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BMW 3 Series Touring and new engine variants arriving in Q4


BMW Australia has confirmed the arrival of a Touring wagon version of its current generation 3 Series, launching in a single 330i model guise early in the fourth quarter of this year.

Like the existing 330i sedan, the new Touring model will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine producing 140kW/400Nm, sending drive to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Compared to its predecessor, the new Touring has grown to 4709mm long (+76mm), 1827mm wide (+16mm), and 1470mm tall (+8.0mm). The wheelbase is also longer at 2851mm (+41mm).

The new Touring has grown to 4709mm long, 1827mm wide, and 1470mm tall. The new Touring has grown to 4709mm long, 1827mm wide, and 1470mm tall.

Cargo capacity is up 5.0 litres to 500 litres with all seats up, expanding to 1510 litres with the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat down.

Cargo capacity is 500 litres with the seats up, or 1510 litres with a 40/20/40 split. Cargo capacity is 500 litres with the seats up, or 1510 litres with a 40/20/40 split.

Arriving at the same time are three new 3 Series models, the entry-level 320i, plug-in hybrid 330e, and performance-focused M340i xDrive, bringing the local 3-Series line-up to five variants including the current 320d and 330i.

The 320i is powered by a 135kW/300Nm version of the 2.0-litre turbo four, while the 330e combines the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric drive unit to generate system output of up to 215kW when the newly developed ‘XtraBoost’ mode is engaged. Claimed maximum electric-only range is 66km.

The new Touring model will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine. The new Touring model will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine.

Powered by an in-line, six-cylinder, (single) turbo-petrol engine producing 275kW/500Nm, the M340i xDrive features intelligent all-wheel drive and a specific M Sport suspension tune (lowering ride height by 10mm), serving as the 3 Series performance flagship until the new M3’s expected global reveal in early 2020.

BMW says pricing and specification details for the new models will be confirmed closer to launch.

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