Will America be left out (again)?
This latest BMW M3 will arrive with a manual transmission and rear-wheel-drive will also be available on the soon-to-be-revealed G20 generation model. And now we understand that BMW has very quietly given the production green light for an M3 Touring, aka a wagon.
The information comes from BMW Blog who states that "a trusted source" familiar with BMW's product plans has revealed the M3 Touring will arrive sometime after 2023. The G60-based M3 sedan and M4 coupe are expected to debut as early as next month. So why is the very real potential of an M3 Touring such a big deal? For starters, enthusiasts have been begging BMW to build such a model for years, but to no avail. To this day, there has never been an M3 Touring.
Occasionally we find homemade versions where a donor M3 engine was shoehorned into a 3 Series wagon but why is BMW suddenly willing to give a certain group of enthusiasts the car they've always wanted in an era where SUVs rule? It's not like sales of the BMW X3 or X3 M have suddenly plunged.
One possible answer could be that the upcoming G60 M3 is very suitable for the wagon treatment because it'll have optional all-wheel drive. In other words, it would be an even better daily driver and, therefore, more marketable. Would this mean it won't have the RWD/manual combo? Again, it's way too soon to know.
Another interesting theory for its existence may have to do with the expected massive and controversial front grille design, first revealed on the new 4 Series. Not everyone is a fan, to put it mildly. Offering a wagon could be a way for BMW to make amends to those who don't like the new design but have been clamoring for a wagon for years.
But say if this rumor is true, will the M3 Touring be sold outside of Europe, specifically the US. Unlikely for one simple reason: the regular G20 3 Series Touring is already forbidden fruit in America. For now, BMW has neither confirmed nor denied this rumor, so let's hope for the best, even if America isn't on the list.