BMW Says No To PHEV Wagons


The Touring models might remain the only exception to electrification in the brand’s lineup.

BMW is on track to electrify most of its models in the next couple of years, but, according to a new report from our friends at BMW Blog, the station wagon vehicles from the brand won’t receive electric boost.

BMW 5 Series Wagon

During a private event in Belgium, the local BMW team has confirmed the information to reporters, saying that the current 3 Series Touring and 5 Series Touring won’t be available with PHEV technology. That’s quite surprising, given the large market share wagons have in Europe and especially in Germany, and also considering the easily transferable hybrid technology.At this point, it’s not clear whether this decision affects only the current generations of the two models or the same could be expected for their successors as well.

In general, BMW aims to have at least 25 electrified models in its lineup by 2025, including 12 fully electric vehicles and an M model. These cars should account for between 15 and 25 percent of the brand’s total sales.

“We will be increasing the share of electrified models across all brands and model series,” Harald Krüger, BMW boss, announced earlier this month.

“And, yes, that also includes the Rolls-Royce brand and BMW M vehicles. Furthermore, we are currently gearing all BMW Group plants towards e-mobility. In the future, we will be able to equip all our models with every drivetrain.”

Source: BMW Blog

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Not doing wagons & touring hints at BMW’s established pattern of small PHEV batteries, and an I-brand known for its 3 gallon gas tanks.

Why are we “quite surprised”?

Soon BMW will be saying NO to half it’s line up.

They might have done the math and realized that if they had to choose between the wagon and some SUV/SAV or M car, that the SUV/SAV or M car was a better return on their investment. That they would reduce fleet-wide CO2 emissions by more with some other car.

It isn’t like they only have one PHEV, and they refuse to build any other models with their PHEV technology. They are clearly moving in the right direction with the total number of cars that they offer as EV’s/BEVx’s/PHEV’s even if it isn’t as fast or with as much range as many may want.

Wagons, tall-wagons, SUVified-wagons are the new terms popping up in the industry.

If Wagons are sold as separate models: For ex- 3W or W3 for 3 series BMW instead of add on to a sedan, it will sell very well and Subaru Outback is the best example. It will be nice if BMW launches PHEV wagon with a separate model name and its marketed as space functional vehicle.

Ah! Now I see where insideEVs gets it from…

Why say ‘electrify’ when you can say ‘hybridize’ and not sow total confusion amongst the uninitiated?