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BMW 3-series Touring unveiled

Date: 14 May 2012   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

BMW has revealed the first official pictures of its new 3-series Touring estate.

Due on sale in the UK in September, the 3-series wagon will offer the same attributes as the existing salon with a solid build, badge appeal and an engaging drive, with the addition of a 495-litre boot with the rear seats in place.

That's an improvement of 35 litres on the previous 3-series Touring and results in maximum luggage space of 1500 with the seats folded flat.

The rear seats fold in a 40:20:40 split and a ski hatch allows long, slender items to be loaded through the rear seats into the cabin.

An electronic tailgate comes as standard and can be upgraded with what BMW is calling a Smart Opener, which, akin to a number of similar systems available with rivals, allows the boot hatch to be opened automatically via a kicking action to the rear bumper.

The tailgate can also be opened in two stages, with the rear glass able to open independently. The boot also has a series of practicality features tucked away inside including luggage netting, straps and additional storage areas.

Three variants will be available from launch - the petrol 328i and 320d and 330d diesels. The former is the cleanest, with CO2 from 122g/km and 61.4mpg, while the latter packs 258hp, will hit 62mph in 5.6 seconds and emits 135g/km.

Prices will range from £29,380 to £34,700.

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