New generation 3 Series Touring is lighter, yet bigger with a larger interior
More versatile with a class leading 1500 litre loading space and flexible 40/20/40 split fold rear seats
Class leading fuel economy for TwinPower Turbo diesel and petrol engines
3 Series Sedan-like refined ride comfort and sporty dynamics
Eight-speed Automatic transmission with Auto Stop/Start fitted as standard
318d and 320i arrivals from March 2013
Four distinct ‘design packages’: Sport Line, Modern Line, Luxury Line and M Sport package
328i Touring from March production
The new BMW 3 Series Touring offers outstanding flexibility with increased luggage space and versatility, more luxury features, fuel-efficient TwinPower Turbo engines and more advanced technology.
The models in the new BMW 3 Series Touring line-up demonstrate class leading efficiency and performance. The entry point 318d Touring boasts a BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine producing 105kW of power and 320 Nm of torque. The 318d accelerates to 100km/h in 9.2 seconds and boasts a staggeringly low fuel consumption figure of 4.7l/100km with emissions of just 123 grams of CO2 per km.
The new BMW 320i Touring features BMW’s much-lauded TwinPower turbo four-cylinder direct injection engine producing 135 kW and 270Nm of torque. The result is class-leading acceleration and efficiency with the 320i Touring sprinting to 100km/h from standstill in just 7.5 seconds whilst sipping a mere 6.2l/100km and emitting 145 g/CO2 per km.
Available from March production, the 328i Touring joins the line-up. Boasting a higher powered version of the TwinPower turbo four-cylinder which develops 180 kW of power and 350 Nm of torque, the 328i Touring nails a 0-100 km/h sprint of just 6 seconds whilst consuming a contradictory 6.5 l/100 kms of fuel on the combined cycle.
These efficient yet powerful engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard (the 320i and 328i include gearshift paddles) and combine with other BMW EfficientDynamics technologies including standard auto stop/start, brake energy regeneration and ECO PRO mode for the new driving experience control, to achieve the outstanding efficiency and emissions.
Nearly all interior dimensions have grown in the new BMW 3 Series Touring. Compared to its predecessor and competitors, the new model offers more cabin space and a larger cargo area whilst rear passengers will appreciate the additional rear legroom and improved access.
Along with extra room for passengers, the cargo area has increased in size and now offers a best-in-class 495 litres loading which can be extended to 1500 litres with the rear seats folded down. But it’s the innovative flexibility of the luggage area that stands out with these new models, with a 40:20:40 split/folding rear seats and large aperture for the electric opening two-part tailgate. Endless cargo carrying combinations, taking advantage of the capacious interior, demonstrate the impressive versatility of the new BMW 3 Series Touring.
Based on the same platform as the 3 Series Sedan, the new 3 Series Touring shares the same advanced chassis / suspension technology, featuring a large number of light-alloy components and tuning. These enhancements provide the same high levels of refined ride comfort, coupled with sporty and dynamic handling characteristics for which the 3 Series is renowned.
The 3 Series Touring shares standard specification levels with the sedan variants.
Comfort and luxury features for the 318d include dual-zone climate control, cruise control with brake function, power-operated windows and exterior mirrors, automatic lights and rain sensing windscreen wipers, rear park distance control, Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free mobile phone use with compatible devices, and MP3 compatible CD audio systems with Auxiliary and USB inputs. Also included is automatic operation for the split tailgate as an additional Touring specific feature.
320i adds standard electric seat adjustment including memory function, rear view camera, 17-inch star-spoke alloy wheels, front Park Distance Control, Sports leather steering wheel and an interior lights package that provides additional reading, vanity and ambience lighting throughout the car.
As the range topper for the 3 Series Touring, the 328i is additionally equipped with 17-inch star-spoke 393 styled alloy wheels, interior and exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle and folding function, fine-wood burled walnut interior trim with Dakota leather upholstery, electric lumbar support for the front seats, Navigation Business and upgraded HiFi loudspeaker system.
