A few weeks ago, we reported the rumor that BMW is developing an M3 Touring model – a wagon version of the M3 sedan. It would also be a first, but the rumor was not good news. The M3 wagon would not arrive for two years. Days later, BMW teased the new model while also confirming that it was in the early stages of a two-year development process. Today, a new video from the automaker shows the wagon in motion. Why are you teasing us, BMW?
This is our first comprehensive look at the long-roof M3, although there aren’t many surprises. Camouflage covers all body panels; however, it cannot hide the shape of the 3 Series Touring. Between the wheels it looks like the 2020 BMW 3 Series wagon. It is the front and rear fairings that differ. The wagon sports the larger kidney grille of the M3 and M4. Sidewall that appears to be a wide open lower bumper and thin grips pushed to the edges.
It’s hard to see the rear as the vehicle pulls away from the BMW M property, but it looks like your standard 3 Series taillights, only now they flank a hatch instead of a trunk. The aggressive rear bumper and quadruple exhaust are barely visible. Another notable difference between the standard wagon and the M version is the lowered ride height, the wheels tucked under the arches. BMW doesn’t offer the 3 Series Touring in the US, and we don’t expect it to offer the hottest M version here, either.
BMW has said its “M TwinPower turbo engine under the hood has been tuned,” so we expect to see the automaker’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six in the M3 Touring. We don’t know of its release, but the M3 sedan we’ll see next month might preview what to expect. The sedan will feature a 460 horsepower (343 kilowatt) Pure model, a standard offering of 480 horsepower (357 kW) and the competition model of 510 horsepower (380 kW). With BMW in the early stages of the car’s development process, those numbers could change.