The BMW 3 Series Touring has been spotted testing. Following the saloon’s release late last year, the Touring version will benefit from the new model’s longer wheelbase and increased interior space.
These images show a front end that’s essentially unchanged from the saloon, while the rear sees a sloping roofline towards a rooftop spoiler and BMW's trademark rear pillars. Practicality is increased by the rear-opening glass, as well as 40/20/40 split rear seats that offer more flexibility than the current model’s 60/40 seating.
The new 3 Series Touring will also benefit from the saloon’s improved weight distribution, better fuel consumption and emissions, as well as the new range of smaller capacity turbocharged engines and eight-speed gearbox.
The most efficient model in the saloon range is the 320d Efficient Dynamics. Its 2.0-litre four cylinder achieves 68.9mpg and 109g/km of CO2, so expect similar results when this driveline is installed in the Touring. BMW has also confirmed an ActiveHybrid 3 petrol-electric saloon, so expect a Touring version of the hybrid, too.
BMW has officially ruled out an M3 Touring, making the 301bhp 335i the most potent model of the range.
The BMW 3 Series Touring will be revelaed at the Paris Motor Show in October before going on sale in early 2013, with prices starting from £25,000.