With BMW deciding to pull the plug on the Gran Turismo model, those in need of a more practical 3 Series will have to rely on the Touring / Estate body style. We now know when it will debut as a report coming from L’Automobile Magazine indicates BMW will introduce its Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes C-Class Estate rival in March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show.

As you may recall, BMW decided to unveil the 3 Series Saloon on the dawn of the Paris Motor Show, so we might not get to see the long-roof model before the start of the show in Switzerland. We’re not expecting any big surprises as the exterior design will echo that of the saloon while the interior cabin should remain essentially the same.

Needless to say, the biggest changes will occur at the rear where the voluminous cargo area will enable the 3 Series Estate to offer a more generous volume compared to the 480 litres of the recently introduced saloon. Speaking of which, BMW will sell the saloon with an optional Storage package encompassing additional storage areas boosting cargo capacity by 36 litres. It will also come with partition nets on both sides, bag hooks, and a 12V socket. Expect similar niceties in the estate flavour.

If you can’t wait until next year for the new 3 Series Estate, BMW still has the old one on sale available alongside the next-generation 3 Series Saloon. Bear in mind the new one will be bigger and thus it will provide a roomier cabin, not to mention the latest safety and infotainment technologies as well as updated engines. What the estate won’t have is a fully fledged M version, with BMW continuing to rule out the idea of introducing an RS4 and C63 Estate competitor. Maybe one day…

Gallery: BMW Série 3 Touring 2019 - Patente