BMW may finally produce a competitor to the RS4 and C63 wagons.
The next-generation BMW M3 will reportedly be offered as both a sedan and a wagon.
Sources have told Autocar the Bavarian automaker is seriously considering launching an M3 Touring model as part of the next-generation range.
As with the upcoming M3 sedan, which was spied earlier this month, the M3 wagon should feature pumped up front and rear wheel arches, lowered suspension, retuned handling, sportier styling and, of course, more power if it gets approved.
Although nothing has been confirmed at this stage, it is widely expected the new M3 will once again be powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six engine.
The current M3 has a maximum of 338kW/600Nm at its disposal in the range-topping CS trim. By way of comparison, the C63 S has a 375kW/700Nm bi-turbo V8, while the twin-turbo V6 in the Audi RS4 makes 331kW/600Nm.
Both of these competitors, it should be noted, have long been available as wagons. Reports indicate the new M3 will be available with both automatic and manual transmissions, at least in some markets.
According to the British magazine, adding a wagon variant to the next-generation M3 line should be relatively inexpensive to develop, and will be targeted at the European market.
BMW is hard at work fleshing it out its 3 Series range, with the regular wagon variant likely breaking cover early in 2019. This will be followed by a 4 Series coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe five-door hatch.
The company is said to be dropping the oddball high-riding 3 Series GT hatch from the next-generation range.