BMW has released images and details of its all-new 3-series Touring model ahead of the order books opening later this month and the first deliveries commencing from the end of September.
As with the outgoing model, the sixth generation version is offered with a number of petrol and diesel engines.
The BMW 320d Touring and BMW 318d Touring models are mated to the latest-generation six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the most recent version of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission (standard on the other model variants) available as an option.
A fleet staple, the 318d, is powered by a 150hp diesel engine that returns up to 65.7mpg and emits 118g/km of CO2, while the more powerful 320d is powered by a 190hp diesel unit that returns up to 64.2mpg and returns 119g/km of CO2.
The BMW 330e Touring plug-in hybrid model is due to join the model line-up in summer 2020. It features a petrol engine and an electric motor which generate system output of up to 292hp. Combined fuel consumption is up to 156.9mpg with CO2 emissions of up to 42g/km, however an electric-only range figure has not been released yet.
The 3 Series Touring comes in three trim levels: SE, Sport and M Sport, while the boot size has increased by five litres to 500 litres with the rear seats up and 1,500 litres with the rear seats folded down.
Like Teslas, BMW has introduced a remote software upgrade feature to “keep the 3 Series Touring up to date with the latest software”. All updates can be imported over the air, either on a smartphone via BMW Connected or directly into the car using its built-in SIM card and the company claimed installation of updates as simple as a smartphone update. The contents of the upgrades can vary, from security and quality enhancements and new software services to improved vehicle functions.
BMW continues to be a standard setter in the UK company car market and the new 3-Series is one of the hottest new cars of 2019. The new car has made improvements in the key areas without losing the driver and badge appeal that put it at the top of the class.
Posted by Company Car Today on Wednesday, 2 October 2019