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BMW reveals the 3-Series Touring

No real surprises here...

The second offering from BMW today comes in the form of the Touring (estate) version of the latest 3-Series. In all honesty there are no surprises whatsoever with this new model – it’s basically the latest 3er with a bigger bodystyle and that’s it.

The 3-Series Touring always fell short when compared to the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-Class Estate in one area – load volume – which is surely one of the main reasons why you would buy an estate over the equivalent saloon. Well with the latest model BMW answers that problem. The new Touring is 97 mm longer than the old model and 50 mm of that is in the wheelbase. This means the load space with the rear seats up increases by 35 litres to 495 litres which is more than both the rivals mentioned above. With rear seats folded it matches the C-Class with 1500 litres which comfortably beats the A4’s 1430 litres.

At launch the engine options will be one petrol and two diesel. The petrol variant is the 328i powered by the new 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo unit producing 241 bhp and 258 lb/ft of torque. This gives a 0-62 mph time of 6.0sec and a top speed of 155mph. It also returns 41.5mpg and emits 159g/km of CO2.

Diesel lovers get the choice of the 320d or 330d. The 320d will be the big seller in the UK and it’s not hard to see why – 181 bhp and 280 lb/ft of torque combined with 60.1 mpg and 124 g/km of CO2 in a practical bodystyle makes it a hard package to beat as a family car.

The 330d get 255 bhp and an incredible 413 lb/ft of torque from the 3.0 litre twin turbo unit and manages 55 mpg and 135 g/km of CO2.

Early next year more engines will be added to match the saloon range which will include the 316d, 318d, 320i and 330i. There will also be four wheel drive versions for the first time which will really hurt sales of Audi’s A4 with the Quattro system as its USP.

Prices start at £28,600 for the 320d manual, while the 328i petrol will cost from £29,450. The range-topping six-cylinder diesel 330d starts at £33,800.

Images courtesy of BMW

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more