Next month, BMW will unveil the new M3 sedan and M4 coupe. While enthusiasts have craved an M3 Touring – a wagon – for ages, it will once again be absent from the reveal. However, this may change in a few years. A new report from BMW Blog says the M3 Touring got the green light in Munich, although nothing is official. It will be a welcome edition, although we will have to wait for the opportunity to drive it.
BMW Blog said news of the model’s approval came from a “trustworthy” source, adding, “there is a real possibility that this is true.” Over the years, BMW has insisted that it doesn’t want to expand the M brand to include the 3 Series wagon model. If the rumor turns out to be true, then we won’t see the M3 Touring arrive until 2023, which means US customers will likely wait a little longer to purchase one, if it ever comes to pass.
Development of the M3 sedan and M4 continues, with spy photos from the last few days finally starting to show that test vehicles are starting to lose some camouflage. When BMW unveils both in September, the automaker’s 3.0-liter B58 inline-six engine will produce more than 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts) in premium models. There will be a less powerful Pure trim for both, which transmits power through a manual gearbox to the rear wheels.
We don’t know what an M3 Touring might look like, but there are some unofficial renderings that give a glimpse of what it might look like. Both shots show the rear, giving us a good look at the extended roof and hatch. The lower bumper is sporty, housing quad exhaust tips. The rest of the M3 Touring’s design would resemble that of the regular M3 sedan, especially up front – large grille included. This is just a rumor, and we won’t know anything official until BMW tells us. However, we will remain attentive to any developments.