New BMW 3 Series Touring to be unveiled this month – PHEV coming in 2020

Jun 17, 2019   Vehicle Launch

The latest generation of the sports estate car is said to combine the core attributes of the BMW 3 Series range with generous levels of onboard space and a highly flexible interior.

Introduced 32 years ago, the BMW 3 Series Touring has been a winner in the premium estate car segment; 1.7 million examples of the 3 Series Touring have since been built, with the new car’s immediate predecessor alone accounting for over 500,000 of these. The new BMW 3 Series Touring will be unveiled to the public for the first time on 25 – 27 June 2019 as part of the new BMW Group #NEXTGen event at BMW Welt in Munich.

It will be produced at BMW Plant Munich for customers in Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. The market launch will get underway on 28 September 2019.

Exterior design: dynamically designed Touring proportions

Its exterior dimensions have grown compared to its predecessor by 76 millimetres to 4,709 millimetres in length, by 16 mm to 1,827 mm in width and by 8 mm to 1,470 mm in height (incl. roof fin). A wheelbase extended by 41 mm to 2,851 mm and wide tracks contribute to the car’s poised and agile handling.

Full-LED headlights are fitted as standard on the new BMW 3 Series Touring, while LED headlights with extended features, Adaptive LED headlights with BMW Laserlight for non-dazzling high beam with a range of around 530 metres and LED front foglamps are available as options.

Six powerful and efficient engines from launch

Three petrol engines and three diesel units will be available from the launch of the new BMW 3 Series Touring or a few weeks later. The BMW M340i xDrive Touring sets out its stall in particularly emphatic fashion thanks to its class-beating driving dynamics courtesy of its 275 kW/374 hp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine (fuel consumption combined: 7.5 – 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres [37.7 – 39.8 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 170 – 162 g/km)*. The line-up also includes a pair of four-cylinder petrol engines with 135 kW/184 hp in the BMW 320i Touring (fuel consumption combined: 6.3 – 5.8 l/100 km [44.8 – 48.7 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 144 – 133 g/km)* and 190 kW/258 hp in the BMW 330i (fuel consumption combined: 6.4 – 6.0 l/100 km [44.1 – 47.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 146 – 136 g/km)*, a 195 kW/265 hp six-cylinder in-line diesel engine in the BMW 330d xDrive Touring (fuel consumption combined: 5.6 – 5.4 l/100 km [50.4 – 52.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 146 – 140 g/km)* and two four-cylinder diesels – with 110 kW/150 hp in the BMW 318d Touring (fuel consumption combined: 4.9 – 4.5 l/100 km [57.6 – 62.8 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 129 – 118 g/km)* and 140 kW/190 hp in the BMW 320d Touring (fuel consumption combined: 4.8 – 4.6 l/100 km [58.9 – 61.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 125 – 119 g/km)*.

The four-cylinder diesel units powering the BMW 318d Touring and BMW 320d Touring come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox or with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as an option (standard on all other model variants). Intelligent all-wheel drive – which optimises distribution of drive power – is standard in the most powerful petrol and diesel models and available as an option for the BMW 330i xDrive Touring (fuel consumption combined: 6.6 – 6.3 l/100 km [42.8 – 44.8 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 151 – 143 g/km)* and BMW 320d xDrive Touring (fuel consumption combined: 4.9 – 4.6 l/100 km [57.6 – 61.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 129 – 121 g/km)*. All model variants meet the Euro 6d-TEMP exhaust emissions standard. In 2020 a BMW 3 Series Touring model with plug-in hybrid drive system will be added to the range for the first time.

New progress along the road to automated driving

The innovative assistance systems on board the new BMW 3 Series Touring represent the latest steps towards automated driving. Standard features include the Speed Limit Info system with No Passing Info display, Lane Departure Warning, and Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, which also detects cyclists. Options include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and the Driving Assistant with Lane Change Warning, rear collision warning and crossing traffic warning. Also offered is the Driving Assistant Professional, a complete comfort and safety-enhancing package. One of the features of the Driving Assistant Professional is the steering and lane control assistant, which works together with the driver to help keep the vehicle in the detected lane, even through narrow channels, and also includes the lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection and the Evasion Assistant. The new-generation BMW Head-Up Display offers a larger projection surface, new graphics and additional display content.

Park Distance Control and the rear view camera assist the driver with parking and manoeuvring. Also available is the Parking Assistant, which takes over steering, acceleration, braking and gear changes via the Steptronic transmission when driving into and out of a space. Its range of functions additionally includes the reversing assistant, which makes light work of backing up over distances of up to 50 metres by steering the vehicle along the same path it took when moving forward.

Intuitive operation and supreme connectivity: BMW Operating System 7.0 and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant

The new BMW Operating System 7.0 plays a leading role in optimising the control and display system with modern, digital functions geared precisely to the needs of the driver. The optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional comprises consistently designed, situation-linked and customisable displays on the fully-digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch Control Display. For intuitive operation, the driver can choose from the Control Display’s touchscreen functionality, the iDrive Controller, the steering wheel buttons, voice control and gesture control.

Another element of BMW Live Cockpit Professional is the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, an intelligent, digital character that responds to the prompt “Hey BMW”. The arrival of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant ensures there is always a genuine BMW professional on board. He is able to explain all sorts of different functions (“How does the High Beam Assistant work?”), provide current status information (“Is the oil level okay?”) and help answer questions (“What warning messages do I have?”). He is the ideal co-driver and comes in particularly useful during everyday driving by responding to natural voice commands to help the driver with numerous tasks, such as enhancing productivity and on-board entertainment. The range of functions and skills available are constantly expanded as part of regular updates, which can be carried out seamlessly on a smartphone and in-car by Remote Software Upgrade.


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