Safety is always a high priority in all BMW vehicles and for the new 3 Series Touring BMW includes the Active Protection system that initiates a range of protective measures if an accident is imminent. In addition to this, all models are fitted standard with six airbags, and dynamic stability control that includes ABS, brake assistant, cornering brake control and dynamic traction control.
BMW 3 Series Touring Australian Pricing:
M Sport Line*
*Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) – if applicable, but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.
Design: Athletic elegance, dynamic proportions and flexible space for passengers and luggage.
The BMW 3 Series range has always been a beacon of sports performance, elegance and dynamic flair. The new BMW 3 Series Touring adds extra practicality and versatility to these qualities. Its larger interior can be adapted for a wide range of uses and ticks all the boxes for a modern and active clientele. The sweeping silhouette with smoothly sloping roofline, side windows extending well back to the rear and a powerful rear end combine to create a distinctive Touring character and highlight the huge potential of the new BMW 3 Series variant at first glance. Its harmonious proportions ensure the new BMW 3 Series Touring appears from every angle as if cut from a single mould and proves that impressive practicality and dynamic design need not be mutually exclusive.
With 97 millimetres added to the car’s overall length and 50 millimetres to its wheelbase, the new BMW 3 Series Touring offers extra room for passengers and luggage alike. Moreover, this space can be adapted for a variety of uses, allowing the new car to turn its hand to a range of activities. A 35-litre increase in capacity (to 495 litres) means the load compartment can offer more space than any of the Touring’s rivals. Standard equipment designed to meet the challenges of everyday life, such as the three-way split/folding rear seat bench, the automatic tailgate and the neatly stowable luggage compartment cover underline the versatility of the new BMW 3 Series variant. As well as its extra practicality and versatility, the new Touring also offers customers the enhanced ride comfort, new equipment lines and materials and colour concept of the recently launched BMW 3 Series Sedan.
The design of the new BMW 3 Series Touring is identical to that of its new Sedan sibling as far back as the B-pillar. That means the Touring also has an expressive front end headlined by precise lines and multifaceted surfaces. The 37-millimetre wider track accentuates the car’s sporting appearance. Striking twin headlights with LED accent lights form a visual unit with the slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille and reinforce the car’s sense of width and athletic presence. Two large outer air intakes below the headlights lend further stylistic substance to the new Touring’s sporting character.
The most prominent design feature remains the BMW kidney grille. Here, the defined contour lines of the bonnet converge and give the front end an even lower and more dynamic appearance.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring cuts a sporty and elegant figure from the side as well. Its flowing silhouette lends the car a feeling of inherent dynamism before it so much as turns a wheel, while the long, slightly curving roofline and large windows shine the spotlight on the Touring’s extra space and enviable practicality. The car’s athletic overall impression is further emphasised by the steeply raked D-pillars, the angle of the rear window and the subtly wedge-shaped geometry of the window surfaces. The roofline – which slopes downwards slightly to the rear and is extended visually by a spoiler – and the “Hofmeister kink” counter-swing at the foot of the D-pillar also generate a sense of dynamic tension.
The rear of the new BMW 3 Series Touring also boasts a convincing blend of sporting elegance and modern practicality. The horizontal lines and L-shaped lights set far to the outer edges accentuate the broad face of the wheels and the 48-millimetre wider track. Two integrated bars of LEDs allow a slim light design and ensure they maintain a recognisably BMW appearance both day and night.
The large tailgate cut-out and the rear window, which can be opened separately, allow optimum access to the load compartment. And the wide aperture and low boot sill make loading and unloading bulky items that much easier.
The 97-millimetre increase in the new BMW 3 Series Touring’s length and its 50-millimetre longer wheelbase add 17 millimetres to the knee room enjoyed by the rear passengers and nine millimetres to the headroom on offer. And the extra space makes it even easier to get in and out of the car. In the front door pockets, meanwhile, large stowage compartments can accommodate one-litre drinks bottles. Added to which, two large cup holders are now integrated into the centre console. If desired, the cup holders can be swapped for an oddments tray, which is stored in a designated area of the glove compartment when not in use.
