Adding extra roof to the next Bavarian standard

The current BMW 3 Series, otherwise known as the F30, is up for replacement this year, giving way to the upcoming seventh-generation model. Also known as the G20, the fresh Bimmer ‘3 is expected to appear in full production form at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, and with it, a selection of body styles and powertrain configurations will follow. Chief among these will be the Touring model, otherwise known as the “estate” body style. Over here in the U.S., we know it as the Sports Wagon. The new 2020 3 Series Touring was recently spied out and about, undergoing testing in real-world conditions to shake down any possible problems ahead of its debut, so read on for our full speculative review.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring.

2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Exterior Styling

  • Looks almost identical to sedan model
  • Similar aesthetic as updated 5 Series
  • Should gain incremental dimensions increase
  • Reshaped intakes up front
  • LED lighting elements front to back
  • Standard 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof rails up top
  • Newly reshaped taillights
  • Polished metal chrome trim
  • M Performance pack adds extra aggression
2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Spyshots
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From the off, it’s pretty obvious that the 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring isn’t all that different from the current model.

From the off, it’s pretty obvious that the 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring isn’t all that different from the current model. You still get the same overall proportions, lines, and aesthetic, albeit with a few small differences overall.

To our eye, the new 3 Series looks kind of like the 5 Series Touring, but smaller. That said, the new 3 Series will likely get small, incremental increases to the overall exterior dimensions compared to the outgoing model.

2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Spyshots
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Look for the iconic kidney grille to come with a slight reshape, gaining a wider, narrower appearance that enhances the car’s visual width.

Up front, look for the iconic kidney grille to come with a slight reshape, gaining a wider, narrower appearance that enhances the visual width of the car’s frontend. The kidney grille should also come with an active shutter feature to either keep the engine nice and cool, or to present a more sleek, streamlined shape to the wind, adding to overall mpg figures as a result.

The headlights will also get a slight tweak in their shape, once again offering a wide, drawn-back appearance. Look for LED lighting elements to be used, both for forward illumination purposes and for the underlined daytime running light elements. Reshaped intakes will add a bit of differentiation as well.

Moving to the sides, we find large 17-inch alloy wheels included as standard equipment. The profile also reveals a set of roof rails up top to help with the practicality part of the equation. Lower character lines will once again pull directly from the sedan, and the window surrounds will likely gain some polished chrome material.

Finally, we move around to the rear end, where we see the hatch gets a subtle trailing-edge spoiler added to the roof. The shape of the Bimmer’s tail will once again utilize a squared-off design, with a sharp slant for the rear glass, plus a flat lower hatch door and bumper section. The bumper itself will house dual polished exhaust tips with a rounded design. The latest model will also offer up refreshed taillight housings, where additional LEDs will be used for the taillights and blinker lighting elements.

2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Spyshots
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For those who desire a little extra spiciness in their wagon, look for the latest model to include several optional M Performance cues.

For those who desire a little extra spiciness in their wagon, look for the latest model to include several optional M Performance cues. That means the refreshed 3 Series should arrive to the party offering M buyers more aggressive lines, two reshaped bumpers, larger intakes in the nose, larger alloy wheels in the corners, and painted brake calipers under the roller spokes.

All said and done, the 3 Series will come in a variety of body styles, including the four-door wagon you see here, as well as the standard four-door sedan and a four-door coupe known as the Gran Turismo model.

2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Interior Design

  • Pulls from 3 Series sedan for look and layout
  • Inspired by the 8 Series and X5
  • Digital instrumentation
  • New infotainment tech
  • Latest driver assist tech
  • High-end materials throughout
  • Still loads of space in the rear
2019 BMW 3 Series Interior Spyshots
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Note: pre-production 2019 BMW 3 Series sedan pictured here.

Behind the wheel will be fresh digital instrumentation to provide the driver with all the vitals.

