2022 BMW M3 Touring teased: price, specs and release date
BMW has announced that it’ll build an M3 Touring estate for the very first time by revealing a teaser image and a short video of the new car.
- First M3 Touring estate ever
- Will rival RS4 and C63 Estate
- 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine
- 480hp in standard trim
- 510hp Competition model
- Optional four-wheel drive
- On sale in 2022
BMW has never made an M-performance version of the 3 Series Touring (that’s an estate to you and me), but all that looks set to change in 2022 with the launch of the brand’s first-ever M3 Touring.
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A teaser image and a short video showing a prototype M3 Touring have popped up on BMW M’s official Instagram account, which confirms that the new M3 will be offered as a more practical estate. This means BMW will finally have a direct alternative to the likes of the Audi RS4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate.
It’s clear a few features will be carried over from the recently revealed BMW M3 and M4. The huge kidney grilles, for example, along with the angular front and rear bumpers, protruding side skirts and large alloy wheels. It’s likely the new M3 Touring will feature a similar carbon fibre roof to the M3 and M4 to help reduce weight and make its body stiffer.
Under the bonnet, the new M3 Touring will come with the same 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine as the new M3 saloon and M4 Coupe. It’ll produce 480hp in standard guise and 510hp in Competition trim.
A six-speed manual gearbox will come as standard, while an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox will be available as an optional extra. This unit will come as standard in Competition versions and shares plenty of components with the gearbox you get in the current BMW M5 and M8.
The new M3 family won’t just be the first to include a Touring estate model, it’ll also be offered with optional xDrive four-wheel drive for the first time. In the case of the standard M3 saloon and M4 Coupe, these xDrive-equipped cars will go on sale after the conventional rear-wheel-drive cars and will come exclusively with an automatic gearbox.
2022 BMW M3 Touring price and release date
The BMW M3 Touring won’t make its debut until some time in 2022. It’s expected to set you back a few thousand pounds more than an equivalent M3, which costs from £75,000 in Competition trim. As with the M3 and M4, it’s almost certain that UK cars will come exclusively in Competition guise – that means you’ll get 510hp and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard.
If you can’t wait for the new M3 Touring to go on sale, read our BMW M3 review.
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