New BMW 330e Touring to arrive summer 2020

BMW 330e Touring estate version of plug-in hybrid saloon confirmed for next year

BMW 3 Series Touring

BMW will offer a Touring estate version of its latest 330e plug-in hybrid, but it won't go on sale in the UK until summer 2020.

The German manufacturer has taken the wraps off the latest estate version of its compact executive car, which initially will only be offered with three petrol and three diesel engines. The petrols' power outputs will range from 181 to 369bhp, with the diesels' ranging from 148 to 261bhp.

When it does arrive, the 330e Touring will sport a combined output of 252bhp from a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and electric motor, along with CO2 emissions of 52g/km CO2 emissions and fuel economy of 122.8mpg. That's slightly less impressive than the 330e saloon's 39g/km and 138mpg.

Range in pure electric mode has yet to be confirmed; the figure for the saloon is 37 miles at speeds of up to 68mph, but the heavier estate isn't likely to manage quite as much. It'll also probably be a fraction slower from 0-62mph than the saloon, which manages the sprint in exactly six seconds.

Sport, Hybrid and Electric driving modes will be offered, along with a 'Battery Control' function that will let you reserve a set percentage of battery charge for use at a time of your choosing. The car can also use sat-nav data to work out the best times to use electric, petrol or a combination of both in order to achieve maximum efficiency.

Petrol and diesel versions of the new 3 Series estate will boast 500 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place, and 1,500 litres with them folded. The plug-in hybrid is expected to offer slightly less than that, although exactly how much less hasn't been confirmed yet.

The petrol and diesel 3 Series Tourings go on sale in September, while the BMW 330e saloon is available to order from July.