It’s the end of the line for the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon in the United States as the automaker announced it won’t offer it beyond the 2019 model year.
Sadly, that means the all-new G21 generation of the 3 Series Touring (as the estate is called in Europe) won’t be offered in North America. As always, SUVs are to blame for the decision: U.S. sales of the X1 and X3 are way bigger than those of the 3 Series Sports Wagon, and both can be considered alternatives to the wagon to some extent.
But while the 3 Series wagon is a niche product in North America, things are very different in Europe where, in many countries, buyers prefer it to the sedan. This is why BMW has invested in an all-new generation that combines the dynamic characteristics of the sedan with the practicality typical of an estate.
Munich has just released a new photo gallery of the 3 Series Touring from the model’s international media launch, giving us a more detailed look at the new premium wagon.
Since this is meant to be a practical car, customers will be interested to know that the trunk can accommodate 500 liters (17 cu-ft) of cargo, which is only 5 liters (0.17 cu-ft) more than the previous generation model. However, it’s 20 liters (0.7 cu-ft) bigger than the sedan’s boot and there’s also the added bonus of folding down the rear seats (40:20:40) for a total cargo volume of 1,510 liters (53 cu-ft) – plus, you get the extra height that comes with that body style, so you can definitely fit in much more stuff if you need to.
Standard convenience features include automatic tailgate operation, separately-opening rear window and a storage compartment the for boot cover and partition net.
Everything else is just like the sedan, including the engine lineup that consists of turbocharged gasoline and diesel units with outputs ranging from 150 PS (148 hp) in the 318d to 374 PS (369 hp) in the M340i xDrive.