You can blame your neighbors for buying all those SUVs.
“Touring” in most parts of the world, “Sports Wagon” in the United States, the long-roof BMW 3 Series is inching closer to a new generation. Codenamed G21, the model will receive its world premiere in March 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show, but if you’re living in the United States, you’ll have to write it down on that list of forbidden fruits. That’s because the new model is not heading stateside, according to a company spokesperson cited by Car Buzz:
“BMW of North America has no plans to bring the next generation 3 Series Sports Wagon to the U.S. market.”
While that’s certainly sad news to hear for wagon fans, the truth of the matter is, people are not into this body style as much as they used to be years ago. Nowadays, it’s all about the X-Series crossovers as evidenced by the addition of the X2 and the X7 model. It’s a decision that does not actually come as a big surprise considering Mercedes doesn’t sell the C-Class Estate in United States while Audi only has the rugged A4 Allroad.
Gallery: BMW 3 Series Touring Spy Shots
Silver lining? You can still get the outgoing 3 Series Sports Wagon in the United States where it kicks off from $45,000. Having axed the diesel-fuelled 328d, BMW is offering its more practical 3er exclusively in the 330i xDrive flavour and will continue to have it for a while, even after the arrival of the revamped 3 Series Saloon slated to go on sale next March. The Gran Turismo will also soldier on for the 2019 model year, but you probably already know by now there won’t be a next generation.
BMW’s decision to not bring the 3 Series Sports Wagon is disappointing for another reason when you take into account that for the first time ever, the model is expected to spawn an M3 derivative production model. The regular M3 saloon should be out in 2020, but its estate counterpart will likely arrive at a later date in Europe to fight the Audi RS4 Avant and the Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate.