Got P10.5 Million? You Can Drive Home the M3 Touring Variant of BMW's New 3-Series Collection
The 3-Series Touring collection is now in the country. BMW Philippines unveiled the new three-variant collection last week at BMW’s main showroom in Greenhills. All three variants of one of the most popular models in the entire BMW vehicle range, including the top-of-the-line M3 Touring high performance model, were present at the launch.
“We are once again beefing up what is already a very exhilarating lineup of BMW cars in the Philippines,” said SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. President Spencer Yu. “Customers wishing to adopt the Touring lifestyle have a wide range of choices with the 318i Touring, the M340i xDrive Touring, and the most highly anticipated M3 Touring. No matter which option they choose, they will enjoy functionality, performance, and ultimately—an unmistakable sense of style.”
The BMW 318i and BMW M340i xDrive Touring
The sixth generation BMW 3 Series Touring offers classy looks, speed, practicality, and fun.
For the non-M3 variants, BMW’s familiar kidney grille and its twin circular headlights have been redesigned and it came out well. The grille’s new double bars and updated contours also gives it a better aesthetic. What comes standard are a set of full-LED headlights for the BMW 318i Touring, while the BMW M340i xDrive gets the Adaptive LED Headlights that allows cornering light, a pair of non-dazzling matrix high beam, dynamic headlight range control, and variable light distribution. Touches include air intakes finished in black high gloss to give it a more aggressive look. The mid-variant M340i xDrive comes with the M Sport Package Pro while the new BMW 318i Touring features the Exterior Line Satin Aluminum trim.
Inside, the new Touring range has ample cargo room, which is bigger than most of its European counterparts. Interior build quality is topnotch, as expected, while the 318i has interior trim finishers in aluminum “Mesheffect.” The M340i xDrive comes with M interior trim finishers “Carbon Fiber” for a sportier look. Both variants also come with sports seats in the front row finished in Sensatec Perforated upholstery.
Greeting the passengers is the BMW Widescreen Display that has a 14.9-inch control display and 12.3-inch information display behind the steering wheel joined together on the latest-generation BMW Operating System 8. For infotainment, the 318i comes with the BMW HiFi Loudspeaker system, while the M340i xDrive comes with the Harman Kardon Surround Sound system.
Fast, furious, and functional
Functionality is also a key feature in all of the Touring variants, like all performance wagons. It has a 500-liter luggage compartment when you lift the rear seats up, and up to 1,510 liters of stowage with the the rear seat backrest folded down flat. The rear windshield also opens up for loading shopping bags and other small items without having to open the entire tailgate. The Touring variants also has a variety of systems for assisted parking and maneuvering. The Parking Assistant helps the driver to select and park in spaces either parallel or perpendicular to the road. Aside from this, it also has a Reversing Assist Camera, Lateral Parking Aid, and the Active PDC, which uses brake inputs to reduce the risk of collisions.
The 318i has the in-line 4-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine rated at 156 hp and 250 Nm of torque, paired to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles, while the M340i xDrive Touring features the M TwinPower Turbo Petrol engine rated at 374 hp and 500 Nm of torque with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, and an acceleration of zero to 100 in just 4.6 seconds.
BMW M3’s first-ever super wagon
After 50 years of making high-performance M cars, BMW is introducing its first-ever Touring model. The M3 Competition xDrive Touring is the highest spec M3 and combines fun, fast, and functional. It’s also arguably the best-looking of the three. While there have been some controversial comments about its large elongated vertical kidney grille, BMW says it actually has a functional purpose: it allows a large air intake capacity and adds a beastly character that separates it from the rest of its 3-Series siblings.
Aside from the doors and roof, all the fender panels are different in the M3 Competition xDrive, with its large side air intakes, sculpted wheel arches, extended side skirts, M High-gloss Shadowline trim, M roof rails with high-gloss Shadowline finish, and a Gurney air-directing flap incorporated into the roof spoiler.
The M3 Competition xDrive is powered by the S58 version of the six-cylinder in-line engine M TwinPower Turbo technology, which was developed for the Competition models in the BMW M3/M4 line-up. It’s rated at 510 hp and has a peak torque of 650 Nm. The brand says the car is capable on various road surfaces in terms of agility, dynamics, and precision thanks to its adaptive M suspension, M Servotronic steering, and an integrated braking system.
Inside, the layout is similar to the other variants but with added features and exclusive M-specific finishes. Safety features include Park Distance Control. Optional automated driving and parking systems are available, such as Parking Assistant.
The BMW 318i Touring and BMW M340i xDrive Touring retails for P3.890 million and P5.890 million, while the topline BMW M3 Competition xDrive Touring is at P10.49 million.