Yes, you read that headline right. After only offering the 3 Series as a sedan for several years, SMC Asia Distributor Corp. has announced that the 2023 BMW 3 Series Touring will be offered in the Philippines next year.
This was confirmed by none other than the SMC Asia Distributor Corp. president Spencer Yu after sharing that they will be launching 4 more EVs in 2023. While the executive did not exactly mention any timeline or specifications about the 2023 3 Series Touring, we already have a good idea of what to expect once it arrives here.
First and foremost, it will mark the first time in a long while that a wagon body style will be available for the 3 Series. Before, the 3 Series was only available either as a four-door or as a five-door fastback dubbed the Gran Turismo (GT).
Like 2023 3 Series Sedan revealed earlier this year, the 3 Series Touring version will feature a slightly refreshed exterior that consists of slimmer LED headlights and clear contours that give the vehicle a sleeker look. The grille, meanwhile, has been redesigned with modified curves and comes with double bars that give it a bolder visual presence. The lower air intake, on the other hand, has been updated and is now bigger than its predecessor.
Around the back, the LED taillights are slimmer as well to reflect the headlights' similar redesign. More L-shaped motifs have been applied to the rear apron of the 3 Series for extra flair. Last but not least, the 3 Series gets bigger exhaust tips and now measures 90 to 100mm in diameter, depending on the engine variant.
Inside, there's a new curved display that features a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and a larger 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment powered by the latest iDrive system. The result is a total screen size of 27.2 inches which makes for a wide and crystal-clear display. Features such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, onboard navigation, and three-zone automatic climate control for improved cabin convenience.
No engine specifications have been revealed yet for 2023 3 Series Touring. However, we can expect the wagon to be available with a wide array of four-cylinder turbo-gasolines and turbo-diesel engines. BMW could even offer a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version if they really want to broaden their electrified lineup.
With several new BMWs set to arrive in the country soon, SMC Asia Car Distributor Corp. will have its hands full in 2023.