The New BMW 3 Series Touring | Part Two

The New BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW 3 Series

Power and Economy

Two engine variants will be available at launch, the frugal two-litre diesel 320d Touring and the new magnesium-alloy engined six-cylinder 325i Touring, with 320i, 330i and 330d engine variants becoming available later in autumn 2005.

Model bhp At rpm Torque Nm At rpm Zero - 62mph mph mpg
BMW 320d Touring 163 4000 340 2000 8.6 138 47.9
BMW 325i Touring 215 6500 250 2750 - 4250 7.2 151 32.8
BMW 320i Touring 150 6200 200 3600 N/A N/A N/A
BMW 330i Touring 258 6600 300 2500 - 4000 N/A N/A N/A
BMW 330d Touring 228 4000 500 1750 - 3000 N/A N/A N/A

The new BMW 325i and 330i Touring models benefit from the new magnesium-alloy engine first introduced on the 630i Coupe and Convertible and recently seen in the 330i Saloon variant. Using innovative and lightweight materials in the construction of the crankcase, crankshaft bearings and cylinder head cover makes it the lightest volume production six-cylinder engine in the world. All engine variants are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or a six-speed automatic as an option.

All six-cylinder Touring models also feature BMW’s DSC+ traction control system as standard. Differentiated from the usual DSC system (standard on four-cylinder cars), DSC+ offers additional features to ensure the brakes are primed for faster emergency stops, they are ‘wiped’ dry in wet conditions and are programmed to stop a manual car rolling backwards during a hill-start.

The new 3 Series Touring also benefits from the same chassis and suspension components as the highly praised Saloon variant. The double-joint aluminium front axle offers a fine balance between driving dynamics and occupant comfort while the five-link rear axle ensures precise wheel guidance and ride comfort in all circumstances. Like its Saloon counterpart, the new Touring model benefits from near perfect 50:50 weight distribution, rear-wheel drive and a long wheelbase with short overhangs in order to offer the highest levels of agility and safety in its class.

Other highlights

Although the new Touring model was developed completely separately from its Saloon counterpart, it is identical from the nose to the A-pillar. From here, the roofline tapers gently to the boot lid lip spoiler without having any detrimental effect on rear seat headroom. In turn, the distinctive shoulder line moves upwards slightly to the rear, reducing the size of the glasshouse and benefiting aerodynamic efficiency.

The additional space in the Touring provides an ideal solution for families, with the car offering two ISOFIX child seat fixings in the rear and, as an option, one set on the front passenger seat. Rear seat passengers can also benefit from separate rear seat air conditioning. All occupants can appreciate a feeling of increased spaciousness offered by the optional Panorama sunroof. The Panorama sunroof measures 800mm by 745mm to give all passengers up to 60 per cent more light than a conventional sunroof.

Published 22 April 2005 Melanie Carter
 

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