Tuesday, 15 May 2012 9:36 AM
The all-new BMW 3 Series Touring is coming to town this September and BMW have released some official pictures of the new longer 3, as well as some initial details on pricing. Kicking off the range is the 320d with a 184bhp, 4-cylinder diesel motor with a quoted combined economy of up to 61.4mpg, and CO2 set at 122g/km. It’ll still hit 62mph in 7.7secs and power onto 143mph, mind.
Just the three engines will be offered at the launch with the aforementioned 320d no doubt of interest to fleets, until the fully-frugal Efficient Dynamics model is ready.
The only initial petrol offering is the BMW 328i Touring with 245bhp, 350Nm of torque and 62mph sprint time of 6secs. The petrol-burner is pegged to 155mph at the top, comes up with a quoted combined economy of 41.5mpg, with CO2 at 159g/km. It’ll cost you £30,400 without options.
Next up is the entry-level Touring, the 320d Touring. It makes 184bhp, 380Nm of torque and pulls 62mph in 7.7secs. Price for the 320d is £29,380. And the top-notcher, for now at least, will be the 330d Touring with a chunky 258bhp, 560Nm of torque and a 62mph sprint of 5.6secs. Again, this cruiser is set to a maximum top speed of 155mph. Quoted combined economy for this new BMW is 55.4mpg, with CO2 at 135g/km. The price for the top-ranger is £34,700.
After the initial launch, the engine range will be expanded with a 320i petrol engine producing 184bhp and 270Nm torque and another pair of 2-litre diesel engines; the 318d and 316d. The318d will produce 143bhp and 320Nm of torque, the 316d 116bhp and 260Nm of torque. There is currently no fuel consumption and emissions data for these engines.
The new 3 Series Touring, from its more rounded, gently drooping nose back to the B-pillar, is the same as the 3 Series saloon. But the Touring takes its own, bigger-than-ever shape from there on in, with more interior space for passengers and luggage.
Wrapping up the passengers is a truly comprehensive range of standard and optional equipment and comfort to keep new buyers ever engrossed. Standard equipment-wise, the entry-level 3 Series Touring ES model gets 17-inch alloy wheels and chrome exhaust pipe trim, plus automatic boot opening. Inside, there’s automatic air conditioning, the BMW Professional radio with 6.5-inch colour screen and iDrive control, keyless start, cruise control, Driver Performance Control featuring ECO PRO mode, a USB audio interface and the 40:20:40 split rear seats. SE models add PDC front and rear, an automatic dimming mirror, two-zone air conditioning and automatic lights and wipers.
And from there we climb up the trim tree from Sport, Modern and Luxury, topping out as usual by the snorty and comfy M Sport variants.
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