BMW’s most spacious compact sedan gets a mild update

The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is the latest variation of the company’s iconic 3 Series sedan and was introduced in 2013, two years after the standard, sixth-generation four-door made its public debut. Developed with customers looking for a smaller, sportier version of the 5 Series GT in mind, the 3 Series GT has a longer wheelbase, taller body, and hatchback-like rear end compared to the standard 3 Series. Engine options are virtually the same, except for the M version, which has yet to be offered on the GT model as of 2016.

After three years on the market, the 3 Series GT has received its first mid-cycle revision. Not surprisingly, changes are in line with the facelifted sedan and wagon version of the compact model. Specifically, styling revisions are rather mild on the outside, while the interior gains only a handful of updates. The most important additions are in the drivetrain department, where BMW introduced three new turbocharged gasoline engines.

The facelifted 3 Series Gran Turismo goes on sale in summer 2016 and will likely stay in showrooms until at least 2018, when the next-generation sedan is rumored to break cover. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the new features available on the current 3 Series GT.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

  • 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo
  • Year:
    2017
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    184 @ 5000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    214 @ 1350
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    143 mph
  • Price:
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  • Overall:
    8.5/10

Exterior

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Much like the facelifted 3 Series, the GT features only a few nips and tucks on the outside. There are mild changes in the front and rear bumper areas, but the real highlight of the update are the new standard LED headlamps with new clusters and LED fog lamps. Around back, the GT sports updated taillights with a new LED pattern that gives it a more aggressive stance. BMW now offers two new metallic finishes and the flashy Estoril Blue hue. The latter is available exclusively for the M Sport trim, but customers opting for Sport Line or Luxury Line have plenty of colors to choose from thanks to the vehicle’s extensive palette. As always, buyers looking to stand out can pick between the numerous bespoke hues available through the Individual program.

Interior

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This is where the 3 Series GT received a lot more attention. The facelift brings upgraded materials and trim for a more sophisticated feel, as well as the latest version of the BMW Navigation system. The latter has the most important menu items now displayed in a clear, tile-based layout, for easier access, while linking up mobile phones has become more convenient thanks to inductive charging.

The facelift brings upgraded materials and trim for a more sophisticated feel, as well as the latest version of the BMW Navigation system

Technology-aside, the sedan gained extra chrome around the center stack and console controls, new wood inserts, and new colors and leather trim variants. As far as space goes, the configuration remained unchanged, meaning rear-seat passengers will continue to benefit from the extra legroom that comes with the 4.33-inch longer wheelbase. Up front, the seating position is raised by 2.32 inches compared to the standard 3 Series offering the driver excellent all-around visibility.

The large tailgate opens to reveal a trunk that offers at least 18.36 cubic feet of luggage room. With the rear seats folded flat, space increases to a whopping 56.5 cubic feet.

Drivetrain

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Under the hood, the GT’s engine lineup mimics the standard 3 Series’ and gains three new gasoline units. The entry-level model uses a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 184 horsepower, while the mid-level 330i gets a similar four-banger with 252 horses on tap. As for the range-topping gasoline model, the 340i with the 326-horsepower 3.0-liter inline-six replaces the previous 335i.

Under the hood, the GT's engine lineup mimics the standard 3 Series' and gains three new gasoline units.

Moving over to diesel models, the 3 Series GT comes in no fewer than five flavors. There’s the base 318d with 150 horses, the 320d with 190 horsepower, and the 325d with 224 horses. The 330d cranks out 258 horsepower, while the range-topping 335d comes with 313 horses on tap. All powerplants are 2.0-liter four-cylinders. xDrive AWD is available on most trims, while transmission choices include the six-speed manual transmission and the eight-speed automatic gearbox. The former is standard on the 320i, 318d, and 320d, while the rest are equipped with the Steptronic automatic.

Both gearboxes have been updated for quicker shifting and improved fuel efficiency. The auto start-stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand operation of ancillary units, and the ECO PRO mode also help the facelifted BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo return better fuel economy.