Driver and passengers can perfectly adapt the new BMW 3 Series Touring to their requirements. A wide range of options when it comes to increasing load space, intelligent details to optimise practicality, and user-friendly operation are the ideal prerequisites for this. A 35-litre increase in its load capacity – to 495 litres – gives the new BMW 3 Series Touring class-leading figures in this area as well. Seven standard crates of bottled drinks or three golf bags, for example, can be loaded in over the boot sill (just 62 centimetres off the ground), which is protected by a stainless steel strip.
Handy qualities: practicality and versatility of the highest level.
Standard-fitted securing lugs, a pair of coat hooks, a luggage net and a strap hold cargo safely in place, while a storage tray under the load compartment floor and a deep stowage compartment on the left-hand side of the boot accommodate all kinds of small items. The luggage compartment cover can also be stowed away under the load compartment floor, allowing it to be kept in the car even when not in use. Also part of standard specification is a separate partition net, which can be employed in a variety of ways even when the rear seat backrests are folded down (40:20:40). The large through-loading facility in the centre of the rear seat bench allows the car to carry four adults and several pairs of skis or snowboards, for example, at the same time.
In addition to the increase in load-carrying capacity – indeed, the usable space between the wheel arches has also grown in size – the Touring variant also makes a persuasive case for itself with its high degree of versatility. The folding rear seat bench can be split 40:20:40 as standard, allowing load capacity to expand up to a maximum of 1,500 litres. Folding down all the backrests creates an almost level load compartment floor with a smooth transition to the sides of the interior. The generously sized tailgate aperture, measuring from 960 to 1,030 millimetres wide and 662 millimetres high, makes it easier to load in bulky items.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring comes as standard with electric tailgate operation. A touch of the button on either the remote control key, the A-pillar in the foot-well or the tailgate itself opens up full access to the load compartment, while pressing the button on the lower edge of the tailgate closes it again. The boot can also be opened remotely using the optional Smart Opener as part of the Comfort Access feature. Here, a short movement of the foot under the rear bumper is all it takes to raise the tailgate. The new BMW 3 Series Touring comes as standard with a rear window that opens separately from the tailgate. The window is unlocked electrically via a button on the rear window wiper arm and opened by hand. This practical function makes it easier to load and unload smaller items of luggage – especially when space is tight, as the rear window does not open out to the rear. These details all bear witness to the remarkable versatility and practicality of the new BMW 3 Series Touring. In this capacity the new Touring makes a compelling case for itself both as a sporty and elegant way to eat up the miles and a comfortable and spacious load-carrier for sports and leisure pursuits.
Another boost to long-distance comfort and ease of transportation is provided by the standard equipped storage package, which comprises a host of features for the passenger compartment and a variety of neat and practical additions for the load compartment as well. These include a large storage net on the left-hand side of the boot, a reversible floor section with a dirt channel and protective coating on the underside, and an adaptive attachment system. The latter consists of an aluminium telescopic rod which allows the load compartment floor to be divided up according to need – and in so doing offer a far greater number of variation options than systems with fixed attachment rails. When it is not in use, the attachment system can be stowed in the storage tray under the loading floor. Also fitted as standard on the new BMW 3 Series Touring are aluminium roof rails.
Elegant practicality throughout the interior.
The interior of the new BMW 3 Series Touring is comparable to that of the recently launched BMW 3 Series Sedan. The cockpit’s clear driver focus ensures that all the key functions are as easy as possible to lay a hand or finger on. Extremely clear circular instruments with a Black Panel display and the freestanding iDrive monitor in cutting-edge flat-screen design enhance the air of functional elegance. The iDrive Controller, within easy reach on the centre console, and the armrest between the front seats round off on an exceptionally high level of user-friendliness and luxury. High-quality material combinations and unbeatable build quality shape the premium ambience inside the new BMW 3 Series Touring. As well as the basic trim level, customers also have a choice of three other equipment lines and an M Sport package with which to tailor the appearance of the car to their own tastes. The Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line embody different takes on the car’s character. The carefully coordinated features brought together for each Line extend beyond purely exterior design elements to include material and colour options. As far as premium perception, design harmony and expressiveness are concerned, the scope of the new BMW Lines extends well beyond equivalent packages in the class.
