The 5-Series GT is one of the most unsuccessful models BMW has ever offered. However, the company is bound and determined to get the GT formula right and has now expanding this option to new generation 3-Series.
The difference between the unsuccessful 5-Series GT and the new 3-Series GT is that the latter will drop the twin-door hatch design in favor of a normal one piece hatch. It will also be 7.87 inches longer than the standard model and offer the added bonus of more headroom due to the shooting brake layout. The four-door coupe designed body will combine a set of raised, sliding rear seats with a high lifting tailgate that should make accessing the larger cargo area very trouble-free. This formula may very well make the car a bit more successful than the 5-Series GT.
The official debut will be made next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
UPDATE 04/05/2013: BMW has just released an all-new product presentation video of the upcoming 3 Series GT. You can see the video above.
When viewed from the front, you will think you are looking at a normal BMW 3-Series, as the GT features the same slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille, striking twin headlights with LED accent lights and two large air intakes placed on both sides of the front bumper.
Once you get a glance at the side of the GT, you will notice the striking difference between it and the standard 3-Series. You will be happy to know that BMW decided to drop that ugly-looking twin-door hatch design of the 5-Series GT and has adopted a more conventional hatchback look. Still, the model has been so elegantly designed that it almost offers the look of a four-door coupe. It gets a sloping roofline and a large, automatically opening and closing tailgate. BMW also placed an active rear spoiler that reduces lift at touring speeds.
When compared to a standard 3-Series, the new GT version is about 200 mm longer (7.87 inches), features a 110 mm (4.33-inch) longer wheelbase and is 81 mm (3.18 inches) taller.
The 3-Series GT is only available in one trim level, but customers will have to choose between three different equipment levels: Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line. Each of the equipment packages can be further individualized with the M Sport package, which is slated for a July 2013 release.
BMW 3-Series GT Sport Line
- A selection of exterior features offered in high-gloss black
- Nine molded black kidney grille slats in a chrome-colored surround lend the front end a particularly sporty and alert look, and the
- Black air intakes and black air breathers
- Optional 18-inch or 19-inch light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design
- Exterior mirrors and a "wraparound" window strip, B-pillars in matching paint finish
BMW 3-Series GT Luxury Line
- Discreet high-gloss chrome touches
- 11 intricate kidney grille slats with chrome-colored fronts and matte black sides
- Two chrome blades in the front apron air intakes
- Chrome air breathers
- Chrome window surrounds
- Special 18 and 19-inch light-alloy wheels in a multi-spoke design
- High-gloss chrome strip above the rear apron
- Chrome exhaust tailpipe
BMW 3-Series GT Modern Line
- High-quality chrome exterior trim elements
- BMW kidney grille with 11 slats,
- Air breathers and the double trim strips
- 18 or 19-inch turbine-style light-alloy wheels
M Sport Package
- An all-new aerodynamic package, including: front apron with large air intake, rear bumper with diffuser, side skirts
- BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim
- Optional exterior color Estoril Blue metallic
- 18 or 19-inch light-alloy wheels in hallmark M design
Thanks to the new hatchback look, the new 3-Series GT offers increased interior space. The front and rear passengers can now enjoy a seating position increased by 59 mm (2.32 inches) and all will benefit from the extra headroom. The rear passengers will also enjoy an extra 60 mm (2.75 inches) of legroom.
The new 3-Series GT seems to be specially designed for those who need increased cargo room: it offers a cargo capacity of 520 liters (18.36 cubic-feet), plus a 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat bench with folding head restraints and tilt-adjustable backrests that will offer the possibility to further increase the trunk space.
Depending on the trim level, customers can choose between a very wide range of design forms, color scheme and materials.
BMW 3-Series GT Sport Line
- Black and red accents
- A sporty and exclusive allure heightened by the accent strips in the doors
- Standard sports seats offered with a wide choice of upholstery and colors.
