BMW has revealed its fifth-generation 3-series Touring — Munich’s rival to the Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes-Benz C-class estate.
Following on from previous generations, the new car places as much emphasis on styling appeal as outright load carrying, adopting an extended roof and angled rear window much as the larger 5-series Touring does. New underpinnings have ensured crucial increases in accommodation, though, including, BMW claims, greater rear legroom and load-carrying capacity.
Set to go on sale in the UK from September, the new estate version of BMW’s best-selling model will initially be sold with a choice of just three engines — all already available in the 3-series saloon.
Two are diesels: a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit with 182bhp and 280lb ft in the 320d Touring, and a 3.0-litre straight six packing 254bhp and a sturdy 413lb ft in the 330d Touring.
The former comes with the choice of either a standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic gearbox, while the latter gets the eight-speed automatic as standard.