BMW Kills 3 Series Wagon in the U.S., New-Gen Wagon Will Only Be Offered Overseas
BMW confirmed Monday that it will not sell the redesigned G20 generation of its 3 Series sedan in the station wagon body style to American customers.
The Bavarian automaker will continue to manufacture and market the 3 Series wagon elsewhere, possibly even as an M3 wagon, but not stateside. Some automakers sell wagon variants of their sedans in North American markets outside the U.S. such as the Mercedes-Benz C-class. The Drive contacted BMW regarding its plans for the 3 Series wagon in Canada and Mexico, but we’ve yet to hear back.
"BMW of North America has no plans to bring the next generation 3 Series Sports Wagon to the US market," a company spokesperson told CarBuzz.
Wagons have become increasingly unpopular with American consumers over the last three decades, with the minivan, SUV, and crossover successively hammering nails into the body style’s coffin. Even the sedans on which they’re based make up a decreasing proportion of new vehicle sales every year, with crossovers tempting swaying many buyers that may otherwise end up in a wagon or minivan.
Availability of other niche options on the G20 generation of 3 series is being scaled back as well, especially with regard to manual transmissions. Three-pedal models will be available only as entry-level 318d or 320d diesel models, whose availability stateside will be slim to none. The classic enthusiast’s choice will be replaced by a paddle-shifted, eight-speed "sport automatic" on the majority of 3 Series sold, sporting M models included.
via TheDrive http://www.thedrive.com
December 10, 2018 at 11:51PM