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Alpina B3 Touring 2020 confirmed for Australia: The performance wagon BMW won't build

Fitted with BMW’s new S58 engine, the Alpina B3 outputs 340kW of power and 700Nm of torque.

It might not be an official M3 wagon, but with the same S58 engine and all-wheel drive, the Alpina B3 Touring might be the closest Australian buyers will get to a hardcore, big-booted BMW mid-sizer.

Confirmed for a local market introduction in the latter half of 2020, the Alpina B3 could even beat it’s as-yet-unrevealed M3 sedan cousin to market, but exact pricing is yet to be confirmed.

With the outgoing B3 S Touring priced at $149,900 before on-road costs, the new-generation version is expected to receive a small lift in cost to reflect an increase in specification, but should remain competitive against the $162,540 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Estate and $152,529 Audi RS4 Avant.

Fitted with BMW’s new S58 3.0-litre twin-turbo in-line six-cylinder engine, the Alpina B3 Touring punches out 340kW of peak power from 5000-7000rpm and maximum torque of 700Nm from 3000-4750rpm.

The same engine is fitted to the flagship BMW X3 and X4 M Competition mid-size SUVs, which output 375kW/600Nm.

A unique bodykit is fitted, which sports larger front air intakes, prominent front splitter, quad exhaust outlets, rear diffuser and roof-mounted spoiler. A unique bodykit is fitted, which sports larger front air intakes, prominent front splitter, quad exhaust outlets, rear diffuser and roof-mounted spoiler.

The incoming M3 sedan and M4 coupe will also use the S58 powerplant, though exact figures for the new 3 and 4 Series flagships are still to be confirmed.

In the Alpina B3, drive is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the company is yet to announce acceleration figures.

With the outgoing, rear-drive version able to blitz the landmark triple-digit sprint in just 4.3 seconds, expect the new-generation version to match, if not better, that time.

Aside from the engine upgrades, the Alpina B3 differentiates itself from a standard big-booted 3 Series thanks to a bespoke transmission tune, stiffer chassis and retuned suspension components.

Wheels are either 19 or 20 inches, which are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero rubber, while the front axle negative camber has been increased for improved steering response, according to Alpina.

Bringing the Alpina B3 to a stop is four-piston front brakes, which clamp down on 395mm discs, and floating piston rear callipers, biting on 345mm discs.

Inside, the B3 boasts a hand-stitched leather steering wheel, soft-touch seats and woodgrain trim. Inside, the B3 boasts a hand-stitched leather steering wheel, soft-touch seats and woodgrain trim.

A unique bodykit is also fitted, which sports larger front air intakes, prominent front splitter, quad exhaust outlets, rear diffuser and roof-mounted spoiler.

Inside, the B3 boasts a hand-stitched leather steering wheel, soft-touch seats and woodgrain trim, as well as a unique vehicle production plaque and BMW’s 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen.

With the rear seats in place, the boot will swallow a 500-litre load, which can expand to 1510L with the pews stowed.

Alpina Australia national sales manager Phil Jeffery said: “The new Alpina B3 Touring presents a unique option to the Australian marketplace.

“With all the practicality of a Touring wagon, the security of all-wheel drive, incredible performance and bespoke styling options, the B3 Touring ticks a lot of desirable boxes,” he said.