BMW M3 Touring estate to launch in 2022
For the first-ever M3 Touring, BMW is expected to extend its range of M-performance vehicles. The hot estate’s first test prototypes will soon begin developing on-road ahead of a likely 2022 launch.
In 2018 it was announced that BMW was strongly considering an M3 Touring. The company has now verified the concept shortly before its Garching facility near Munich starts construction work. Track tests are expected to begin on the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring.
BMW has yet to announce the technical specifications of the M3 estate to a large degree but has indicated that it will use its turbocharged six-cylinder M petrol engine. It is expected that the M3 Touring will share its mechanics and powertrain with the current M3 sedan and M4, which will use the same 480hp and 600Nm S58 twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter in-line six engines. It can also be offered in the form of Rivalry, with 510hp.
BMW said that “further engine speculation and performance is very welcome” and confirmed that the machine will offer signature wide axles, large front air intakes, and quad exhaust pipes for the M division.
BMW M3 Touring will presumably suit the M3 sedan by adopting a distinctive wide grille that borrows heavily from the controversial new 4 Series, rather than adopting similar styling to the current 3 Series Touring.
BMW says the estate will give all of the standard 3 Series Touring space and power. It added that it would fulfill “the hopes of all those who want to take to the extreme the M-specific interplay of race-oriented performance and daily suitability.”
A release date for the BMW M3 Touring has yet to be confirmed, but BMW said it is in the early stages of a two-year development cycle, indicating an appearance in late 2022 on international markets.
While BMW has never previously offered an M3 Touring in the M3’s 34-year history, a feasibility study prototype was developed in 2000 based on the third-generation model.
The company has sold twice as part of the fourth-generation line-up a Touring version of the larger M5, with the second-generation model between 1992 and 1995 and from 2006-2010.
The BMW M3 Touring will fit alongside the updated M3 sedan and M4 coupé, both expected to be revealed in September, and the M4 Convertible next year.