BMW will launch the 3 Series Touring with a single engine in Australia, revealing pricing and specs for the 330i Touring ahead of its arrival in October.
Where the sedan is available in four-cylinder diesel 320d guise (soon to be joined by plug-in hybrid and six-cylinder variants in September) the more practical (but lower-volume) wagon will only be offered with the most popular 3 Series engine.
The 330i is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 190kW and 400Nm, sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. It'll hit 100km/h in 5.9 seconds from standstill.
Locally, the M Sport package will be standard, bringing with it an M Leather steering wheel, a darker headliner, an M bodykit, blacked-out exterior trim, 19-inch alloy wheels, and an adaptive M suspension system.
Buyers will be able to sub that for the Luxury Line, which swaps the sporty add-ons for bits like wooden interior trim, aluminium roof rails, and a different alloy wheel design.
Standard kit across both model lines is a 10-speaker sound system, adaptive LED headlights, and the driving assistant professional package with lane departure warning, autonomous emergency braking, and parking assist. Keyless entry and start, and wireless phone charging are both included as well.
Pricing will start at $73,900 before on-road costs, a $3000 impost over the sedan. Volvo charges $2000 more for the V60 than the S60 sedan, while the Audi A4 Avant is $3000 more expensive than the equivalent sedan.
You'd be hard-pressed to tell the Touring from the sedan inside. That means it gets a BMW OS7.0 infotainment, with a digital instrument binnacle and voice activation. A panoramic glass sunroof, three-zone climate control, a Harmon/Kardon surround sound system, ambient lighting and acoustic glass in the windows are all on the options list.
There's 500L of luggage space with the rear seats in place and 1610L with them folded, and the boot lid is electric as standard. The rear bench folds 40/20/40, and the rear window opens separately to the tailgate, for when you just want to slip a few items in.
With a 50/50 weight distribution, 41mm longer wheelbase and wider track front (+43mm) and rear (+21mm), along with the sedan's clever lift-related dampers, BMW says the new Touring will be a more comfortable, sharper-handling proposition than the model it replaces.
2019 BMW 3 Series Touring pricing
- 330i Touring - $73,900
All prices exclude on-road costs