BMW enthusiasts in the United States have long been clamoring for a viable touring wagon, but it seems that their pleas are falling on deaf ears. While BMW acknowledges the demand, they have yet to bring a wagon back to the U.S., much to the frustration of American car enthusiasts.
To add insult to injury, recent reports reveal that BMW has actually increased production of its M3 Touring long roof version in Munich to meet the growing demand. According to BMW M CEO Frank van Meel, the company was taken aback by the overwhelming interest in the M3 Touring, which debuted at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Van Meel had previously acknowledged the rising demand for M-wagons in the U.S. and mentioned that BMW was considering the concept of exporting a touring model stateside. However, American enthusiasts seeking a wagon are left with limited options, as crossovers have taken over the market. Only Audi, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, and a few others offer expensive alternatives.
The M3 Touring, which went into production last year for sale in Europe and the U.K., is exclusively available in Competition spec with xDrive all-wheel drive. It boasts a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six engine generating 503 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.