Sport Line: The Sport Line adds extra depth to the dynamic repertoire of the BMW 3 Series Touring with a selection of eye-catching exterior features in high-gloss black. Eight black kidney grille slats in a chrome-coloured surround lend the front end a particularly sporty and alert look. The black inserts in the front apron draw extra attention to the air intakes, while 17 or 18-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design (18-inch items are bi-colour) provide an additional dose of sportiness in the wheel arches. A choice of high-gloss black exterior mirrors and matching paintwork for the B-pillars add further design flourishes. The exhaust tailpipe embellisher, also in black, adds the finishing touch to the sporty exterior design. Once inside, contrasting black and red accents lend a sporty and exclusive flavour to proceedings. Red trim rings, red scales in the circular dials, red stitching on the sports steering wheel and a base trim strip in high-gloss black with coral red accent strips all underline the sporting ambience of the cockpit. The standard leather upholstered sports seats can be specified in a choice four colours. The ignition key for Sport Line versions of the new BMW 3 Series Touring is identified by its black finish and red detailing.
Luxury Line: Discreet high-gloss chrome touches lend the exterior of the BMW 3 Series Touring a particularly elegant and exclusive appeal. The front end stands out with its chrome BMW kidney grille, with two slightly offset chrome trim strips in the front apron air intakes and a high-gloss chrome trim strip running horizontally above the air scoop adding further attractive touches. In contrast to the Sport Line, the window frames and weather strip are trimmed in chrome as well as satin-finish aluminium roof rails. Special 17 or 18-inch light-alloy wheels in multi-spoke design accentuate the stylishness of the Luxury Line. From the rear, this BMW 3 Series Touring can be identified by an exquisite, high-gloss chrome trim strip above the rear apron and a chrome tailpipe embellisher. Chrome elements – such as the surround for the radio and air conditioning units – also catch the eye inside the Luxury Line Touring. High-gloss wood strips, leather upholstered seats (upgrade for 318d and 320i) with distinctive stitching and a choice of three classically elegant colours highlight the exclusiveness of this variant. The ignition key for Luxury Line versions of the new BMW 3 Series Touring has chrome detailing.
Modern Line: Exterior trim elements including roof rails in satin-finish aluminium underline the aesthetic of the Modern Line, while the BMW kidney grille with 11 slats and the double trim strips in satin-finish aluminium for the air intakes continue the theme. Elsewhere, 17 or 18-inch turbine-style light-alloy wheels lend a fresh angle to the exterior design of the BMW 3 Series Touring. The light-coloured dashboard and a steering wheel in dark oyster create a modern ambience. Leather upholstery (upgrade for 318d and 320i) in oyster or black and a choice of four trim strips in pearl-effect chrome ensure an appealing interplay between materials. The optional wood surface in three-dimensional structure, meanwhile, lays on a whole new feast for the fingertips. The oyster-coloured Modern Line ignition key comes with a chrome-coloured clip.
M Sport package: The optional M Sport package gives the new BMW 3 Series Touring an extra dose of sportiness that spreads beyond its exterior and interior design. As well as the aerodynamic package and the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadowline trim, the exclusive optional exterior paint shade Estoril Blue metallic ensures an unmistakably sporty appearance, underpinned by 19-inch light-alloy wheels in hallmark M design and, inside the car, by features such as M door sill finishers, the new-design M leather steering wheel and an M driver’s footrest. Trim elements in Aluminium Hexagon with accent strips in either Estoril Blue matt or high-gloss Black round off the interior.
Technical features of the M Sport package include M Sport suspension, lowered by ten millimetres, and the optional M Sport brakes with four-piston aluminium fixed callipers at the front and two-piston versions at the rear in contrasting blue paint finish.
BMW 318d Touring: impressive torque, exceptional smoothness and further improved economy.
The new BMW 318d Touring is powered by the BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine. The powerplant sets standards in various areas such as its aluminium crankcase, its common-rail direct injection and turbocharger with variable turbine geometry which allow it to combine impressive punch with a further reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.
