BMW will develop its line-up of M efficiency vehicles with the primary ever M3 Touring. The first check prototypes of the recent property will shortly start on-road growth forward of a possible launch in 2022.
The new M3 Touring will give BMW a direct rival for the long-established Audi RS4 Avant for the primary time. In a launch, the Munich agency described the recent model of the 3 Series Touring as a “dream come true” that can add to the “unparalleled mannequin variety” of its expanded M vary.
Autocar reported in 2018 that an M3 Touring was being strongly thought-about by BMW. The agency has now confirmed the mannequin shortly earlier than it begins growth work at its Garching facility close to Munich. Track assessments on the Nürburgring Nordschleife are set to comply with.
BMW has but to disclose many technical particulars of the M3 property however has confirmed it would use its turbocharged six-cylinder petrol M engine. The M3 Touring is expecred to share its mechanicals and powertrain with the brand new M3 saloon and M4, during which the S58 twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line engine is about to ship 473bhp and 443lb ft in normal kind.
BMW mentioned that “additional hypothesis on engine and efficiency is kind of welcome” and confirmed that the machine will provide the M division’s signature vast axles, giant entrance air intakes and quad exhaust pipes.
BMW hasn’t launched any photos of the M3 Touring but, though it would possible comply with the M3 saloon in adopting a particular giant grille that borrows closely from the divisive new 4 Series, quite than adopting related styling to the common 3 Series Touring.
The property will, based on BMW, additionally provide the total house and capability of the common 3 Series Touring. It added that it’s going to fulfil “the hopes of all those that want to take the M-specific interaction of racing-orientated efficiency and on a regular basis suitability to the acute”.
A launch date for the M3 Touring has but to be confirmed, though BMW mentioned that it is within the early levels of a two-year growth course of, suggesting an arrival in late 2022.
While BMW has by no means beforehand provided an M3 Touring within the 34-year historical past of the M3, it did produce a feasibility examine prototype primarily based on the third-generation mannequin in 2000. Although it was pushed by various journalists, it did not attain manufacturing.
The agency has additionally twice provided a Touring model of the bigger M5, with the second-generation mannequin between 1992 and 1995 and from 2006-2010 as a part of the fourth-generation line-up.