The news has been confirmed. Crossovers have won.
If you’re keen on buying a new BMW 3 Series wagon then you’d better act fast because we can now officially confirm the body style won’t return to the US with the upcoming G20 generation. A BMW spokesperson has confirmed to CarBuzz that “BMW of North America has no plans to bring the next generation 3 Series Sports Wagon to the US market.”
So that’s that. No more wondering, for the few who did. What do we mean by that? American BMW customers want crossovers, such as the hot-selling X3 and all-new X2. Wagons have not been popular in the US for some time, and BMW has ultimately decided to stop selling them due to low demand. It’s basic business.
Although we don’t have exact figures breaking down wagon versus sedan sales numbers, it’s not like you see 3 Series wagons on the road very often. Currently, the outgoing model is available in only one configuration: the 330i xDrive, powered by a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder with 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, with power directed to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 328d turbo diesel wagon will cease production this month.
Last summer we learned BMW is expected to sell the new G20 generation 3 Series sedan alongside the outgoing F31 wagon and Gran Turismo when it goes on sale next spring. Both wagon and Gran Turismo will be 2019 models.
Our spy photographers previously caught test mules of the new G20 generation 3 Series Sports Wagon and, along with leaked patent images, we already know more or less what it will look like. Too bad Americana won’t see it in the flesh unless they travel to an overseas market, such as Europe, where it will be sold. BMW also could not provide an official reveal date for the next 3 wagon, though we suspect this will happen at Geneva in March. But it doesn’t matter much now does it?
BMW has sold the 3 Series wagon in the US since the E46 generation, but that’s now sadly come to an end. Mercedes-Benz, interestingly, still sells its C-Class wagon in Canada but not the US. The E-Class wagon is what Americans can buy.