balance of elegance and dynamics.
BMW 3 Series
offer a unique balance of elegance, dynamics,
and compact dimensions, now the new 3 Series Touring adds
to these features more flexibility and versatility in
every respect – the new 3 Series Touring is sporting,
highly variable, and meets virtually every transport
requirement in everyday use. So it is fair to say that
this is the most versatile 3 Series there has ever been.
the same time this is the most “open” estate car in
the world, a huge panorama roof offering almost the same
feeling as in a convertible.
highly variable, and meets virtually every
transport requirement in everyday use.
new 3 Series Touring marking the fourth generation
in its class offers innovations which place it right at
the top of its segment – more powerful engines, a “faster”
suspension, even more detailed solutions for the car’s
occupants and luggage, as well as extra comfort ensure an
even higher standard of product substance than before. The
Touring meets virtually all transportation requirements
and at the same time offers driving pleasure of the
this is borne out by the car’s lap times on the Northern
Circuit of Nürburgring: Lapping the Circuit in
8:49 minutes, the new 3 Series Touring is just as
fast as the 3 Series Sports Saloon.
powerful engines and a “faster”
and loading ideas -
Measuring the loading area up to the upper edge of the
backrest, capacity is up over the previous models by 25
litres to 460 litres (16.1 cu ft). And folding down the
backrest in its 60:40 spilt, you enjoy an almost flat
floor with a vast 1,385 litres or 48.5 cu ft of
loading space – 40 litres more than on the former
storage compartment beneath the luggage compartment floor
may be turned around and used on both sides. The rear side
comes in a washable, hard-wearing surface film covering
bottom of the luggage compartment and extending out when
required over the rear bumper. Whenever the driver opens
the rear window alone, the luggage compartment cover will
slide up into a convenient loading position. A watertight
folding box, nets, an umbrella holder, bag holders and a
12-volt power socket significantly enhance the car’s
- The new
Touring is entering the market with three petrol
engines in the guise of the 320i, 325i, and 330i,
as well as two diesels, the 320d and 330d.
All of these engines offer a significant improvement in
performance, motoring culture, and economy. They will be
joined later by the four-cylinder 318i and 318d
power units, with the 323i being reserved for
markets outside of Europe. The six-cylinder 325i,
330i, and 330d models will also be available with four-wheel
the driver opens the rear window alone,
the luggage compartment cover will slide
up into a convenient loading position.
maximum output of 190 kW/258 bhp, the straight-six power
unit in the top-of-the-range BMW
outperforms its predecessor by 20 kW/27 bhp.
Maximum torque, in turn, is 300 Nm/221 lb-ft maintained
consistently between 2,500 and 4,000 rpm. In its
segment, the three-litre is the most powerful and lightest
engine in the world.
is the first large-scale production engine to feature
magnesium on the crankcase, crankshaft mounts and cylinder
head cover, thus boasting a material 30 per cent lighter
first-time achievement we see in this three-litre
six-cylinder is BMW VALVETRONIC controlling the opening
period and lift of the intake valves infinitely as a
function of the gas pedal. This means even greater fuel
efficiency and even more spontaneous engine response.
These benefits are further enhanced by variable double-VANOS
camshaft management on the intake and outlet
- The BMW 330i Touring accelerates from 0–100
km/h in 6.4 seconds and completes the sprint from 80–120
km/h (50–75 mph) in 4th gear in
6.9 seconds (both figures still provisional). Top
speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h or 155
mph, while fuel consumption is a modest 8.9 litres/100 km
or 31.7 mpg Imp in the composite EU cycle.
newcomer to the range is the straight-six in the BMW
325i Touring offering
even more power than before: Maximum output is now
160 kW/218 bhp at 6,500 rpm (an increase by
19 kW/26 bhp), maximum torque is 250 Nm or 184
lb-ft between 2,750 and 4,250 rpm (+
kind of power clearly gives the BMW
325i Touring pole position over its competitors, with top
speed of 243 km/h or 151 mph, acceleration to 100
km/h in 7.2 seconds, and the ability to sprint from 80–120
km/h, again in 4th gear, in 7.9 seconds.
compartment beneath the luggage
compartment floor may be turned around and
used on both sides.
320i Touring is based on the straight-four
two-litre power unit so far bearing the 318i model
designation. Featuring VALVETRONIC and double-VANOS,
the engine develops maximum output of
110 kW/150 bhp at 6,200 rpm, with maximum
torque of 200 Nm/147 lb-ft at 3,600 rpm. Acceleration
from 0–100 km/h comes in 9.4 seconds, top speed is
218 km/h or 135 mph, and fuel consumption in the
composite EU cycle is 7.6 litres/ 100 km or 37.1 mpg Imp.
