• Jul 3, 2008

While BMW's 335i Touring has been spotted testing in the California Desert, don't expect to see the 300-hp five-door in showrooms anytime soon. BMW has again confirmed that the 328i Sports Wagon, with its 230-hp powerplant and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, will be the most powerful 3 Series wagon in the States in the immediate future. We are not surprised, as this follows BMW's trend initiated when they launched the E46 3 Series Touring to the U.S. market in 2001. That model, like the current version, was never fitted with anything but the entry-level six-cylinder engine. Those who crave BMW's award-winning twin-turbo six-cylinder under the hood of their family hauler can opt for BMW's 535xi Sports Wagon. The engine, and all-wheel drive, are standard.

[Source: Autofiends]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm happy with my 335i coupe....and even though I love sports wagons I wouldn't consider the the 3 series wagons....BMW current styling theme just hasn't worked out well on their Wagons.
        • 6 Years Ago
        AUDI wagons FTW!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Deniz, I wish I could argue, but for sure the Avants look great, I'm particularly fond of the RS6 Avant, if I had the money I'd buy one in a heart beat. Right now its between them and Mercedes-Benz for the best looking sport wagons....though for me BMW still makes the best handling sedans/wagons.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please BMW bring the 3 Series wagon with a diesel and x-drive...

      My 540 (which I love) is 11 years old and while I won't part with it, it needs a sibling to replace my TLC and not willing to go with an X5 or the 535xi wagon.

      Pretty please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No problem........Cadillac CTS Wagon is a go. Way better than the 3 Series in every way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You apparently haven't driven either. I owner a 335i, and drove the CTS DI several times, and the reverse is quite true. Please, don't be a fan boy, and explain yourself.
        The 3 series is faster, handles better, has a nicer interior, uses higher quality materials, is lighter, smoother, the 6 speed is better, it gets better mpg, and it's just all around a better car. Don't get me wrong, the CTS is nice, I would own one, but not "better in everyway" then a 3 series.
        Don't be a FANBoy
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK....let's just see about this. Judging by all the new Audi and Mercedes sport wagons suddenly popping up around here, I imagine the 335i and a Diesel will be available over here in the Touring before end of year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No surprise here. BMW, just like Honda, is not bullish on selling its wagons in the USA because they will compete with the more profitable SUVs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well considering GM is toying with the idea of selling Hummer. I'm thinking that the glory days of profitability of SUV's in the US is coming to an end. Wagons on the other hand, may soon see a resurgence. I've driven a Subaru Outback wagon for a few years now and I think my automotive quiver will always contain a sporty wagon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      we don't need that the 328xi will od just fine

      i don't see many people opting for a $45k 335xi wagon in the states
        • 6 Years Ago
        exactly my thoughts

        • 6 Years Ago
        45k for a wagon too much you say? i think if you are looking at price you are ignoring that many people who opt for a bmw ignore price. and, there's nothing wrong with a very nice sports wagon. see e.g., http://www.mbusa.com/models/main.do?modelCode=E63S. a fine example of an expensive wagon (86k+) that people buy enough of to substantiate sale of said vehicle. if i had loads of money and had a need for a wagon, i'd buy one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wtf?
        • 6 Years Ago
        NO KIDDING!! If i could have any car this is seriously top of my list! I HATE HATE HATE that car companies dont think americans will embrace wagons but we get these crap CUVs instead. A little marketing and stylish wagons would steal much of the SUV CUV SUCK market of cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 3 series wagon is SO HOT! But with all that extra weight... C'mon... We need the 3.5! Pshhh
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not really a massive disappointment.

      First (re)-introduce the idea of wagons being as capable as SUVs. Once that's caught on, then introduce the idea of wagons being as capable as SUVs AND can scoot to 60 in under 5 seconds. One step at a time here...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't mind the smaller engine, but the black lower valance really makes the back end look hot. I wish the 328 had it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The black part is M-Tech.

      • 6 Years Ago
      no surprise, but may be if they want to start getting ready for 2015 CAFE standards they should consider dumping oversized junk like the x6 from their line up and consider providing better wagon options in the states.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i hate you BMW and i hate you Subaru for no LGT wagon in the US
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