Those with a penchant for utility will be delighted with the arrival of new 3 Series Touring.
The Touring has a class-leading load capacity beating the C-Class Estate by 10 litres and A4 Avant by 5 litres. Things get even more practical when the seats fold away and the Touring’s load capacity swells to 1500 litres.
The cabin – as expected – is a copy-and-paste affair from the 3 Series sedan. This means the same level of comfort, refinement and luxury. BMW says the new 3 Series Touring is 97mm longer, and 50mm longer in the wheelbase than its predecessor, which equates to roughly 17mm extra knee room and 9mm more headroom in the back.
For now three engine configurations are available: 328i, 320d and 330d. The 330d is the most exiting model delivering a combination of performance and fuel/environmental efficiency. The big ‘d’ will generate 190kW and 560Nm which is good enough for a 5.6 second zero to 100kph dash. The top speed is electronically limited to 250kph while emissions and fuel consumption come in at 135g/km and 4.2l/100km respectively.
The 3 Series Touring can also be personalised in a broad range of options featuring the new Sport, Modern and Luxury, and topped by the M Sport variants.
As standard equipment the new 3 Series Touring receives an electrically powered boot, controlled either via the key fob, a switch on the A-pillar or a button on the boot itself. It also receives a split rear boot opening with the upper glass area able to open independently of the overall unit. Other options include aluminium roof rails, a panoramic glass sunroof and a tow bar.
The 3 Series Touring is due for release in Europe come September with no units allocated for South Africa. However, BMW SA hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing the Touring at a later stage.