- The diesel variants likewise offer sporting and dynamic
power. Featuring the latest common rail technology and a
turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, the diesels
are even more dynamic than their already most impressive
top-of-the-range 330d Touring develops an enormous
170 kW/231 bhp from six cylinders, plus perhaps
an even more staggering 500 Nm/369 lb-ft maximum
torque all the way from 1,750–3,000 rpm, once again
giving the car best-in-segment driving comfort and
the road this naturally means supreme performance, with
acceleration from 0–100 km/h in 6.8 seconds and a top
speed of 248 km/h or 154 mph. Fuel consumption is
6.7 litres/100 km or 42.2 mpg Imp in the
composite EU cycle, and it almost goes without saying that
the BMW 330d
complies with the European EU4 emission standard.
power and performance is also the attribute of the most
powerful four-cylinder in the 320d Touring, maximum
output of 120 kW/163 bhp and peak torque of
340 Nm/251 lb-ft from 2,000 rpm–2,750 rpm
setting the benchmark in this class, with acceleration to
100 km/h in 8.6 seconds and top speed of 223 km/h or
138 mph. Fuel consumption is 5.9 litres/100 km
or 47.9 mpg Imp, and again it goes without saying that the
320d complies in full with the EU4 standard. Both diesel
models come as standard with a diesel particle filter.
models come with a six-speed manual gearbox in their
“basic” trim. The additional gear, closer increments
between gears, as well as the wider overall range between
the lowest and highest gear ensure a perfect surge of
power throughout the entire acceleration process, with
each gear merging smoothly into the other. Conceived for
even higher tractive power, the first gear offers
advantages particularly when setting off.
all, the Touring is even more dynamic, accelerates faster,
and offers an even higher top speed than before. And all
this comes with an even higher standard of fuel economy. Six-speed
automatic transmission is available as an option.
folding box, nets, an umbrella holder, bag
holders and a 12-volt power socket
significantly enhance the practical value.
Touring comes by tradition with the most agile suspension
in its class. This suspension, together with the
outstanding combination of the engine fitted lengthwise,
rear-wheel drive, and excellent axle load
distribution, once again gives BMW’s sports estate
even greater leadership in the market and on the road.
new double-joint aluminium front axle ensures an
optimum balance of driving dynamics and motoring comfort.
Combining truly outstanding directional stability with
particularly low roll noise, this axle concept and design
is even more convincing than the already excellent front
axle featured on the former model. And despite its lower
weight, it makes a significant contribution to the car’s
high standard of all-round stiffness.
five-arm rear axle likewise ensures supreme agility
and sports handling on the road, together with precise
wheel guidance and very good roll comfort.
the Touring comes with basically the same chassis and
suspension as the Saloon, the specific set-up has been
modified to meet the requirements of an estate model.
latest generation of DSC Dynamic Stability
Control, BMW’s exceptional suspension control
system, ensures an even higher standard of all-round
safety. The six-cylinder models boast DSC with additional,
highly useful functions such as dry-braking of the
brake discs on wet roads and brake standby pre-applying
the brake pads to the discs. The system also prevents
the car from rolling back on uphill gradients and acts
against the usual dive effect when applying the brakes
shortly before the vehicle comes to a standstill.
new Trailer Stabilisation Control enhances driving
safety when towing a trailer. The system registers
imminent pendulum motion of the car and trailer at a very
early point, stabilising the vehicle and the trailer
behind by applying the car’s brakes before the
situation can turn dangerous.
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- The long engine compartment lid, short overhangs front
and rear, as well as the optical centrepoint of the car’s
cabin moved far to the rear relative to the wheelbase
authentically visualise the typical BMW
configuration combining a straight-six power unit with
rear-wheel drive. To ensure perfect harmony of the large
window areas at the rear with the dynamic character of a
sporting saloon, the roofline tapers down smoothly to the
car’s tailgate, with the shoulder line rising up
slightly at the rear.
“Hofmeister kick” at the bottom of the D-pillar so
typical of BMW creates a visual link between both of these
lines, interpreting the dynamic character of the car in a
very special way and integrating the various features and
- Like the exterior, the interior is also characterised by
a combination of convex and concave surfaces creating an
ambience of controlled dynamism and sheer lightness.
a result, the 3 Series Touring combines two characters
in one: It is a sporting driving machine and, at the same
time, a comfortable estate car with a generous feeling of
cockpit in its optimum structure conveys a truly thrilling
driving experience, classic circular instruments
symbolising driving pleasure of the highest standard. All
functions required for driving are integrated either on or
directly around the steering wheel, with the most
important driving and comfort information being provided
directly in the driver’s line of vision. This also gives
the front passenger optimum access to the comfort zone in
the middle between the driver and passenger.
choosing BMW’s navigation system will also receive BMW’s
iDrive display and control concept. The special
features in this case distinguishing the car from the “basic”
model are the Controller and the Control Display beneath
the second binnacle on the instrument panel.