While we have yet to see any shots of the interior of the 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring, it’s more than likely we’ll get the same design and layout as the standard 3 series model.

To that end, it’ll take cues from the BMW 8 Series grand tourer and X5 SUV, and should include a reshaped center console with an emphasis on the horizontal, all-new switchgear, and a sporty three-spoke steering wheel.

Behind the wheel will be fresh digital instrumentation to provide the driver with all the vitals, while the dash will use a plus-sized touchscreen for all the infotainment duties.

Speaking of infotainment, the new 3 Series should also come with the very latest infotainment software and features; specifically, the next-generation BMW OS 7.0 platform just unveiled this year.

We’re also expecting tons of driver assists and safety tech, including standouts like lane-keeping assist, a blind spot monitor, automatic emergency braking, and similar systems.

We’re also expecting tons of driver assists and safety tech, including standouts like lane-keeping assist, a blind spot monitor, automatic emergency braking, and similar systems. A backup camera will provide the extra rear visibility, while a self-parking feature will add some techno-wizardry to the mix. A heads-up display will project important information onto the windshield just outside the driver’s direct field of view.

Controlling it all will be the latest iDrive vehicle control system, as well as an updated voice recognition feature. We’d also love to see BMW incorporate some advanced gesture control into the mix.

2019 BMW 3 Series Interior Spyshots Exterior
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Final touches should include a quieter interior, plus a plethora of high-end materials throughout.

Final touches should include a quieter interior, plus a plethora of high-end materials throughout, including the usual Alcantara, leather, and metal trim bits. We also expect small, incremental increases to both passenger room and cargo room.

Speaking of which, the current BMW 3 Series wagon offers 27.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 53 cubic feet with the seats down.

2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Drivetrain And Performance

  • Same engine lineup as the sedan model
  • Turbocharged four- and six-cylinders
  • Hybrid a strong possibility
  • No more diesel
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • AWD as standard in the U.S., RWD everywhere else
  • New CLAR architecture underneath
  • Lower curb weight
  • Adaptive suspension components
2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Spyshots
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The meat and potatoes of the lineup will include turbo gas engines, with most buyers getting into either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 3.0-liter six-cylinder.

Under the hood, the 2020 BMW 3 Series Touring will mount the same powerplants as the standard 3 Series model. The meat and potatoes of the lineup will include gas-burning internal combustion engines sporting turbocharged induction, with most buyers getting into either 2.0-liter four-cylinders, or a 3.0-liter six-cylinder option. It’s possible there will be a super-efficient three-cylinder option offered as well, which will make 135 horsepower from just 1.5 liters of displacement.

Speaking of efficiency, we wouldn’t be surprised if BMW included an option for a hybrid powerplant, possibly carrying over the brand’s iPerformance product range. If the new 3 Series wagon does get a hybrid option, look for it to offer a little bit of all-electric travel range, with possibly up to about 30 miles achieved without any local emissions.

As for the badges, expect a 330i model with a 2.0-liter ‘four, while the 3.0-liter will come with an M340i M Performance badge. The diesel option offered in the past will most likely get the axe going forward.

Output levels will range between 200 horsepower and 265 horsepower, while the range-topping M340i will likely make around 375 horsepower.

Output levels will range between 200 horsepower and 265 horsepower, while the range-topping M340i will likely make around 375 horsepower.

Routing it all will be an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard spec will include RWD as standard and the option for AWD across the pond. However, here in the U.S., buyers will likely get the 3 Series wagon with standard AWD, given the association most people have between the wagon body style and enhanced practicality. Either way, the extra grip will come from BMW’s upgraded xDrive system.

We’d love it if Bimmer tossed in the option for a proper three-pedal manual as well, but unfortunately, we don’t think it’s all that likely.

