2022 BMW M3 Touring - Touring is the name BMW uses for wagons outside the U.S | Mini Auto

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The last time our spy photographers caught a BMW M3 Touring testing it out was in March while the car was playing in the snow in northern Sweden. New spy shots have surfaced of the model with long bangs, although it looks no different from the last time we saw it. The same tight camouflage continues to cover the model, although there's not much to hide as it looks a lot like the M3 sedan, where it matters most.

The car, known as the M3 Touring in most markets where it will be offered, was confirmed last August and has been regularly tested since then, including at the Nürburgring and on some the surrounding road of the German racecourse. The vehicle is related to the M3 sedan and M4 coupe and convertible models.

Touring is the name BMW uses for wagons outside of the US, and this new M3 Touring will be the first time the M3 has a long window option. However, there have been M5 Tourings in the past.

But before anyone in the US opens their wallets, BMW spokesman Oleg Satanovsky told Motor Authority "there are no plans to import this vehicle into the US". The 3-Series wagon was also discontinued in the US in 2019. Elsewhere, the M3 Touring is expected to start selling in 2022.

The latest heated wagon war should have drawn BMW to bring the M3 Touring to the US, as Audi has finally brought the RS 6 Avant (Audi talks wagons) to local showrooms for the 2020 model year Mercedes. -Benz AMG also offers the E63 S Wagon in the US. But sadly, BMW didn't budge. Sorry, America.

The M3 Touring will be smaller than both Audi and Mercedes, but it should theoretically cut their prices by more than $100,000. Elsewhere, it will compete head-to-head with the Audi RS 4 Avant and Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 Wagon (nee Estate).

It is expected that the BMW M3 Touring will have the same specs as the M3 sedan, meaning power will come from a 3.0-liter inline-six twin-turbo engine codenamed S58. For the M3, the engine produces 473 hp in standard guise and 503 hp in M3 Competition guise. The standard M3 also comes with a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, while the exclusive M3 Competition comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission and the choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. There are no plans for the M3 Touring yet, although it would be quite sad if a guidebook wasn't provided.

Interestingly, BMW was close to launching an M3 Touring two decades ago as part of the third-generation M3 lineup. A prototype was built but was never approved for production.

The latest rumors suggest that BMW will offer the M3 Touring in both base and Competition trim levels, meaning there will be both rear- and all-wheel drive variants. It will share its powertrain with the sedan. This refutes previous speculations that BMW will only offer the M3 Touring in the Competition trim, meaning it will be AWD only with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A base M3 Touring can offer RWD drive with the manual. The car is expected to deliver the same power output as the sedan, with up to 503 hp (375 kW) from the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six.

While the M3 Touring looks production-ready, it's actually going to be a bit more before it arrives. It's not expected to launch until 2022, though US buyers shouldn't get too excited. BMW confirmed that it will not bring the wagon here, even if there is a petition to change the company's mind. The car will directly compete with other German high-performance wagons such as the Audi RS6 Avant and the Mercedes-AMG C63 wagon.

2022 BMW M3 Touring - Touring is the name BMW uses for wagons outside the U.S | Mini Auto 2022 BMW M3 Touring - Touring is the name BMW uses for wagons outside the U.S | Mini Auto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on August 22, 2021 Rating: 5

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