BMW 3-Series GT Luxury Line
- Various chrome elements: the surround for the audio and air conditioning system
- High-gloss wood strips and seats with distinctive stitching
BMW 3-Series GT Modern Line
- Light-colored dashboard coupled
- Steering wheel in dark oyster
- Leather upholstery in oyster or black
- A choice of three trim surfaces with accent strips in pearl-effect chrome
M Sport Package
- M door sill finishers
- M leather steering wheel
- M driver’s footrest
- Front sports seats
- Lowered M Sport suspension
Just like with the standard 3-Series, the new GT version will be offered with a choice of five engines: three petrol and two diesels with power ranging from 143 to 306 horsepower. Each engine will be offered with the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The range-topping 335i Gran Turismo is the likely recipient of the 3.0-liter TwinPower engine that delivers 306 horsepower. Just below that will be the 328i Gran Turismo, which we believe will receive a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo engine that pounds out 240 horsepower. Finally, the 318d Gran Turismo – likely only to see use overseas – will get a 2.0-liter diesel engine with 105 kW (143 horsepower). The other two engines we are not too sure what to expect.
The engine will send its power to the rear wheels via a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional eight-speed automatic. Both gearboxes will feature Auto Start-Stop function to help conserve fuel.
|318d|| 2.0-liter diesel || 143 || 236 Pound-Feet (Est.) |
|328i|| 2.0-liter TwinPower (est.) || 240 (Est.) || 255 Pound-Feet (Est.) |
|335i|| 3.0-liter TwinPower || 306 || 300 Pound-Feet (Est.) |
Suspensions and brakes
The new BMW 3-Series GT comes with an advanced suspension technology that includes a large number of light-alloy components, torque-steer-free electric power steering, finely-balanced axle load distribution (50:50) and a torsionally stiff lightweight body.
The car comes standard 17-inch wheels, but depending on the trim level, customers can choose between optional 18- and 19-inch rims.
The new BMW 3-Series GT will be put on sale in the summer of 2013. Prices will be announced at a later date.
Cadillac CTS Wagon
Competition list for the new BMW 3-Series GT is a little bit different than the one of the standard 3-Series, mainly because of its increased cargo space.
You may not hear many people telling you to opt for a Cadillac instead of a BMW, but we think it’s a good option. If you have followed the automotive industry in the past few years, then you know that the CTS proved itself to be a real competitor for the German models. And so is the station wagon.
It is offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.0-liter direct-injection V-6 delivering 270 horsepower and a 3.6-liter direct-injection V-6 engine with an output of 318 horsepower. The model is priced from $39,205, and while we still have no prices on the new 3-Series GT, we are pretty sure the CTS is cheaper than the BMW model.
Yes, the new BMW 3-Series GT looks a little bit different than the 5-Series GT, but does it have what it needs to make it a successful model? BMW hopes so, and we can only hope it is right because in the upcoming future we are also going to see a 1-Series GT and we do not want to see failure after failure.
Looks pretty good; better than the 5-Series GT
Five engines to choose from
It still looks strange to us
The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo adds an innovative new concept to the successful BMW 3 Series line-up. The third body variant in the current model family combines the Sedan’s dynamic, sporting genes with the practicality and versatility of the Touring, qualities which are backed up by a palpable increase in space and driving comfort. The Gran Turismo exudes aesthetic and emotional appeal, boasts a distinctive presence on the road and offers similarly pronounced driving pleasure. All of which allows the new Gran Turismo to make a compelling case for itself as both an elegant business carriage and a dynamic, comfortable tourer.
Typical BMW proportions, four doors with frameless windows, a coupe-style, gently downward-sloping roofline and a large, automatically opening and closing tailgate define the distinctive exterior character of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. An active rear spoiler – the first of its type on a BMW – provides visual lightness and reduces lift at touring speeds. The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is 200 millimetres longer in total than the BMW 3 Series Touring, comes with a 110-millimetre longer wheelbase and stands 81 millimetres taller. However,
the clever use of proportions, surfaces and lines ensures that the
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is immediately recognisable as a member
of the new BMW 3 Series range.
Impressive long-distance comfort in a unique ambience.
