2020 BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon spy shots

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There's a redesigned BMW 3-Series just around the corner, and once again the small sport sedan will spawn a wagon variant, known in the United States as a Sports Wagon. In other markets the 3-Series Sports Wagon is called a Touring.

Our latest spy shots show a prototype for the redesigned 3-Series Sports Wagon, which looks to feature similar proportions to the current model. This particular tester is likely for an M Performance model as indicated by its body kit and blue brake calipers.

The redesigned 3-Series sedan is due on sale later this year as a 2019 model. Cars Direct has learned that BMW will sell the current 3-Series Sports Wagon alongside the redesigned 3-Series sedan for 2019, which means the redesigned 3-Series Sports Wagon will likely only arrive for 2020.

Underpinning the redesigned 3-Series Sports Wagon is BMW's CLAR platform that debuted in the 2016 7-Series. The modular platform incorporates lightweight materials such as aluminum, magnesium and, in the case of the 7-Series, carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.

2020 BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon (Touring) spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2020 BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon (Touring) spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

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It should bring weight savings of around 88 pounds for the 3-Series Sports Wagon. It can also support alternative powertrains including plug-in hybrid and battery-electric applications.

The core powertrains for the United States should remain turbocharged 4- and 6-cylinder inline engines displacing 2.0 and 3.0 liters, respectively. The 2.0-liter mill should feature in a 330i model while the 3.0-liter mill should be reserved for an M340i M Performance model. Given the industry's move away from diesel engines, don't expect a diesel option in the redesigned 3-Series Sports Wagon. A plug-in hybrid is a possibility, though.

An eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive will be standard on the 3-Series Sports Wagon in most markets, but in the U.S. we could see the longroof come with all-wheel drive as standard.

Look for the debut of the 3-Series Sports Wagon around mid-2019. Sales should start by the fall of that year.

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