2022 BMW M3 Touring spotted: price, specs and release date

Graham King
October 26, 2020

BMW recently confirmed it’ll put the first-ever BMW M3 Touring on sale in 2022. These spy shots give a good idea of what it will look like.

  • First M3 Touring estate ever
  • Audi RS4 and Mercedes C63 Estate alternative
  • 3.0-litre twin-turbo engine
  • 480hp in standard trim
  • 510hp Competition model
  • Optional four-wheel drive
  • On sale in 2022

There has never before been a BMW M3 Touring, despite Audi and Mercedes having had estate versions of their AMG C63 and RS4 for years. But, BMW has finally given in and confirmed it’ll build an M3 Touring estate by 2022.

 

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When the BMW M3 Touring was announced back in September, BMW released just a rather gloomy teaser image and posted a brief video of a prototype on Instagram (shown above). These new spy shots of another prototype being tested give you a much better look at this all-new M3 Touring.

That divisive grille is plain to see on this prototype.

The bad news is, yes, it does still have that gigantic grille. Though, as Mat discovered when he checked-out the new BMW M3 and M4 in person, it looks much better in real life. Despite it being wrapped in camouflage, you can clearly see that the new M3 Touring shares its ultra-aggressive front bumper with the M3 saloon and M4 coupe. The twin bonnet vents can just about be seen if you look closely a little way back from the grille.

Other must-have M3 features, such as wide wheelarches, deep side skirts and huge wheels, are clearly visible. There’s a bulging rear bumper, too, housing a quartet of – hopefully real – exhaust pipes. There may be a diffuser that’s been covered over on this prototype.

Vast exhaust pipes mean you won’t mistake this for a diesel-powered 3 Series estate.

Interestingly, the spoiler above the rear window appears no bigger than that on the M340i Touring. That would suggest that most of the aerodynamic changes needed to keep the M3 Touring on the straight and narrow at high speeds are underneath the car. Or else that the standard 3-Series Touring’s aerodynamics are so good, no changes are actually needed.

The new M3 Touring will share the M3’s 3.0-litre straight six engine.

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. In the UK, the BMW M3 and M4 are only offered in faster, more powerful Competition guise – it’s likely this will be the case for the M3 Touring, too.

The M3 Touring will shares the M3 saloon’s interior and gearbox options.

If the M3 Touring is offered in standard non-Competition spec, it’ll come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the option to pay extra for an eight-speed automatic gearbox. If BMW decides to only sell Competition versions of the new M3 Touring in the UK, then every car will come with this automatic gearbox as standard.

The new BMW M3 Touring will be available with rear- and four-wheel drive.

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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