BMW M3 Touring: Munich's wicked estate slightly revealed

Published: 15 March 2022

► M3 Touring gets the green light
► Coming in around two years
► Will use a six-cylinder twin-turbo engine

BMW has released a new video in the run up to its new M3 Touring – and it provides our first, uncamouflaged glimpse of the super-estate. The new clip appears on the M division’s YouTube channel and charts the history of the M3 Touring before moving onto the forthcoming model.

As pictured above – and in the video – the new footage reveals the M3 Touring gets a widened but still recognizable rear when compared to the standard car. It appears for this part of the car at least, Munich has opted for a stylish understated design, rather than one designed to make an impact: Alongside the four exhausts, it’s pretty much what you’d expect.

For more on the new M3 Touring, keep reading. 

The M3 Touring out testing

Munich is finally building an M3 Touring, and we can expect the finished car in 2022. Our new spy photos capture the louche load lugger on test near its Bavarian HQ.

It’s clear to see the M3 staples will stay: a butch bodykit nestling just the right side of lairy, large 20-inch alloy wheels and the regulation quad exhuast pipes nestle under the more practical bootlid.

Huge, dustbin-lid-sized ceramic brake discs will be available as an option, as evidenced by the large composite rotors and gold brake callipers visible on this prototype caught in our latest spyshots.

It’s not the first M car to get an extra dose of practicality – BMW produced an M5 Touring in 1992 and 2007 – but this is the first time the formula has been applied to the junior M3.

Next BMW M3 saloon: what we know 

What can we expect of the M3 Touring?

BMW says the M3 estate will feature ‘wide axles, conspicuously large front air intakes, and four exhaust pipes at the rear.’ So far, so M3. then. 

BMW M3 Touring spy photos by CAR magazine

How fast will the new M3 be?

BMW has confirmed M3 Touring will use a six-cylinder M TwinPower turbo block. The boss of BMW M division, Markus Flasch, has already confirmed the next M3 saloon will be powered by the same engine as Munich’s high-performance SUVs, boasting power outputs of 480bhp and 510bhp.

‘The next BMW M3 will have the brand new S58 engine that we’re launching in the X3 M and X4 M,’ he told us in a 2019 interview. ‘It will have 480bhp in the standard version and 510bhp in the Competition version.’

New 2022 BMW M3 Touring: new spy photos and news

There’ll be several variants of the next M3, some featuring rear-wheel drive and others with a manual transmission, though it remains to be seen if the Touring will offer the same choice.

Read the standard 3-Series estate review here

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast