Let’s hope it doesn’t remain forbidden fruit in America.
Last week, the brand-new 2019 BMW 3 Series made its triumphant debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Currently, it’s only available as a sedan, but if its predecessor is anything to go by BMW will introduce alternative body styles. While a next-generation 3 Series Gran Turismo has already been ruled out, leaked patent images posted by BMWBlog seemingly reveal the design of the new G21 3 Series Touring, which is sold as the 3 Series Wagon in the US. While the sports wagon is slated to arrive next spring, it isn’t yet clear if it will be sold in the US.
Compared to the sedan, the 3 Series Wagon features a stretched roofline and an elongated Hofmeister kink, but the styling has otherwise been carried over as you would expect, including the new double-kidney grille that seamlessly merges with the full-LED headlights. Overall, the sedan’s design language applies well to the wagon body style as the new BMW 3 Series Wagon looks slick and sporty, despite being larger and wider than its predecessor. The model shown in the patent images also appears to be equipped with the Sport Line package, which is also available for the sedan.
Like the sedan, the 3 Series Wagon will ride on flexible CLAR architecture for vehicles with rear-wheel drive. The sedan’s interior is also a massive step up in quality and tech with more premium materials and the new BMW Live Cockpit consisting of 8.8-inch digital touchscreen and 5.7-inch digital instrument display, so we’re expecting to see the same improvements in the new wagon.
In terms of powertrains, the new 3 Series Wagon is expected to be offered with the same range of turbocharged engines as its sedan sibling, including a 2.0-liter inline-four with 255 hp and 295 lb-ft for the 330i model and a range of diesel engines in Europe. A range-topping M340i model will also arrive with a new version of the straight-six delivering 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. We’re hoping the new BMW 3 Series Wagon doesn’t remain forbidden fruit in the US, but America's unrelenting appetite for SUVs and crossovers might make it difficult for BMW to make a business case.