2022 BMW M3 Touring estate styling details pictured

After much speculation and customer demand, a long-awaited BMW M3 estate is coming

  • Will feature the same 503bhp straight-six engine as the saloon
  • Prototype spotted testing ahead of full reveal
  • First ever M3 Touring estate

The forthcoming BMW M3 Touring has been spotted in development again and this time the photos reveal some of the car’s finer styling details. BMW will reveal the M3 saloon in the coming months, with the Touring estate model set to follow it into showrooms roughly a year later.

Despite being camouflaged, it’s clear that the M3 Touring will have more muscular styling than a regular 3 Series Touring. The rear wheel arches are a lot wider, while there’s a big spoiler and four sizable exhaust pipes. M-specific touches include intricately designed alloy wheels, sculpted wing mirrors and M3 badges at each end.

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These pictures also confirm that the M3 Touring will have a different nose to the rest of the range. The front end sports the same oversized kidney grille design as seen on the new 4 Series coupe and forthcoming M4 coupe.

It’ll be the first M3 Touring to reach production, with the concept that was built in 2000 the closest it’s come in the past. We expect the M3 Touring to go on sale in 2022, where it’ll rival the Audi RS4 Avant and the Mercedes-AMG C63.

The next-generation BMW M3 saloon is likely to cost around £70,000, so you can expect the estate to be a bit more expensive - perhaps closer to £75,000.

The M3 Touring will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine, producing 503bhp. This unit will be shared with the M3 saloon and M4 Coupe, and is identical to the one used in the flagship X3 M and X4 M SUVs.

BMW’s switchable xDrive four-wheel drive system will feature along with an automatic gearbox, which will allow the driver to switch 100% of the power to the rear wheels. Other changes from the standard car will include wider front and rear axles, larger brakes and tweaked suspension.

What does it mean for car buyers?

The M3 Touring will be more expensive than the M3 saloon, but there is plenty of customer demand for an M3 with an estate body style. This is a model that will be sought after in future years, especially as we expect it to be much rarer than the M3 saloon. It should offer a similar boot capacity to the standard 3 Series Touring, and will be noticeably quicker than the BMW M340i. Zero-62mph should take four seconds or less.

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