This is the new BMW 3-Series Touring

The trunk can load 500 liters’ worth of stuff
by Vijay Pattni | Jun 13, 2019
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This is the brand-new BMW 3-Series Touring. It looks…decent, doesn’t it? Still a little fussy—as we maintained with the sedan—but overall not a bad-looking thing at all.

Estates are cooler, in any case. BMW tells us some 1.7 million 3-Series Tourings have been sold ever since that first E30 paved the way back in 1987, so this one’s gotta do the numbers.

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Speaking of numbers, it’s bigger than its predecessor, because of course it is. So there’s a bit more length, a smidge more width (truly, a smidge—16mm), and a smidge’s smidge worth of additional height (8mm more than before).

Up front, it’s business as usual, and—as we’ve said before—there’s a lot of business to take in. Kidney grilles (in moderate proportions, at least), those full LED headlights as standard with that weird little kink on the bottom, and a fair chunk of crease along the front bumper.

Run along the side and you’ll spot that line that kicks up toward the trunk and a small spoiler lip, with LED rear lights featuring darker upper sections. The trunk gets automatic opening as standard, and thanks to a slightly lower loading sill, ingress and egress for your pooch should be a little less cumbersome.

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The actual load compartment itself is a tad wider and holds 500 liters’ worth of stuff. Drop the back seats, and that rises to 1,510 liters. That’s more than a C-Class onwag, and though smaller than a new Volvo V60 seats up, it’s bigger seats down. In any case, it’s a capacious storage space. So many pooches.

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There’ll be a variety of engines on offer: the M340i xDrive (3.0-liter, straight-six, 370hp, 0-100kph in 4.5sec), the 330i (2.0-liter four-cylinder, 255hp, 0-100kph in 5.9sec), and later on this year, a base 320i (2.0-liter straight-four, 180hp, 0-100kph in 7.6sec).

Diesels? There are a few of those, too. A 2.0-liter four-pot diesel spans the 318d (147hp), the 320d (187hp, 0-100kph in 7.1sec with the eight-speed auto), and the 320d xDrive. A 3.0-liter straight-six comes in the form of the 330d xDrive (260hp, 0-100kph in 5.4sec).

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As ever, it’s stiffer than the old 3Series Touring, lighter by up to 10kg, gets continuously variable lift-related dampers as standard or the option of adaptive M dampers, optional M Sport brakes (bigger, err, stoppier, blue-er), and a wealth of assistance systems.

It arrives 32 years after the original BMW estate car. What do you lot make of this sixth-gen Touring?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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