It combines most the style of the sedan and the ability to load more cargo into the back.
If you're a fan of the new G20-generation of the BMW 3 Series' sharper look but need a little extra room, then the upcoming estate might be the ideal choice. The long-roof variant doesn't debut until the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, but this new batch of spy shots provides a great idea of what to expect.
Gallery: BMW 3 Series Touring Spy Shots
BMW's engineers only need to camouflage the parts of this test mule that differentiate the estate from the saloon. The front two-thirds of the model is identical to the standard four-door. The designers give the longer roof a gentle, downward curve and add an extra window in the side. The D-pillar leans toward the front of the vehicle. A small spoiler sits at the top of the hatchback. The taillights have the same L-shaped design as on the saloon.
Other than the tweaked rear end styling, expect the 3 Series wagon to have all the same features as the four-door. In Europe, there's the 181-bhp 320i, 255-bhp 330i, 382-bhp M340i, 148-bhp 318d, 188-bhp 320d, 262-bhp 330d. The 3 Series saloon will also be available as the 330e plug-in hybrid, and it'll possibily be an option in the estate, too.
Inside, BMW overhauls the G20 generation's interior by incorporating the infotainment screen into the centre stack rather than previously placing it on top of the dashboard. As standard, the 3 Series comes with a 5.7-inch digital instrument screen and 8.8-inch infotainment display. Buyers can also choose an optional 12.3-inch instrument display and 10.25-inch infotainment screen.
The BMW 3 Series Touring goes on sale across Europe on 9 March 2019.