BMW Begins Development of M3 Touring... due in 2022

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 16, 2020

That's right guys, the BMW M3 Wagon (or Touring as it's officially known) is coming to a school pickup zone near you.

While BMW has never previously offered an M3 Touring in the 34-year history of the M3, it did produce a feasibility study prototype based on the third-generation model in 2000. A few weeks prior to the world premiere of the all-new BMW M3 Sedan, there are increasing signs of unparalleled model diversity in the range of premium mid-range BMW M automobiles. BMW has confirmed that the sixth-generation M3 lineup will include a five-door for the very first time. It is also no secret that the new edition of the BMW M4 Convertible is to follow next year.

BMW is not disclosing any power or performance figures for now, even stating that speculation on that matter is quite welcome, however the Bavarian carmaker has already spilled the beans on the upcoming M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe models and we can't imagine that the M3 Touring will be any different in what it offers, power-wise.

Since BMW's E61 M5 Touring, there has been a hole in the market. However, attentive observers will soon be able to catch a glimpse of the prototype of a new high-performance automobile.

As to when that might be, BMW only said that the Touring is "still in the early stage of its approximately two-year series development process". This is all BMW is showing us so far but consider us keen.

The 6-cylinder M TwinPower turbo engine beneath the bonnet has been set. It added that it will fulfil "the hopes of all those who wish to take the M-specific interplay of racing-orientated performance and everyday suitability to the extreme".

Due to its family vehicle concept, expect the M3 Touring to be available in just 510hp eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive form, unlike the M3 Sedan that has been confirmed to get the lower 480hp six-speed manual and rear-wheel drive for purists to choose from. The M3 Touring protoype must still endure lengthy-spells at the Nürburgring, as well as testing on public roads.

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