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New BMW M3 Touring 2021 confirmed to do battle against Audi RS4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate

BMW is teasing the first mass production M3 Touring, which should serve up pace and practicality.

BMW has confirmed it will serve up its new M3 in a wagon form for the first-time next year, joining the sedan, and M4 coupe and convertible in the high-performance line-up.

Local customers will be able to get their hands on it too, with BMW Australia telling CarsGuide that “we plan to introduce the M3 Touring and will advise arrival timing closer to the launch date”.

Though none of the 3 and 4 Series-based M car range have yet to break cover (the reveals are happening next month), a shadowy image has been released of the M3 Touring’s derriere.

What can be seen are quad exhaust tips and a prominent rear diffuser.

Expect a more aggressive bodykit all round, as well as extra load-lugging capabilities afforded by the larger boot.

We also know the new M car range will be powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder petrol ‘S58’ engine.

Under the bonnet of the X3 and X4 M Competition SUVs, the engine is good for 375kW/600Nm that send drive to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new-generation M3 and M4 are also expected to arrive with all-paw traction, while a manual, rear-drive entry-level grade is also rumoured, possibly wearing the Pure badge.

BMW tuners Alpina will also offer a big-booted mid-size performance wagon in the form of its B3 Touring, which will touch down in Australia in October wearing a $145,900 before on-road costs pricetag.

Powering the Alpina B3 Touring is the same S58 engine, though tuned to deliver 340kW/700Nm.