Pour One Out for Another Wagon: BMW Will Not Renew the Stretched 3 Series
Has the crossover craze taken another victim? Or is it just simply a case of a rare body style not drawing sales?
Itâ€™s not like wagons (with some exceptions â€” ahem, Subaru) were selling like gangbusters before the current crossover trend took off.
Still, the BMW 3 Series wagon has garnered attention from enthusiasts in search of utility. But, alas, it appears that the next-generation 3 Series wonâ€™t be sold with a wagon variant, at least not in these United States.
A BMW spokesperson had this to say to Autoblog about the possibility of a wagon variant of the upcoming G20 3 Series: â€œThere are no current plans to bring a Sports Wagon version of the new BMW 3 Series to the U.S.â€
That does leave the door open if the company changes its mind. After all, Volvo still offers premium wagons, and Jaguar launched its XF Sportbrake just last year. So there may be a market for premium wagons â€“ but BMW probably figures its brand intenders will be just as happy with an X2 or X3.
Weâ€™re not counting the Regal TourX here â€“ while Buick is an entry-luxury brand, the TourX might not be cross-shopped against the 3 that much. Still, Buickâ€™s decision to launch that car not too long ago suggests that OEMs at least think there is still a wagon market. OEMs except for BMW, apparently.
That said, automakers rarely sell a car thatâ€™s not helping the bottom line, and itâ€™s possible that 3 Series wagon sales were too low to justify the cost of selling it here, crossover fever or not. BMW doesnâ€™t break out the sales numbers separately.
The 3 Series wagon will remain on sale through the 2019 model year, with one version available. That will be the all-wheel-drive, turbocharged four-cylinder 330i xDrive.
Wagon now, or forever drive a crossover, apparently.
via The Truth About Cars https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com
December 10, 2018 at 11:26PM