What is for sure is that the 3 Series will get the latest Bavarian underpinnings under the skin, specifically BMW’s new CLAR architecture. We first saw CLAR used as the bones for the 7 Series a few years back, and it should provide more stiffness and less weight than the outgoing architecture. To this end, the 3 Series will also get more lightweight and exotic materials, such as carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, magnesium, and aluminum, all of which will cut significant heft from the 3 Series’ final figure. Some rumors point to saving of nearly 90 points compared to the current model.

2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Spyshots
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To help it achieve the necessary driving attitude, the 3 Series will come with a set of adaptive suspension components.

To help it achieve the necessary driving attitude, the 3 Series will come with a set of adaptive suspension components, offering either enhanced cornering characteristics, or greater comfort. The 50/50 weight distribution will help it corner more accurately as well, while adaptive and active steering components will complement the package.

Speaking of driving fun, we have to wonder out loud whether or not BMW will create an M3 version of the wagon 3 Series. It’s certainly something we’d love to see, with more power, sharper handling, and a more aggressive exterior, all mated to the enhanced practicality of a wagon body style. Unfortunately, we consider something like that to be highly unlikely, but hey - we can dream, can’t we?

2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Prices

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The newly updated G20 3 Series is expected to drop later in 2018 for the 2019 model year. However, the new Sports Wagon version is not expected to arrive until some time next year, possibly with sales kicking off in the fall of 2019.

Pricing is likely to remain unchanged from the current numbers. For now, the 2018 3 Series Touring starts at $44,650 for the 330i xDrive, with upgraded trim levels including the Shadow Sport Edition Design starting at $46,000, and the M Sport Design starting at $48,600.

2020 BMW 3 Series Touring Competition

Audi A4 allroad

2017 - 2018 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro High Resolution Exterior
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As popular as the BMW 3 Series might be, the Audi A4 can match it blow for blow - and that includes the wagon models. The latest long-roof from the Four Ring brand is called the A4 Allroad, and unlike the Bimmer, the Audi seems to have a greater emphasis on tackling the great outdoors, offering up a taller ride height, skid plate protection front and back, and tough rock-resistant side cladding to ward away any errant bits of terrain. Inside, however, things are much more civilized and refined, with soft-touch materials and cutting-edge technology laid across the cabin space. Making the power is a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder powerplant, which sends it all to the ground via standard Quattro AWD. Pricing starts at $44,500.

Read our full review of the 2018 Audi A4 Allroad.

Volvo V60

2019 Volvo V60 Exterior
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When you think wagons and practicality, the name Volvo is bound to pop up eventually, right? Well, the Swedish brand has been on a real tear lately, revamping its image an infusing its lineup with hot designs mated to impressive tech, and the latest V60 wagon is no different. Scheduled to drop early next year, the new V60 offers some stout competition for BMW in the wagon segment, rocking a sleek exterior aesthetic, a unique cabin space, and more than enough space to carry whatever you need it to. Engine options include a variety of gas, diesel, and hybrid powerplants, and safety gear is impressive across the board. Pricing should start at around $40,000.

Read our full review of the2019 Volvo V60.

Final Thoughts

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There’s still a committed few automakers out there who offer a wagon, and we’re glad BMW ranks among these outliers.

Wagons don’t get a whole lot of love in the U.S. these days, but there’s still a committed few automakers out there who offer the body style. We’re glad BMW ranks among these outliers, and we think the new 3 Series Touring is shaping up to be a solid little offering.

Of course, there’s always room for improvement, especially when it comes to the Bavarians - after all, it doesn’t seem that much of a stretch to put together a go-faster variant for all us whiny enthusiasts, right?

Ok, so the M3 wagon thing probably won’t happen, but at least we can take solace in the fact BMW is extending the life of the wagon into the next-gen 3 Series.

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    • * Looks the same as the outgoing model
    • * Go-faster variant unlikely
    • * Segment isn’t all that popular in the U.S.

Further Reading

2019 BMW 3 Series Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW 3 Series.

2016 BMW 3 Series High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the current generation BMW 3 Series.

2016 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the current generation BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon.

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