BMW will probably introduce the first mass-produced M3 Touring in 2022. It comes with a large widescreen cockpit and only as a competition.
M GmbH officially announced in the summer of 2020 that BMW will be building an M3 Touring in series. This is the first time that the combi variant of the M3 has been approved by the executive floor, and it could still be presented in 2022. It would fit because M GmbH will be 50 years old this year. Until then, BMW will keep sending out teaser images.
There are a few new ones on Instagram right now. There, the M3 Touring is still well camouflaged on a frozen lake in Sweden and reveals a new detail: the station wagon gets BMW’s current iDrive 8 infotainment with a large curved display that celebrated its premiere in the iX electric SUV. A 12.3-inch digital cockpit and a 14.9-inch central display are housed under curved glass.
The rear of this large screen unit can be seen in the teaser image showing the car slightly from above. This should go hand in hand with a reduced interior, but the classic rotary pushbutton switch should also be retained in the M3 Touring. The M3 Touring will probably not be the first 3 Series with the new interior, before that the facelift of the regular 3 Series with the large display will come.
However, it may well take up to 2023 for a station wagon M3 to be available from dealers. To shorten the waiting time, Autospias sat down at the computer and made the M3 Touring a virtual reality. The illustration is based on the first official teaser image from BMW and suggests that the M station wagon should be a visual treat. The bulky apron with a black diffuser harmonizes well with the rear combination. The same applies to the four tailpipes and the vertical reflectors. As far as the front is concerned, it can be assumed that BMW will also give the Touring the large double kidney.
There is a persistent rumor about the engine that BMW will only offer the station wagon in the more powerful Competition version with all-wheel drive and automatic transmission. That would mean dropping the 480hp base model with rear-wheel drive and manual transmission – a disappointment for traditionalists, for sure. However, at least one of the classic BMW virtues would remain the in-line six-cylinder. The Touring should take over that directly from the sedan. Means: three liters of displacement, twin-turbocharging, and an output of 510 hp and 650 Nm. Because of the higher weight, the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h should be a bit slower than 3.5 seconds.