The New BMW 3 Series Touring


The New BMW 3 Series Touring

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26th June, 2006

  • Bigger in all dimensions than previous 3 Series Touring.
  • Laps the Nürburgring as quickly as the 3 Series Sedan.
  • As much as 1,385 litres of available luggage space.

BMW has released the new Touring version of the E90 3 Series sedan.

The new BMW wagon offers a combination of driving dynamics, safety, passenger comfort and versatility in a car that is larger than its predecessor in every way, yet weighs less.

The 3 Series Touring arrives bearing a nametage that has become something of an icon over the years – 323i.

The 323i Touring shares its 130 kW 2.5-litre inline six-cylinder engine with the now new 323i sedan, introduced onto the Australian market, and fitting between the four-cylinder 320i and the six-cylinder 325i.

The fact that the new 323i Touring is longer and wider than its predecessor translates into more cargo space, an almost-flat load floor and a handy flip-up rear window to allow for the convenient loading of smaller items.

At 4,520 mm it is 42 mm longer than the previous model, 78 mm wider at 1,817 mm, and 9 mm higher, at 1,418 mm. The wheelbase increases by 35 mm to 2,760 mm.

Visually identical to the E90 3 Series Sedan from the A-pillars forward, the Touring has been given a side profile with a tapering rear roofline and strongly defined, upward-tapering shoulder line.

Aerodynamic roof rails, styled to blend in discreetly from the top of the windscreen right through to the D-pillar, add to the practical character.

Underneath, the BMW 323i Touring utilises the same double-joint aluminium front axle as seen in the E90 sedan, plus a five-arm rear axle made from lightweight steel which enhances wheel guidance and ride comfort.

The BMW 323i Touring is powered by the acclaimed free-revving 2.5-litre six-cylinder engine that develops 130 kW at 5,800 rpm and 230 Nm from 3,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm, giving a broad, muscular spread of torque.

Fuel consumption of the BMW 323i Touring is 8.6-litres per 100 km for manual transmission and 9.2-litres per 100 km for automatic transmission.

The magnesium-aluminium alloy six-cylinder engine is mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox, or optional six-speed Steptronic automatic. In keeping with its expanded duties, the BMW 323i Touring comes with a comprehensive list of standard equipment to ensure it lives up to its demands as personal, or family transport.

Equipment includes Dakota leather upholstery, multi-function leather steering wheel, 16-inch star spoke alloys, roof rails, warning triangle with first-aid kit, retractable front and rear centre armrests, anti-dazzle interior rear view mirror, Titanium Matt interior trim, rear Park Distance Control, fog lights, rain sensor and automatic headlights, automatic climate control with micro filter, cruise control with brake function, Bluetooth interface preparation and AM/FM radio with in-dash CD player.

The interior can be further personalised with a brushed Aluminium finish or fine-wood trim in Poplar Natural grain or Burr Walnut, all of which are no-cost options.

The key to the BMW 323i Touring is its versatile load-carrying capacity. With the rear-seats up, basic luggage capacity has increased 25-litres to 460-litres and, with the 60:40- split rear seat folded, leaving two seats available, total cargo space grows to 1,385-litres.

Importantly, the larger cargo area now features many tie-down points and a luggage cover that retracts automatically when the rear window is opened, making it easier to load items.

The use of runflat tyres means there is extra space under the cargo floor for additional storage compartments. This space is additional to the 460-litres of cargo space above.

The new BMW 323i Touring is the successor to the outgoing 3 Series Touring, which went on sale here in July 2002 as a single 125 kW 2.2-litre, six-cylinder 320i variant. The BMW 323i Touring is now on sale and available with manual or automatic transmission and priced at $68,900 and $71,500 respectively.

The New BMW 3 Series Touring

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