Citing unnamed sources, BMW Blog is reporting the oddly styled hatchback will be dropped once the current car goes out of production in 2020. Nothing is official, but the publication says the latest report matches up with earlier rumors that suggested the 3-Series GT and 4-Series Gran Coupe would be merged into one model.
We’re taking the report with a grain of salt, but it’s possible that sales of the 3-Series GT never lived up to expectations. BMW doesn’t break down sales figures for individual model variants but, when the company introduced the facelifted 3-Series GT in 2016, the automaker said the car’s biggest markets were China, Germany and the United States. The company also said the majority of buyers were new to the BMW brand.
Of course, a lot of things have happened since the 3-Series GT was launched in 2013. Demand for crossovers has soared in the past few years, especially in markets such as China and the United States.
Given this shift in consumer preferences, it’s possible that BMW decided there wasn’t enough demand to warrant a second-generation 3-Series GT. The company could have also determined the massive 3- and 4-Series lineup – which includes a sedan, wagon, coupe, convertible, liftback and hatchback – was simply too large.
Even if the 3-Series GT does get dropped, customers will still be able to purchase the 3-Series Touring. The wagon is arguably better looking and more practical as it can hold up to 61.5 cubic feet (1,741.4 liters) of luggage. The wagon is also slightly more affordable as US pricing starts at $45,000 which is $400 less than the 3-Series GT.