Out on the road, the thermodynamically optimised turbocharging provides impressive power delivery throughout the rev range. An electric actuator adjusts the turbine blades at split-second speed in response to changes in engine loads, enabling the unit to respond with the same lightning speed at low rpm as it does under full loads. Solenoid injectors supply the fuel to the cylinders at up to 2,000 bar, while high-precision fuel metering and high atomisation quality result in clean and homogeneous combustion.
Developing a maximum output of 105 kW at 4,000 rpm and an imposing 320 Nm of torque available between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm create an extremely dynamic recipe in the new BMW 318d Touring. Performance is suitably brisk: the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h is dispatched in only 9.2 seconds, and this agile diesel variant can continue accelerating up to 210 km/h.
The average fuel consumption of the new BMW 318d Touring is 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres in the EU test cycle and CO2 emissions of 123 grams per kilometre demonstrates effective application of EfficientDynamics technology and features throughout.
BMW 320i and 328i Touring: four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology sets the benchmark for driving dynamics and efficiency.
In keeping with the dynamic overall theme of the new BMW 3 Series, this innovative turbocharged engine offers plenty of power and performance, responsive acceleration, powerful torque, a high rpm ceiling and low weight. The cutting-edge four-cylinder unit with two different output levels featured in the 320i Touring and 328i Touring lays on unbeatable driving pleasure and also comes with lower fuel consumption and emissions than its predecessor. The upgrade in power and efficiency is chiefly down to the use of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which works using innovative solutions such as High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, twin-scroll turbocharging, Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and Valvetronic variable valve timing. Added to which, this engine has a particularly light and compact construction, thanks in part to its all-aluminium crankcase. This has obvious benefits for driving dynamics: the reduced load on the front axle gives the sporty BMW estate even greater agility and further improved steering and cornering characteristics.
In the 320i Touring, the 1,997 cc BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine generates maximum output of 135 kW at 5,000 rpm. This petrol-powered unit uses Twin Scroll Turbo technology to maintain peak torque of 270 Nm from 1,250 to 4,500 rpm resulting in a spritely 0-100 km/h sprint in just 7.5 seconds whilst emitting only 145 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
In the BMW 328i Touring however the TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine punches out 180 kW at 5,000 rpm of power and 350 Nm of torque from 1,250 to 4,800 rpm, translating into unbridled dynamic performance enabling a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds on the way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h. The engine responds instantly to every request from the driver for quicker progress and produces vigorous and almost linear power delivery from just above idle all the way into the higher reaches of the rev range.
In the EU test cycle, the new BMW 328i Touring records average fuel consumption of only 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres, with CO2 emissions of a lowly 152 grams per kilometre.
Innovative eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Thanks to its additional ratios, the high-performance eight-speed automatic transmission combines shifting comfort, sporty performance and efficiency to an unprecedented level in a features as yet unavailable from any competitor in the premium estate segment.
A wide array of technical innovations and the exceptionally high internal efficiency of the eight-speed transmission mean that potent acceleration, fast mid-range sprints and further reduced fuel consumption are also achieved. Indeed, performance-minded drivers are catered for as well, having the option of playing a far more active role by changing gear manually. On the road, balanced ratios mean the BMW 3 Series Touring boasts refined and powerful acceleration as well as smooth, fuel-efficient operation in the low rpm range.
A sports automatic variant of the new eight-speed transmission is fitted as standard to the 320i and 328i Touring models and offers even more dynamic shift characteristics as well as manual gear shifting via paddle shifts on the steering wheel.
Precision chassis engineering sets new standards: sporty handling, high agility and enhanced comfort.
In the latest model generation, too, driving dynamics rank among the stand-out attributes of the BMW 3 Series Touring. Playing a key role here is the carefully-honed chassis technology that perfectly complements the winning formula of a longitudinally mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, a balanced axle load ratio and a torsionally stiff body. Here the engineers have managed to further improve the already outstanding handling characteristics, exceptional agility and steering precision of the predecessor model while noticeably boosting comfort at the same time. With a wheelbase of 2,810 millimetres (+50 mm) and a track of 1,543 millimetres at the front (+37 mm) and 1,583 millimetres at the rear (+48 mm), the new BMW 3 Series Touring hugs the road even more closely than its forerunner. Together with the weight-optimised powertrain and lightweight body design, this results in a perfectly balanced axle load ratio for maximum driving dynamics and stability.
