The 2019 BMW 3 Series Touring is set to hit showrooms in a few months and our exclusive render previews exactly how you can expect it to look.
2019 BMW 3 Series Touring
bigger boot and more interior space
Price and release date
From around £29,000, on sale spring 2019
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The first thing to be said about the 2019 BMW 3 Series is just how big it looks compared to the old model – in fact, it’ll be larger than a 5 Series from the 00s. When it comes to designing a 3 Series Touring, style is almost as important as practicality. As a result, the car in our exclusive picture gets a curved roof line to ensure it won’t get mistaken for a boxy old Volvo estate. BMW’s famous Hofmeister kink can be seen in the rear windows and the side of the car has a number of creases that help bring visual energy to the design. Sadly, the clumsily styled door handles of the saloon car will also afflict the Touring.
Integrating the rear lights into the tailgate clears the way for a large boot opening and you can expect the 2019 BMW 3 Series Touring to have a flat load floor that’ll mean you can slide bulky items into place without having to lift them over the rear bumper. The current BMW 3 Series Touring has a boot capacity of 495 litres and that’ll grow slightly in the 2019 model.
The boxy shape of the load bay will make the 2019 BMW 3 Series Touring ideal if you have a dog, but will also make it a better candidate for carrying bulky Ikea purchases. The Touring is set to get latches right at the front of the boot that’ll make it easy to fold away the car’s back seats and you’ll be able to split them 40:20:40 – so you can carry a combination of bulky luggage and rear seats passengers. The Touring is also likely to get a back window that opens separately from the rest of the boot, so you can quickly drop bags of shopping into place.
Your main reason for choosing the 2019 BMW 3 Series Touring over, say, an SUV will be the way it drives. With a similar setup to the saloon that it’s based upon, you can expect the Touring to feel pointy in bends, while the car’s clever suspension combines control in corners with an ability to iron out bumpy road surfaces. Engines, meanwhile, will take the form of a variety of 2.0-litre four-cylinder and 3.0-litre straight six petrol and diesels, meaning you can choose between plus-70mpg fuel economy or acceleration of 0-62mph in less than five seconds.
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