The driver thus benefits from control and display
functions aligned to the driver in perfect ergonomic
arrangement, with all information and comfort functions
also directly accessible to the front passenger.
in size - Without giving up the compact dimensions so
typical of the BMW 3 Series, the Touring has grown beyond
the dimensions of its predecessor in terms of length,
width, height, and wheelbase. Clearly, this benefits
all the car’s occupants, provides even more luggage
space, and enhances passive safety to a new standard.
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for luggage -
The luggage compartment variable in size from 460–1,385
48.5 cu ft) is generous in design and offers a wide range
of clever solutions. Even in basic trim, the luggage
compartment comes with a 12-volt power socket, lashing
points, baggage straps, as well as bag and umbrella
holders. And since the BMW 3 Series Touring comes on runflat
failsafe driving qualities, the former spare wheel recess
beneath the floor of the luggage compartment is available
as an additional storage box.
window - Featuring a separately opening rear window as
standard, the BMW 3 Series Touring makes loading and
unloading as well as transporting long and even bulky
items very easy and convenient. When opening the rear
window, the rear blind moves up thanks to the comfort
opening function on the luggage compartment cover,
offering convenient and rapid access to the luggage area.
And to make loading the luggage area even more
convenient, the bumper comes with a deep cutout in the
middle, lowering the height of the loading sill to just
59 centimetres or 23.2´´.
solutions - The special luggage compartment package
available as an option enhances the practical
qualities of the Touring to an unprecedented standard,
offering features far superior to any similar concepts
available from competitors. The main component is the reversing
floor panel with a washable plastic sheet on the back
conveniently covering the carpet in the luggage
compartment as well as the bumper to prevent dirt and
scratches. It also features a collapsible watertight
folding box for items such as wet boots, etc. And if,
finally, the Touring is fitted with a ski-bag as an
option, the ski-bag module in the rear seat backrest may
be replaced by other inserts such as a cooling box.
construction - Intelligent lightweight technology
makes the body of the car even stiffer and reduces the
specific weight of the vehicle to an even lower level. So
without putting on any weight over the former model, the
body of the new BMW 3 Series Touring, featuring upgraded
steel and steel deformation technologies as well as a
truss configuration for the car’s load-bearing
structure, is 25 per cent stiffer.
new 3 Series Touring was designed from the start for the
best possible result – five stars – in the EuroNCAP
optimised seat belts, the occupant safety system comes as
standard with no less than six airbags: driver,
front passenger, hip thorax, and curtain head airbags. In
the interest of optimum safety for children, the front
passenger seat as well as the outer seats at the rear come
with Isofix anchoring points. The front passenger’s
airbag may be deactivated for fastening a baby seat
opposite the direction of travel next to the driver.
Active Steering - The BMW 3 Series Touring is
the only midrange estate saloon to offer an active
steering system: BMW Active Steering available on all
six-cylinder models significantly enhances the car’s
agility and increases driving pleasure accordingly. At low
speeds the steering transmission is more direct, at high
speeds more indirect, thus perfectly solving the conflict
of interest with a conventional steering and combining
agility, stability, and steering comfort to an
Steering also means extra safety: When applying the
brakes on patches of ice alternating with dry asphalt,
Active Steering stabilises the car quickly and accurately
by actively intervening in the steering control. If
necessary, Active Steering will even support the driver by
correcting the steering angle, making the entire steering
and control process simpler, safer and more agile, and
reducing both intervention of the car’s brakes and
engine management control. Active Steering makes everyday
motoring a lot more enjoyable by reducing the number of
steering wheel turns when parking, when manoeuvring, and
in city traffic.
lights technology - Apart from the dual halogen
headlights featured as standard, the customer also has the
choice of bi-xenon headlights with or without an
adaptive light function. Continuously and dynamically
adjusting the headlights to current driving conditions,
BMW Adaptive Headlights ensure optimum illumination of the
road ahead also in bends, the light beam following the
course of the road and thus guiding the driver along as if
comfort - Compared with its competitors, the air
conditioning in the Touring raises and lowers temperatures
faster than in any other model. An even higher standard of
comfort in climate control is offered by the automatic
air conditioning available as optional equipment.
Without creating the lightest draught, BMW’s automatic
air conditioning provides the desired temperature
extremely quickly and maintains exactly the right climate
without the slightest fluctuations or changes in
temperature. Climate control is also improved
significantly by the option to adjust the car’s
climate separately at the rear, and for the first time
in its class the BMW 3 Series is available with sunblinds
on the rear side windows.
difficult as it may be to ensure optimum climate control
in an estate car, the larger luggage compartment serves to
enhance the acoustic fortes of the audio system by its
qualities as a resonance chamber.
system featured as standard in the 3 Series Touring
not only capitalises on this benefit, but also sets the
benchmark in its class through its finely balanced
performance. And to enjoy an even higher standard, the
customer also has the choice of BMW’s optional HiFi
system as well as the LOGIC7 HiFi Professional concept
offering a level of audio quality and enjoyment in the 3
Series Touring quite unprecedented in this segment.