2022 BMW M3 Touring rendered: price, specs and release date
BMW recently confirmed it’ll put the first-ever BMW M3 Touring on sale in 2022. These exclusive renders give an 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). Our exclusive renderings (below) give you a much clearer idea of what the finished car will look like.
These renders, based on spy shots seen so far, give the impression that the M3 Touring will take on much of the same look as the saloon — albeit with the raised rear that’s typical of an estate car.
Yes, that does mean the large and divisive grille is set for a return — as confirmed by the prototype car in the spy shots below. At the back, tweaks are set to be subtle though the trademark M3 quad-exit exhausts will leave you in no doubt that this is no ordinary 3 Series Touring.
Despite this prototype being wrapped in camouflage, you can clearly see that the production M3 Touring will share 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.
If you aren’t a fan of the new M3 and M4’s design, don’t worry. As Mat discovered when he checked-out the new BMW M3 and M4 in person, the large grille does look a bit better in real life than in pictures.
These camouflaged prototypes also reveal that the new BMW M3 Touring will sport plenty of less-controversial features, such as wide wheel arches, deep side skirts and huge wheels. There’s a bulging rear bumper, too, which may house a diffuser in addition to the quartet of – likely real – exhaust pipes.
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.
Under the bonnet, the new M3 Touring will come with the same 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six engine found in the 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 will only be available in faster, more powerful Competition guise – so expect this to be the case for the M3 Touring, too.
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.
As well as the M3 family being 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.
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