Its development will take about two years.
A few weeks ago, we reported the rumour that BMW would develop an M3 Touring model – an estate version of the M3 saloon. It'd be a first, too, but the rumour wasn't all good news. The M3 estate allegedly wouldn't arrive for two years. A few days later, BMW teased the new model while confirming it was in the early stages of a two-year development process. Today, a new video from the automaker shows the estate in motion. Why do you tease us, BMW?
This is our first full look at the long-roofed M3, though there aren't many surprises. Camouflage covers every body panel; however, it can't hide the 3 Series Touring's shape. Between the wheels, it looks like the standard 2020 3 Series estate BMW offers. It's the front and rear fascias that differ. The estate sports the larger kidney grille seen on the M3 and M4. Flanking that appears to be a wide-open lower bumper and thin intakes pushed to the edges.
It's difficult to see the rear as the vehicle pulls away from the BMW M property, but it looks like your standard 3 Series taillights, only now they flank a hatch instead of a boot. The aggressive rear bumper and quad exhaust are barely visible. Another noticeable difference between the standard estate and the M version is the lowered ride height, the wheels tucked under the arches. BMW doesn't offer the 3 Series Touring in the US, and we don't expect it to offer the hotter M version here either.
This is what we know:
- BMW M3 Estate might happen after all, but not anytime soon
- BMW M3 Touring estate, a first, teased on Instagram
BMW has stated its "M TwinPower turbo engine beneath the bonnet has been set," so we expect to see the automaker's twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six in the M3 Touring. We don't know its output, but the M3 saloon we'll see next month could preview what to expect. The sedan will feature a 460-bhp (343-kilowatt) Pure model, a 480-bhp (357-kW) standard offering, and the 510-bhp (380-kW) Competition model. With BMW in the early stages of the car’s development process, those numbers could change.
Source: BMW M / Instagram