First-ever Touring version of classic M-car shown at company HQ
Wagon will not be imported to the U.S.
We’re not going to call this one a surprise, though it’s definitely still disappointing. The BMW M3 Touring, which BMW is showing off leaving the M HQ on social media, is not coming to the U.S.
This will mark the first time that BMW has made a Touring, their code for wagon, version of the company’s hottest compact sedan, a beast expected to be powered by a 3.0L twin-turbo I6 making up to 503 hp in Competition trim and sharing an engine with the X3 and X4 M crossovers.
And it’s likely those exceptionally powerful M crossovers that are the reason the Touring won’t be imported, with BMW spokesperson Oleg Stanovsky confirming to Motor Authority that no, the M3 Touring won’t be coming to the U.S. The standard BMW 3 Series was dropped in that market in 2019 because buyers don’t want cars, they want crossovers, trucks, and SUVs, with BMW happy to supply an increasingly wide range of those vehicles.
This one would have undercut the current big-dog wagons in the states, the Audi RS6 Avant and the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, both massively powerful, massively large, and commanding prices into the six-figure range.
BMW’s Instagram post shows the wagon idling out of the HQ gate, then powering casually up the road, and while it’s thoroughly wrapped in camouflage we can see the car’s most important features. The massive kidney grilles, the long roof and extra rear glass, and the quad tailpipes poking out from below the hatch.