The first series-produced BMW M3 Touring is taking shape.

    It’s been confirmed for Australia, although exact timing for its arrival hasn’t been confirmed.

    A new teaser posted on Instagram points to the fact the M3 Touring will have an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

    Based on the official fuel consumption figures posted below the image, the Touring is more likely to be offered in xDrive Competition guise than base, rear-wheel drive or Competition rear-wheel drive trim.

    The claimed fuel consumption on the post is 10.3L/100km, up 0.2L/100km on the all-wheel drive Competition sedan likely due to its extra weight and different aerodynamics.

    The higher-spec M3 Competition and M4 Competition have 375kW and 650Nm from their turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six.

    The claimed 100km/h sprint time is just 3.5 seconds with xDrive all-wheel drive fitted.

    Expect a wagon to be a few tenths of a second slower.

    The rear-wheel drive-biased M xDrive system is mated with BMW’s Active M Differential in the M3 and M4, which ensures fully variable distribution of torque between the rear wheels.

    You can also switch off the DSC entirely and engage 2WD-only mode.

    Reports have suggested the M3 Touring will launch in Europe in 2022, with most global markets receiving it by early 2023.

    When it’s revealed, the new long-roofed M car will be the first mass-produced M3 Touring in the model’s long and storied history, the company only ever building a prototype E46 M3 wagon in 2000.

    BMW’s reluctance to make an M3 wagon has long proved puzzling, particularly as it has launched M-branded versions of much of its SUV range.

    That’s left tuning firms like Alpina to pick up the slack with fettled 3 Series wagons.

    It’s also left this niche wide open for the likes of the Audi RS4 and Mercedes-AMG C63 wagons.

    BMW has been somewhat more willing to dabble in the segment above, offering an M5 wagon for two short stints: from 1992 to 1995 (the E34) and from 2006 to 2010 (the E60).

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    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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