Double-joint tie bar front axle with spring struts and anti-roll bar.
The front axle of the new BMW 3 Series Touring is based on the front axle design of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan, which allows the optimal coupling of driving dynamics and ride comfort. The wheel suspension combines maximum stiffness with minimum weight, while aluminium torque struts, wishbones and swivel bearings make for a significant reduction in unsprung masses. In addition, the absence of torque steer meant that the kinematics of the double-joint axle could be optimally geared to the agility and driving dynamics of the new BMW 3 Series. Also benefiting from this is the electromechanical steering system of the new BMW 3 Series, which is low in weight and helps reduce fuel consumption.
Five-link rear axle guarantees driving dynamics and comfort.
Boasting significant improvements and refinements, the rear axle of the new BMW 3 Series makes an important contribution to the new model’s improved driving dynamics and comfort. Its space-saving design is based on the proven five-link configuration used on the predecessor model, with elastokinematics – specially tailored to the new 3 Series range – featuring long spring travel and precise wheel location in all situations. Moreover, the new rear axle ensures excellent noise and vibration damping. The upshot is that the new BMW 3 Series Touring impresses with extremely sporty handling combined with the highest standards of stability and comfort. Carefully targeted underside aerodynamics modifications at the rear axle, finally, contribute to enhanced driving dynamics and efficiency.
Dynamic options: M Sport suspension and Adaptive M Sport suspension.
The M Sport suspension from the M Sport package, featuring a 10-millimetre drop in ride height, is also available separately. It works with firmer suspension and damping as well as harder anti-roll bars. Also available as an option is the Adaptive M Sport suspension with electronically controlled damping, which adjusts the damper mapping to the road surface and driving situation. The driver can also use the Driving Experience Control switch to vary the basic suspension tuning between more comfortable or sportier settings according to individual preference.
Reduced consumption and emissions thanks to BMW EfficientDynamics.
Alongside its high functionality and sporty dynamics, outstanding fuel economy is another contributing factor in the driving pleasure afforded by the new BMW 3 Series Touring. This is down to the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, the results of which are incorporated in virtually every area of the new model. In addition to petrol and diesel engines with optimised fuel economy, its highly efficient transmissions, intelligent lightweight design, optimised aerodynamics and further efficiency-promoting measures ensure the new BMW 3 Series Touring is a winner in terms of its impressive fuel consumption and emissions figures as well.
Auto Start-Stop, Brake Energy Regeneration, ECO PRO mode.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring comes as standard with the Auto Start-Stop function, which switches the engine off during stops at traffic lights or in stationary traffic to avoid wasting fuel. Another standard feature is Brake Energy Regeneration, which ensures that, as far as possible, power for the vehicle’s electrical system is generated during braking and overrun. Finally, the new Driving Experience Control switch allows the activation of ECO PRO mode, which encourages an economical driving style and enables savings of up to 20 per cent. Intelligent energy management is further enhanced by the ancillary units, such as the on-demand coolant pump, the electronically controlled oil pump and the Electric Power Steering system (EPS), which only consumes power when steering assistance is actually required.
Intelligent lightweight design for further cuts in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Use of lightweight materials has played a significant role in reducing vehicle weight and in delivering high passenger cell safety standards, combined with a significant increase in strength. At the same time, these measures help to ensure superior driving dynamics. Intelligent lightweight design is integrated into all areas of BMW vehicle development work and into all components. In addition to the use of plastics and state-of-the-art composites, the increased use of aluminium components in the engine and suspension systems has also further whittled down the weight of the relevant assemblies.
Aerodynamic optimisation of the underside panelling.
The honed aerodynamics of the new BMW 3 Series Touring not only contributes to lowering fuel consumption, but also brings benefits for noise reduction and road holding. The design of the underside is a major factor in minimising lift forces. Here, the new BMW 3 Series Touring has an aerodynamically optimised underside with extended streamlined panels at the sides, under the engine compartment shield and at the front part of the exhaust tunnel. Additional aerodynamic covers at the rear axle further reduce drag and lift forces. Meanwhile, “air curtains” at the front apron reduce turbulence and therefore drag around the front wheels. Aerodynamically designed wheel arches and air deflectors positioned in front of them also contribute to fuel savings.
Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode: extra-sporty, more relaxed or more frugal driving modes – at the press of a button.
Drivers are able to vary the overall character of the vehicle depending on the driving situation or to suit their personal preferences. As well as sportier or more comfortable drive settings, they can also opt for extra fuel efficiency. The different modes are selected using the new Driving Experience Control function including ECO PRO mode, which is standard specification on all models.
Using the simple-to-operate rocker switch on the centre console, drivers can choose between ECO PRO, COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+ modes. Each of these predefined set-ups activates different settings for the relevant powertrain and suspension components. A further button allows the driver to change the DSC settings or switch them off altogether.
The new ECO PRO mode helps the BMW 3 Series Touring driver to achieve an extra-efficient and economy-conscious driving style. In this mode, in addition to the adjustment of the accelerator mapping, the Optimum Shift Indicator on manual models and the transmission control program for automatics are modified to bring forward upshifts and delay downshifts. Intelligent energy and climate management, meanwhile, reduces mechanical power consumption along with the consumption of electrical systems. Depending on the driving situation, the electronic system also provides tips and incentives on how to develop a more economical driving style. In ECO PRO mode, average fuel consumption can be reduced by up to 20 per cent with a corresponding increase in driving range.
Electric Power Steering enhances agility and comfort.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring is fitted with the electromechanical power steering system EPS (Electric Power Steering). EPS only operates when steering assistance is actually required. Highlights of this system include not only high efficiency but also low weight and high steering precision with good feedback. All new 3 Series Touring models come as standard with the Servotronic function for speed-sensitive steering assistance.
Variable Sports Steering is optionally available, providing different steering gear ratios depending on the angle of the steering wheel. It means that the new BMW 3 Series Touring responds more or less directly to the driver’s steering input. This reduces the number of steering wheel rotations required for bigger turns by up to 25 per cent, making for easier and more convenient parking and turning manoeuvres. Handling is also sharpened, for example when instantaneous evasive action is required.
High-performance lightweight brake system.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring relies for its stopping power on lightweight floating-calliper brakes with large inner-vented discs. The aluminium front callipers bring a further reduction in unsprung masses, while this extremely high-performance system also features outstanding heat tolerance, excellent wet braking performance, easy operation and precise control. A brake pad wear indicator and brake drying function are standard on all models. The driver is backed up by various state-of-the-art electronic safety systems which are integrated into the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system. The DSC system incorporates the following functions: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC), along with Start-Off Assistant, brake drying and an electronic limited slip function for the rear differential, which can be activated using the “DSC Off” button.
For performance-minded customers, BMW offers the M Sport brake from the M Sport package: aluminium four-piston fixed callipers at the front and two-piston fixed callipers at the rear, along with generously sized brake discs, combine extremely low weight with very short stopping distances.
High-strength body structure and intelligent lightweight concept.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring offers its occupants outstanding active and passive safety. Thanks to a judicious selection of materials, a high-strength structure and an intelligent lightweight design concept, the body meets the most exacting safety standards and, in conjunction with highly efficient restraint systems, guarantees maximum occupant protection. Compared to its predecessor, body stiffness has again been increased – by more than 10 per cent – with benefits for both vibration shielding and steering precision. Having shed up to 40 kilograms, the lightweight construction also significantly boosts the efficiency and agility of the new Touring, while a comprehensive package of active safety components helps avoid accidents or mitigate their consequences as far as possible.
All told, it is the perfectly balanced overall concept of the new BMW 3 Series Touring that makes it such a compelling proposition not least in terms of safety.
Individual protection in every seat.
The exemplary crash responses of the body provide the best possible basis for the optimum configuration and set-up of the restraint systems in the passenger cell. The BMW 3 Series Touring comes as standard with front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as head airbags for both rows of seats. All seats are fitted with three-point inertia-reel seat belts, while the driver and front passenger also have belt latch tensioners and belt force limiters. Also part of the standard specification are ISOFIX child seat attachment points on the rear seats.
Increased safety and awareness through driver assistance and BMW ConnectedDrive systems.
With its broad range of driver assistance systems and mobility services, offered as standard or optionally as part of BMW ConnectedDrive, the new BMW 3 Series Touring sets benchmarks when it comes to safety, convenience and infotainment. To ensure that the available functions fulfil their tasks to optimum effect, the exchange of information between the passengers, the vehicle and the outside world is coordinated by BMW ConnectedDrive in a particularly intelligent and selective way.
Full-colour high-resolution: BMW Head-Up Display.
A highlight of the BMW 3 Series Touring is the latest-generation multicolour Head-Up Display that projects all key information in sharp resolution onto the windscreen in the driver’s direct field of vision. Depending on the vehicle specification, speed limits and overtaking restrictions are flagged up in addition to the car’s speed. The driver can also see navigation instructions and various alerts in the Head-Up Display. Due to the wide variety of driver assistance systems available in the new BMW 3 Series range, the amount of information that can be shown in the Head-Up Display has now reached an unprecedented level.
Camera plus sensor: Lane Change and Lane Departure Warning.
Among the assistance systems that enhance convenience and safety are the Lane Change and Lane Departure Warning systems including Collision Warning. Working with radar sensors and camera monitoring, these systems warn the driver of a potential collision during a lane change manoeuvre or if the car strays unintentionally out of its lane, as well as alerting him if the car gets too close to the vehicle in front.
Preventive occupant safety: Active Protection.
The standard Active Protection safety package includes extended protective measures help passengers to limit the potential consequences of an accident. Active Protection is activated shortly after the car sets off, ready to tighten the front seat belts and close the side windows and sunroof if a pre-crash scenario arises. If the system detects a collision threat and deduces that a crash is unavoidable, it automatically brakes the car.
Intelligent management of state-of-the-art light technology: anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant and Adaptive Headlights.
Providing an extra boost to safety after dark is the optional High-Beam Assistant, which automatically switches high beam on or off depending on the driving situation. In conjunction with the optional bi-xenon headlights, the new BMW 3 Series Touring can be equipped with the latest-generation Adaptive Headlights with cornering lights, variable headlight distribution and adaptive headlight range control for city and motorway driving. This equipment package includes an anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant that allows high beam to remain switched on even when there is oncoming traffic. Any dazzle is prevented by a cover applied across the headlights as required.
The perfect overview not just when parking: Surround View, Side View and BMW Parking Assistant.
In addition to the rear-view camera (standard on 320i and 328i Touring) and standard Park Distance Control (rear only on 318d Touring), there is the option of Surround View with Side View, which shows the BMW 3 Series Touring and its surroundings from a bird’s eye perspective. This view enables particularly accurate manoeuvring in confined spaces. If the vehicle is driving at less than 20 km/h, the driver can additionally activate the Side View function to monitor traffic crossing in front of the car – making it easier to pull out of narrow or concealed exits, for example. Another convenience-enhancing assistance system is the BMW Parking Assistant, which takes charge of manoeuvring into parking spaces that are parallel to the direction of travel. All the driver has to do during the parking manoeuvre is operate the accelerator and brake pedals, leaving the BMW Park Assistant to deal with the steering.
Multitalented: Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function.
The ACC with Stop&Go cruise control function complements the range of convenience options. ACC Stop&Go not only allows drivers to cruise comfortably along the motorway and country roads while maintaining the desired distance from the vehicle in front, in heavy traffic it also slows the speed all the way to a standstill if necessary. The car automatically moves off again if the stopping time does not exceed four seconds. All this takes the strain off the driver in slow-moving and stop-go traffic.
Sheer infotainment: further services from BMW ConnectedDrive.
High-performance interface technology makes for high-level infotainment capability that enables extensive use of external mobile phones and music players. Thanks to new Bluetooth office functions, internet-based services along with calendar entries and text messages can be viewed in the Control Display of the iDrive operating system and read out via the Text to Speech function. In addition, passengers can access their personal music library on their smartphone or music player.