Either BMW read the hallowed pages of CCT and realized that we must be right about a severe lack of wagons in the Chinese market, or perhaps they have a very good product development team that are continually raking the BMW product portfolio for something the Chinese consumers might be interested in. Perhaps both, but we prefer the former idea.
BMW has so far introduced the 5-Series wagon into China to a muted success – the 5-series wagon is selling but is obviously outstripped by the X3 and X5 SUV offerings as well as having competition from the 5-GT. The 3-Series wagon was introduced today in Chengdu where pricing was announced from 390,000RMB for the base 2.0T rising to just over 560,000RMB for the 328 with an M performance package. Not entirely bad for an imported model, the domestically made stretched wheelbase 3-series is in the same price range with the same power options.
Strangely enough, the 3-Series GT starts at 440,500 for the same 2.0T powered engine. Would you rather have a wagon or a GT?