March, the range-topping 328i Touring, priced at from $69,900, won’t arrive in showrooms until around May.
It boasts a more powerful, direct injection version of the same 2.0-litre turbo employed in the 320i Touring, which develops 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque – enough to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just six seconds, whilst consuming 6.5L/100km on a combined cycle.
All new 3 Series Touring models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard, with the 320i and 328i variants gaining steering wheel mounted paddleshifters.
Also standard fitment across the model range are fuel-saving technologies including auto stop/start, brake energy regeneration and Eco Pro driving mode – designed to lower fuel consumption and emissions.
The 3 Series Touring range also shares standard specification levels with its sedan siblings, but adds an electric opening two-part tailgate.
Standard inventory for the 318d include automatic lights and rain sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth phone with music streaming and 16-inch alloy wheels
The 320i petrol variant adds front parking sensors, rear-view camera, sports leather steering wheel, electrically operated seats with memory function, interior lights package and 17-inch alloy wheels.
As the range topper for the 3 Series Touring, the 328i gains additional equipment including interior and exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle and folding function, walnut wood interior trim with Dakota leather upholstery, satellite navigation, upgraded audio system and 17-inch alloy wheels.
As with the 3 Series sedan range, all 3 Series Touring variants are available with any of BMW’s three optional equipment lines and an M Sport package.
The Sport, Luxury and Modern Lines offer buyers different individual features packages that vary the exterior/interior character of the car.
For example, the Sport Line, priced between $2000 to $4900 (depending on the particular variant) features various high-gloss accents – inside and out, together with 17 or 18-inch light alloy wheels in a unique double-spoke design. Additional features include high-gloss black exterior mirrors, black B-pillars and tailpipe.
Inside, there’s contrasting black and red accents, red stitching on the steering wheel and the standard leather seats can be specified in a choice of four colours.
The Luxury line, priced from $4100 to $4900 uses high-gloss chrome accents to add further effect, as well as satin-finish aluminium roof rails, Dakota leather upholstery and unique 17 or 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Modern line is characterised by satin-finish aluminium trim accents, leather upholstery in oyster or black with pearl-effect chrome strips and is priced between $2000 and $4900.
More comprehensive still, is the M Sport package that adds 19-inch M Sport light alloy wheels with split tyre sizes (225/40 – front, 255/35 rear), Anthracite roof liner, M aerodynamics package, M door sill finishers, M leather steering wheel, M sport suspension, sports seats and Dakota leather.
Not surprisingly, it’s also the most expensive optional package, priced at $8900 across the entire 3 Series Touring range.
Cargo space and load flexibility has been boosted in the new 3 Series Touring – the result of an increase of 93mm to the car’s overall length and 50mm added to the wheelbase.
There’s also an additional 35-litre boot capacity (to a benchmark 495-litres) with the rear seatbacks in place – expanding to 1500-litres, when folded.
Also standard across the range is a storage package, which provides additional load flexibility with an adaptive fixing system, storage net in luggage compartment and dividable storage boxes under the cargo bay floor.
Safety features across the BMW 3 Series Touring range include six airbags, active protection package, dynamic braking lights and stability control with anti-locking brakes, brake assistant, cornering brake control and traction control.