BMW 3 Series Touring set for September launch
Following the arrival of the all-new 3 Series saloon, BMW has taken the covers off the 2019 3 Series Touring – the estate version.
With more boot space and improved dynamic abilities, it’ll also feature a plug-in hybrid option for the first time. Set to hit the market in September, here’s what you need to know.
On the outside, the styling mirrors that of the saloon. It’s very much an evolution of the outgoing model and is instantly recognisable as a BMW. The kidney grille is larger than before, although less imposing than we’ve seen on some recent BMWs.
LED headlights are standard across the range, as are LED tail lights. It’s a larger car than its predecessor too at 4,706mm long – with width and height also marginally more too – although that’s not hugely noticeable from the outside.
In the cabin, you’ll find a new instrument panel that offers a much more modern look along with a redesigned instrument cluster. Displays and buttons for the air conditioning are at the centre of the instrument panel while the light functions are operated via a panel of buttons next to the steering wheel.
Infotainment-wise, it gets BMW’s latest iDrive system with an 8.8 in touchscreen display. This can be upgraded to a 10.3in screen, while BMW’s 12.3in digital cockpit replaces traditional dials on some models.
The system helps the driver, learns their preferences and is familiar with their favoured settings – e.g. for the seat heating or the places they drive to frequently using the navigation system (“Take me home”).
It gets 500 litres of boot space – five more than the outgoing model. This can increase to 1,500 litres with the rear seats folded flat, however, which can be folded in a 40:20:40 arrangement to accommodate luggage and passengers accordingly. All models feature an automatic electric tailgate as standard.
The range of standard and optional interior trim elements available for the instrument panel and centre console is almost entirely new. As well as open-pore fine wood options, customers can choose from a variety of aluminium trims including a new Aluminium “mesh effect” interior trim.
BMW has kitted the 3 Series out with numerous new safety systems too, with automatic emergency braking now standard across the entire range. Adaptive cruise control with stop&go function, steering assist and side collision alert are available for the first time, too.
A range of petrol and diesel engines will be available from launch, with the range kicking off with the four-cylinder 320i producing 183hp. It’ll get from rest to 62mph in 7.6 seconds. A more potent 330i model is also available which produces 256hp, while the range-topping M340i gets a six-cylinder turbo producing 371hp – enough to get it from rest to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds.
Diesels are made up of the 150hp 318d, the 189hp 320d and the 263hp 330d. The 320d can be specified with xDrive all-wheel drive system, while the most potent 330d gets it as standard.
The biggest news, however, is that you’ll be able to get a plug-in hybrid version from July 2020 – the 330e. It uses a turbo petrol engine along with an electric motor to produce 254hp and official economy stats of 122mpg and 52g/km of CO2. Due to the battery packs, we expect the boot will be smaller in this model.
UK prices are to be confirmed, but we’ll bring you more info as soon as we know more. Further details on the 2019 3 Series saloon can be found here.