The new BMW 3 Series Touring will be priced from £29,380 for the BMW 320d Touring and will rise to £34,700 for the BMW 330d Touring, when it is launched in September 2012.
There will be three engines at launch – one petrol (328i 245hp/350Nm) and two diesel (320d 184hp/380Nm) and (330d 258hp/560Nm). More engines will join the line-up as with the BMW 3 Series saloon.
The 2.0 litre diesel BMW 320d Touring is likely to be the biggest seller, the TwinPower turbo charged diesel engine have proven to be popular with both company car drivers and private owners. It produces 184hp and the official combined fuel figure is quoted at 60.1 mpg for the manual and 61.4 mpg for the automatic. Performance is respectable with 0-62 mpg in 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 124 for the manual. The ever important CO2 emissions are 124 g/km for the manual and 122 g/km for the eight-speed automatic model.
For those of you looking for a bit more performance should look at the 330d which offers 258hp/560Nm which is rather potent with 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph, which a few years ago was super car territory which for £34,700 seems good value. BMW have made a good job of keeping the dreaded CO2 emissions low at a respectable 135 g/km and an official combined fuel figure of 55.4 mpg.
As standard all 3 Series Touring are equipped with BMW’s Efficient Dynamics technology which comprises Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and the ECO PRO function. Advanced ancillary units, such as the on-demand coolant pump and the electronically controlled oil pump, further enhance intelligent energy management.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring equipment levels look good; there are six trim variants, ES, SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport model.
Equipment on the entry-level ES model includes - 17-inch alloy wheels and chrome exhaust pipe trim, plus the automatic boot opening. Inside, there is automatic air conditioning, the BMW Professional radio with 6.5-inch colour screen and iDrive control, keyless start, cruise control, Driver Performance Control featuring ECO PRO mode, a USB audio interface and the 40:20:40 split rear seats.
The SE models add PDC front and rear (parking sensors), an automatic dimming mirror, two-zone air conditioning and automatic lights and wipers.
The 3-Series Touring Sport adds details such as black kidney grille slats, in a chrome-coloured surround, and gloss black inserts in the front apron. There is a choice of 17-inch or 18-inch alloys double-spoke design (18-inch wheels are bi-colour), while optional high-gloss black for the exterior mirrors and matching paintwork for the B-pillars takes the theme a stage further. Inside, red is used for the trim rings, scales in the circular dials and stitching on the sports steering wheel, while a base trim strip in high-gloss black with coral red accents underlines the sporting ambience of the cockpit. The standard sports seats can be specified in a choice of three different types of upholstery and four colours, while the ignition key features a black finish with red detailing.
The Luxury model is more discreet with 11 chrome kidney grille slats and two slightly offset chrome trim strips in the front apron air intakes, and a high-gloss chrome trim strip running horizontally above the air scoop. In contrast to the Sport, the window frames and weather strip are trimmed in chrome; at the rear, a high-gloss chrome trim runs above the rear apron and there’s a chrome tailpipe embellisher. There are unique 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels in multi-spoke design. Inside, chrome elements – such as the surround for the radio and air conditioning units, and part of the ignition key – combine with high-gloss wood strips, seats with distinctive stitching and a choice of two upholstery materials in four colours.
The BMW 3 Series Touring Modern variants feature satin-finish aluminium for the kidney grille and the double trim strips for the air intakes, complemented by 17-inch or 18-inch turbine-style alloy wheels. The light-coloured dashboard, with a steering wheel in dark oyster, works with leather upholstery or cloth-leather combinations in oyster or black. There’re a choice of three trim surfaces with accent strips in pearl-effect chrome, and a unique three-dimensional structure for the surface of the wood. The oyster-coloured ignition key features matt silver detailing.
The Touring M Sport model features a new aerodynamic package including numerous body components and the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline trim. The optional exterior paint shade of Estoril Blue metallic sets the model further apart, as do the 18-inch or 19-inch M alloy wheels. Inside, features such as the M door sill finishers, an M leather steering wheel and an M driver’s footrest create the right sporting ambience, while the M Short-gearstick (in models with a manual transmission), M Sport suspension and the optional M Sport brakes with contrasting blue paint finish define the M Sport. Dakota leather covers the interior including the front sports seats, while trim elements in Aluminium Hexagon with accent strips in either Estoril Blue matt or high-gloss black.Published 13 May 2012