Generous interior dimensions allow the passengers in every seat of the
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to sit back and enjoy an impressive feeling of space and unbeatable freedom of movement. The front and rear passengers all benefit from a seating position raised by 59 millimetres, which provides an outstanding view out and makes entry and exit significantly more comfortable. Plus, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also offers extra headroom. The increase in space will be particularly noticeable in the rear compartment, where a full 70 millimetres of additional legroom over the Sedan and Touring – giving luxury-car levels of spaciousness – is there to be enjoyed. The cocooning nature of the interior, complemented by its design forms, colour scheme and materials, creates a lounge-style ambience which allows passengers to enjoy short trips and long journeys alike in relaxed comfort.
Intelligent load area management.
The load area also reflects the car’s increased dimensions, its 520 litres of boot capacity even outstripping that of the BMW 3 Series Touring by 25 litres. The large load aperture and high-opening tailgate make access easier. Practical standard features – such as the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat bench with folding head restraints and tilt-adjustable backrests (cargo function), and the two-piece parcel shelf – underscore the impressive functionality of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The large load area can be utilised in many different ways, allowing intelligent space management. Practical features such as lashing points, multifunction hooks and an underfloor storage compartment make it even more convenient to use, while the LED strips that illuminate the cargo area emphasise the premium quality of the 3 Series Gran Turismo.
Quintessential BMW 3 Series: functional elegance, three equipment lines.
High-end material combinations and fit and finish of the highest quality underline the premium ambience on board the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The latest addition to the 3 Series family can be ordered in an entry-level version, with the Sport Line, Luxury Line or Modern Line equipment packages, or with the optional M Sport package, which will already be available from July 2013.
Three petrol and two diesel engines power the GT off the start line.
Customers can choose from a selection of five powerful, refined and economical engines – covering an output range from 105 kW/143 hp to 225 kW/306 hp– from the launch of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. All the powerplants use BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The range-topping six-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet of the BMW 335i Gran Turismo is joined by the four-cylinder petrol units in the BMW 328i Gran Turismo and BMW 320i Gran Turismo. The two 2.0-litre diesel engines powering the BMW 320d Gran Turismo and BMW 318d Gran Turismo round off the line-up at launch.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox as
standard, although BMW also offers an eight-speed automatic as an option for all engine variants. Both gearboxes link up with the fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop function.
Advanced suspension technology, featuring a large number of light-alloy components, the torque steer-free Electric Power Steering, finely-balanced axle load distribution (50:50) and a torsionally stiff lightweight body ensure outstanding handling attributes and a high degree of agility and precision.
The longer wheelbase (+ 110 mm), greater wheel diameter and baseline specification of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo– which includes 17-inch wheels – result in a car offering excellent directional stability and long-distance comfort.
In addition to its enviable practicality and sporting dynamics, the outstanding fuel economy of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also serves the cause of driving pleasure. The key here is the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, whose influence can be seen in virtually every area of the new model. Building on the good work of the ultra-frugal petrol and diesel engines, the intelligent lightweight construction concept of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismoand its optimised aerodynamics (including Air Curtains, Air Breathers and the active rear spoiler) do their bit to maximise efficiency and dynamics. And other measures, such as the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Optimum Shift Indicator and on-demand operation of ancillary components join the campaign to ensure the powerful BMW 3 Series Gran Turismoboasts impressively low fuel consumption and emissions. The economy drive doesn’t stop there, either; the car still has the potential to cut fuel use by as much as another 20 per cent using ECO PRO mode and the new ECO PRO Route function.
An extensive selection of driver assistance systems and mobility solutions, offered under the BMW ConnectedDrive programme, allows the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to set the benchmark in its segment in terms of safety, convenience and infotainment. One highlight of the range is the latest-generation full-colour Head-Up Display, which projects key information onto the windscreen in sharp resolution. Included alongside an array of other convenience and safety-enhancing assistance systems is highly effective interface technology that allows extensive use of external mobile phones and numerous Bluetooth office functions for internet-based services.
The Apps option and free BMW Connected application provide access to services such as social networks, web radio and iPhone calendar functions. Last but not least, information and office services, and travel and leisure planners using the Google Maps and Panoramio services, further increase levels of passenger comfort in the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.