Who needs a crossover? The 3 Series estate offers just as much utility.
BMW just unveiled the latest generation of the 3 Series at the Paris Motor Show. Now, a design registration with Brazil's Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial provides an early reveal of the estate variant. The images offer a complete look at the long-roof version's exterior.
The estate features the same overall design aesthetic as the saloon, including the new, sharp-edged headlights. The differences are all behind the B-pillar where the designers extend the roof and enlarge the size of side window at the back. The top still has a slight downward arch to maintain a sporty silhouette. L-shaped taillights adorn the back, and there's a small spoiler at the rear tip of the roof.
The design registration images don't show the interior, but it's likely identical to the saloon. For the new generation, BMW incorporates the options of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.3-inch infotainment display on the centre stack. The console is available with an attractive finish that looks like metallic mesh.
The 3 Series estate would share the saloon's engine options. In Europe, the options are the 318d with 148 bhp, 320d with 188 bhp, 330d with 262 bhp, 181-bhp 320i, and 255-bhp 330i. In the United States the M340i joins the lineup soon after the vehicle's introduction with 382 bhp. The 330e plug-in hybrid will arrive for the 2020 model year.