The upcoming BMW 3 Series Touring has been snapped for the first time, carrying styling borrowed from its bigger siblings under its pre-production camouflage.
Although the requisite zebra-coloured camouflage has been applied to most of the car, we can still make out a few details about the load-lugging 3 Series. Its bumper appears close to production spec, as do the headlights, which mirror the design of the larger 5 Series. The grille isn't nearly as big as we'd feared – maybe the new X5 was just an aberration?
Down back, the slim tail-lights appear to be a combination of what we've seen on the new X4 and the larger 5 Series Touring. They're slimmer than before, with a 3D look to the lenses. With dual exhaust pipes and a slim, diffuser-style bumper hiding under the camo, the car pictured here looks like a high-spec model.
Inside, previous spy photos have revealed the 3 Series will run with a much more modern interior than the current car. It'll should get the latest infotainment system – BMW OS7.0 – and digital instruments, along with a similar centre console to the new X5 and 8 Series.
The car will ride on BMW's CLAR platform, which relies on high-strength steel and other lightweight materials to make the car lighter and stiffer than the one it replaces. Power will likely come from a range of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines to start with, although a turbocharged three-cylinder is also on the table.
Expect to see a plug-in hybrid at some point in the car's life, too. There's no word on when the new 3 Series will make its debut, but we'd suggest it could surface before the end of 2018 ahead of a 2019 market launch.