BMW Australia has confirmed pricing and specification for its sixth-generation 3 Series Touring, with the mid-size wagon to be exclusively available in 330i form when it enters showrooms in October.
Priced from $73,900 plus on-road costs, the 330i Touring commands a $3000 premium over its sedan counterpart that launched in March this year.
Buyers are compensated for the extra spend with 500-litres of cargo capacity with the 40/20/40 split-fold rear bench upright, or 1510-litres with it stowed via the push of a button. The former is 20L more than the 330i sedan provides.
Compared to its predecessor, the 330i Touring’s upper rear storage compartment is up to 125mm wider, while the load sill is 27mm lower, at 8mm, making loading bulkier and heavier items easier.
Other wagon-specific features include a flexible parcel shelf, a detachable partition net and anti-slip rails.
Like its four-door sibling, the 330i Touring is motivated by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that produces 190kW from 5000-6500rpm and 400Nm of torque from 1550-4400rpm – gains of 5kW and 50Nm over its forebear.
With drive exclusively sent to the rear wheels via a ZF-sourced eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission, the 330i Touring sprints from standstill to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds.
Standard equipment includes bi-colour 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, LED tail-lights and a hands-free power-operated tailgate.
The M Sport package (adaptive suspension, brakes, body kit, high-gloss Shadow Line exterior trim, steering wheel, anthracite headliner and Aluminium Tetragon interior trim) is also fitted as standard.
Alternatively, buyers can opt for the Luxury Line package (aluminium roof rails, steering wheel, Sensatec leather-accented dashboard and high-gloss Ash Grey-Brown fine-wood interior trim) for no extra cost.
Inside, the Toruing scores a 10.25-inch touchscreen BMW OS 7.0 multimedia system, always-on natural-language voice control, a 10-speaker sound system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless smartphone charging, keyless entry and start, front sports seats and Vernasca leather upholstery feature.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep and steering assist, blind-spot monitoring, park assist and high-beam assist, among others.
2020 BMW 3 Series Touring list pricing
|BMW 330i Touring – automatic||$73,900|
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