New ‘G21’ Touring will be more spacious than ever, and could be offered with a full M variant for the first time
29 October 2018

BMW will follow up the launch of its new 3 Series saloon with the inevitable Touring model, tipped for a likely reveal at next year’s Geneva Motor Show in March. An M3 Touring could also be on the cards for the first time, too. 

The Audi A4 Avant rival, codenamed G21, will feature a rear-end design that stays relatively faithful to the outgoing car, while also mimicking the current 5 Series Touring’s roof profile and tailgate angle. 

The new estate will also benefit from pop-up tailgate glass, allowing small bags to be dropped into the boot without having to open the entire hatch. The boot itself is also set to grow in volume, just like the saloon. 

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The outgoing Touring offered up a 495-litre capacity with the seats up, and with the new saloon boasting a 480-litre load bay, the upcoming 3 Series Touring’s boot should offer more than 500 litres, putting it on a par with its main rivals.  Expect increases in leg, head and shoulder room for rear seat occupants, too. 

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The new 3 Series saloon’s initial engine range of two diesels and one petrol will transfer over to the Touring. Further variants will be added after deliveries begin in the middle of next year. 

BMW has never officially produced an M3 Touring, but insiders at the firm suggest that it’s finally being considered as a rival to the Audi RS4 Avant and Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate. The development costs would be minimal, allowing BMW to justify launching a load-lugging M3 in European markets but not the US, where the estate isn’t generally favoured by buyers. 

BMW won’t be complementing the Touring with a 3 Series GT this time, however, due to slow sales of the current model, but there will be the launch of a new 4 Series Coupé next year before it goes on sale in 2020. 

A convertible will follow that, likely continuing with the folding hardtop arrangement of the outgoing car, and a new version of the popular 4 Series Gran Coupé is also due in 2020. That car will share its platform with the i4 electric saloon, due by 2021.

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29 October 2018

That'll be the most interesting feature. I just don't see how that'll work bearing in mind the shape of boot lid

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

29 October 2018

They've been doing this for a while ... Nothing new and not really note worthy in the article

29 October 2018

To early for me, I thought they might mean electric retracting.  But you're right mr Boonstock they've been doing it since at least 2012 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

29 October 2018

Autocar ... You've already reported (with photos) that the new 4 series convertible will be a 'soft top' ... Which is it??? ;-)

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/2020-bmw-4-series-convertible-ditch-folding-hard-top

29 October 2018

I'm sure it will be a perfectly competent drive. Unfortunately and sadly, BMW 3s have been getting funnier looking since the lovely E30 and this one fits the trend. 

29 October 2018

 I think M3 touring would sell just now, might start another “niche” Car sector?

Peter Cavellini.

30 October 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 I think M3 touring would sell just now, might start another “niche” Car sector?

Start a niche? The same fast estate niche which  started at least 25years ago by Audi with the RS2? There were probably examples earlier than that car too.

29 October 2018

I know the wheels are sitting perfectly in the arches in the photo but without the M sport kit (which I disliked on the F30 as well) it's actually growing on me.... a bit.

29 October 2018

they have been doing it for years, yes (had a 5-series e39 in 2004 with this feature  - but it is worthy of note as bmw are (afaik) the only manufacturer doing this and it is fantastically useful. Not only for dropping small items in but for ramming the load space to the roof when going on hols. Much easier if you have the lower half held securely than if it can all fall out!

29 October 2018

 Last year I had a loan of a Deisel touring with the kit on it, it looked great!, but, the over riding thought going through my mind was...don’t grind the expensive Carbon fibre splitter on the front!, that alone kind of puts me off sticking expensive bits on a Car, so, yes, if you like it, do it!, buy one you won’t regret it, but just watch those Kerbs, Alloys are easy damaged, twenty mile an hour areas?, don’t bother, you’re guaranteed to grind the splitter....

Peter Cavellini.

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