A purer tourer
BMW takes the fight to SUVS with its latest wagon — but will the strategy backfire?
Bmwworld. Sadly the 330d— with its 190kw/520nm 3.0-litre six-cylinder oiler —– is not on the cards for Australia.
‘‘ The 330d will not be on offer at launch for either the sedan or the Touring,’’ BMW’S Scott Croaker says. ‘‘ It’s not off the table but it’s not under consideration at the moment. The (wagon) line-up won’t be as extensive as the sedan lineup at launch. We’ll start with maybe the 328i and 320d.’’
Absent from the opening overseas line-up are the 320i and 335i.
Fuel-saving stop-start systems are integrated with both transmission choices: a six-speed manual or an eightspeed automatic. As with the sedan, a manual won’t be listed in the local catalogue and comes only by special order.
BMWIS trumpeting that the load compartment has more space than any of the Touring’s rivals— a 35-litre increase in cargo capacity taking the figure to 495 litres.
BMWIS desperate to stem the dominance of MercedesBenz’s C-class, so is likely to price the wagon as sharply as the sedan, with perhaps a smaller premium over the fourdoor than is customary.
Croaker saysbmwhopes to lure some buyers away from SUVS.
‘‘ We’re anticipating that the wagon is going to play a big part in combating the SUV market, with buyers who are still looking for versatility,’’ he says.
Of course, there is every risk some of those buyers may be tempted away frombmw’s own SUVS.
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