Crossovers will have to satisfy wagon fans on this side of the Atlantic Apkmusk

Why, oh why, won’t the automobile companies that supposedly cater to Americans give us a viable touring wagon?

Seems that BMW is one manufacturer that’s aware of the question, but skirts the answer. What’s more frustrating is that the German company, and others, have for years been off-handedly tossing out the same refrain: “Maybe we’ll bring a wagon back to the U.S.”


All the more irritating then is the news that the Bavarians have increased production in Munich of its M3 Touring longroof version to keep up with demand.

The information comes via Bimmer Today, which spoke with BMW M CEO Frank van Meel. He said that the company was surprised by the amount of interest in the M3 Touring since its debut during last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. In fact, he said, the company had to facilitate a production ramp-up within its Munich facility. Despite that increased production, the backlog of orders means that customers are still on wait lists, he said.

Last year, van Peel admitted that demand for M-wagons in the U.S. has been steadily increasing, and exporting a touring example was a concept BMW was “taking into consideration.” Crossovers certainly are this decade’s version of the wagon, which leaves American enthusiasts will few choices: only expensive versions from Audi, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz and a couple of others.

Details that were announced last year — a few months before the wagon went into production for sale in Europe, the U.K. and elsewhere — noted that the M3 Touring was only available in Competition spec with xDrive all-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six with 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Pricing started at £80,550 ($105,000 U.S.) More data on the M3’s intro here.



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