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BMW 3 Series Touring

The new BMW 3 Series Touring

The new BMW 3 Series Touring will include a plug-in hybrid model for the first time, delivering 122.8-156.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 52-42g/km, but this model won’t be available until summer 2020.

The BMW 330e Touring plug-in hybrid drive features a four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric drive system integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. These join forces to generate system output of up to 292hp when the newly developed XtraBoost mode is engaged. The new BMW 330e Touring’s intelligent hybrid control combines the drive torque from the 184hp combustion engine with the power from the electric motor, which is capable of generating continuous output of 68hp and peak output of 109hp. XtraBoost mode allows the two power sources’ combined output of 252hp to be increased for up to 10 seconds by an additional 40hp. This enables the BMW 330e Touring to reach 62mph from rest in 6.1 seconds (provisional figure). Combined fuel consumption is 122.8-156.9mpg with CO2 emissions of 52-42g/km (provisional figures).

The positioning of the high-voltage lithium-ion battery under the rear seats and the fuel tank above the rear axle means the plug-in hybrid will only have a slight reduction in boot space. Most optional extras will be available. Standard specification for the BMW 330e Touring includes pre-conditioning of the heating and climate control system, which can be activated via the BMW Connected app. 

The petrol and diesel models have either four or six cylinder engines. The BMW 320d Touring and BMW 318d Touring models are mated to the latest-generation six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the most recent version of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission (standard on the other model variants) available as an option. The intelligent all-wheel-drive system is standard on the range-topping BMW M340i xDrive Touring and available as an option on the 330d xDrive and 320d xDrive models.

The new BMW M340i xDrive Touring is powered by a new six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, intelligent all-wheel drive, bespoke chassis technology and M Sport differential. The new straight-six unit delivers peak torque of 500Nm and generates maximum output of 374hp, giving it a 0-62mph time of 4.5 seconds. It comes with a standard-fit sports exhaust system that delivers a more intense soundtrack with the Driving Experience Control switch set to SPORT or SPORT+ mode. Combined fuel consumption is 37.7-39.8mpg and CO2 emissions range between 170-162g/km.

The BMW 330i has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit with a maximum output of 258hp which represents a 6hp increase on the engine while peak torque has been boosted by 50Nm to 400Nm. The extra power produces a 0-62mph time of 5.9 seconds while efficiency has been improved with combined fuel consumption at 44.1-47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 146-136g/km.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine in the new BMW 320i Touring develops 184hp and maximum torque of 300Nm. It accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 7.6 seconds while its average fuel consumption is 44.8-48.7mpg, with corresponding CO2 figures of 144-133g/km. 

The six-cylinder engine in the new BMW 330d xDrive has a maximum output of 265hp from its 3.0-litre capacity while serving up peak torque of 580Nm. It takes 5.4 seconds to hit 62mph from rest, while achieving combined fuel consumption and emissions figures of 50.4-52.3mpg and 146-140g/km of CO2.

Upgrades have also been made to the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology for the two-litre, four-cylinder diesel engines in the BMW 320d Touring, BMW 320d xDrive Touring and BMW 318d Touring models. With maximum output of 190hp and a peak torque of 400Nm, the new diesel unit accelerates the BMW 320d Touring from zero to 62mph in 7.5 seconds (automatic: 7.1 seconds), while the BMW 320d xDrive Touring – which comes with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard – takes 7.4 seconds. Fuel consumption in the new BMW 320d Touring averages 58.9- 61.4mpg (automatic: 58.9-64.2mpg) with CO2 emissions of 125-119g/km (automatic: 125-115g/km). The new BMW 320d xDrive Touring, meanwhile, will deliver 57.6-61.4mpg and emit 129-121g/km of CO2. 

The engine in the new BMW 318d Touring develops 150hp and peak torque of 320Nm. These figures translate into a zero to 62mph time of 8.9 seconds (automatic: 8.8 seconds). Its average fuel consumption is 57.6-62.8mpg (automatic: 60.1-65.7mpg, equating to CO2 emissions of 129-118g/km (automatic: 125-114g/km).

The eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission (standard on the new BMW M340i xDrive Touring along with 320i, 320d xDrive, 330i and 330d xDrive models) delivers even shorter shift times and includes a Launch Control function for traction-optimised acceleration off the line. Shift paddles on the steering wheel allow manual intervention in the gear selection process.

The new BMW 3 Series Touring comes in three trim levels: SE, Sport and M Sport, and from launch the new M Sport Plus Edition will be introduced exclusively for the UK market. The M Sport Plus Edition is available on the 320i, 320d, 320d xDrive, 330i and 330d xDrive models.

The BMW xDrive system fitted in the new BMW 3 Series Touring splits drive torque between the front and rear wheels to suit the needs of any situation. The fully variable power transfer ensures maximum traction and directional stability in all road and weather conditions.

The system’s rear-biased set-up helps to produce the sporty driving experience, which is even more pronounced with the Driving Experience Control switch set to SPORT or SPORT+ mode.

The new 3 Series Touring incorporates advances in chassis technology along with weight minimisation, a low centre of gravity, a 50:50 weight distribution, together with a long wheelbase, wider tracks and increased camber values for the front wheels. The new BMW 3 Series Touring weighs up to 10kg less than the outgoing car, while overall body rigidity is up by some 25 per cent, rising to as much as 50 per cent in certain areas.

The almost completely sealed underbody and aerodynamically optimised wheels combine with the use of Air Curtains at the front of the car and the latest generation of active air flap control, which extends across the BMW kidney grille and lower air intake, to produce significant improvements. The drag coefficient (Cd) of the BMW 320d Touring, for instance, has been lowered from 0.29 to 0.27. 

The new BMW 3 Series Touring benefits from lift-related damping both with the standard suspension and the M Sport suspension. Another element of the M Sport suspension – which now also applies to the M Sport all-wheel-drive variants of the new BMW 3 Series Touring – is a 10mm lowering of the car’s ride height.

Customers choosing the popular M Sport Plus package or the new M Sport Plus Edition models benefit from the Adaptive M suspension as an alternative to the suspension variants with standard damper technology. This combines the characteristics of M Sport suspension with electronically controlled dampers and offers supremely sporty handling combined with a more comfortable ride than the M Sport suspension. 

When the new ADAPTIVE mode is selected with the Driving Experience Control switch, the steering, damping and accelerator responses, and the Steptronic transmission’s shift characteristics are all automatically adjusted to suit the driving style and, depending on the car’s specification, the route ahead. The control system responds to accelerator and steering inputs and the position of the selector lever to switch the powertrain and suspension to a sportier or more comfortable set-up. The map data supplied by the optional navigation system is also used to prepare the car for an upcoming junction or corner. 

Variable sport steering is part of M Sport and Adaptive M Sport suspension and, in its latest form, is particularly direct in its responses, even with small steering angles. Cornering is precise and responsive, while the wheel angles required for parking manoeuvres are achieved with only a few turns of the wheel.

All new BMW 3 Series Touring SE model variants come with 17-inch light-alloy wheels as standard with the Sport and M Sport models featuring 18-inch wheels. The range topping BMW M340i xDrive Touring, comes as standard with exclusive Cerium grey 19-inch M light-alloy wheels and mixed-size tyres.

Performance Control is also fitted as standard and heightens the agility of the new BMW 3 Series Touring by distributing power to the rear wheels as the situation demands. In order to optimise directional stability under heavy braking on surfaces offering differing levels of grip for the right-hand and left-hand wheels, a steering impulse is applied to help the driver correct the car’s line.

M Sport differential optimises traction, agility, stability and cornering dynamics 

Standard specification for the new BMW M340i xDrive Touring includes the M Sport differential for the rear axle, which is also available as part of the M Sport Plus package and M Sport Plus Edition models on the BMW 330i Touring and BMW 330d xDrive Touring models. The electronically controlled, fully variable locking function in the rear differential helps to significantly enhance handling capabilities and improve traction when pulling away. 

The new BMW 3 Series Touring comes in three trim levels: SE, Sport and M Sport, and from launch the new M Sport Plus Edition will be introduced exclusively for the UK market. The M Sport Plus Edition is available on the 320i, 320d, 320d xDrive, 330i and 330d xDrive models.

The BMW 3 Series Touring is on sale from 14 June but the first UK customer deliveries won’t get underway until 28 September 2019. Pricing is to be confirmed.