Gasoline Engines

BMW 320i Gran Turismo BMW 330i Gran Turismo BMW 340i Gran Turismo
Config/No of cyls/valves In-line/4/4 In-line/4/4 In-line/6/4
Effective capacity cc 1,998 1,998 2,998
Max output 184 HP @ 5,000 RPM 252 HP @ 5,200 RPM 326 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Max Torque 214 LB-FT @ 1,350–4,250 RPM 258 LB-FT @ 1,450–4,800 RPM 332 LB-FT @ 1,380–5,000 RPM
0–100 km/h (62 mph) 8.0 seconds 6.1 seconds 5.1 seconds
Top Speed km/h 230 km/h 250 km/h 250 km/h

Diesel Engines

BMW 318d Gran Turismo BMW 320d Gran Turismo BMW 325d Gran Turismo BMW 330d Gran Turismo BMW 335d xDrive Gran Turismo
Config/No of cyls/valves In-line/4/4 In-line/4/4 In-line/6/4 In-line/6/4
Effective capacity cc 1,995 1,995 1,995 2,993 2,993
Max output 150 HP @ 4,000 RPM 190 HP @ 4,000 RPM 224 HP @ 4,400 RPM 258 HP @ 4,000 RPM 313 HP @ 4,400 RPM
Max Torque 236 LB-FT @ 1,500–3,000 RPM 295LB-FT @ 1,750–2,500 RPM 332 LB-FT @ 1,500–3,000 RPM 413 LB-FT @ 1,500–3,000 RPM 465 LB-FT @ 1,500–2,500 RPM
0–100 km/h (62 mph) 9.3 seconds 7.8 seconds 6.4 seconds 5.7 seconds 4.9 seconds
Top Speed km/h 210 km/h 230 km/h 240 km/h 250 km/h 250 km/h

Prices

Pricing information is not yet available, but the sticker shouldn’t change much compared to the outgoing model. The latter retails from $43,000 in the United States (base model - 328i xDrive) and from €37,500 in Germany (base model - 318d).

Competition

Audi A5 Sportback

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Launched in 2009, the Audi A5 Sportback is the main reason why BMW developed the 3 Series Gran Turismo in the first place. Based on the A5 Coupe, the Sportback features the two-door’s front section, but a four-door coupe body with a tailgate instead of the more traditional trunk lid. Inside, it is actually based on the A4 sedan, sporting three seats in the rear compartment and significantly more legroom than its coupe sibling. Naturally, the trunk is also larger and provides easier access to large objects. Much like the Bimmer, it is sold with an array of gasoline and diesel engines. The gas range include the 1.8 TFSI with 144 or 177 horsepower, the 2.0 TFSI with 230 horses, and the 3.0 TFSI with 272 horsepower. On the diesel front we have the 2.0 TDI with 136, 150, 163 or 190 ponies, and the 3.0 TDI with 218 or 245 horsepower. The only issue with the A5 Sportback is that it is not sold globally and it can’t be purchased in the U.S. In Germany it retails from €33,150, which converts to around $37,035 at current exchange rates.

Find out more about the Audi A5 Sportback here.

Conclusion

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BMW’s Gran Turismo range is somewhat controversial, mainly because it adds a lot of confusion to the company’s nameplates. For instance, the 6 Series GT is the four-door version of the two-door 7 Series, while the 4 Series GT is the four-door version of the two-door 3 Series. Pretty confusing right? Well, at least the 3 Series GT keeps things simpler and can be described a slightly longer, roomier, and more the utilitarian version of the standard sedan. While the GT isn’t exactly pretty to my eyes, beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and some appreciate the sporty looks of the 3 Series combined with the crossoverish stance that comes with the Gran Turismo badge. But, while the GT stands out thanks to its added legroom and cargo space, its expensive sticker — a $10,000 premium over the base 3 Series in the U.S. — is a major drawback even for customers looking for a premium means of transportation.

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    • Crossover-like stance kinda ruins the 3 Series’ looks
    • Very expensive relative to the standard sedan

Press Release

At 4,824 millimetres in length, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is around 200 millimetres longer than the other members of the BMW 3 Series family. And that takes it close to luxury-class territory. The design of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, which has been sculpted to visibly greater dynamic effect at both the front and rear, heightens the impression of class. The new, standard-fitted LED headlights for dipped and high beam and the LED front foglamps lend the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo a more sporting appearance. The car has a visually broader stance on the road. And the combination of updated LED rear lights and more zestful lines brings extra brawn to the rear styling.

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The interior of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has an even more sophisticated feel, thanks to upgraded materials and accents. Extra chrome around the interior controls, and new decorative wood elements, colours and leather trim variants take perceived quality to another new level, while the interior’s haptic and ergonomic attributes have also been further enhanced. Sportiness coupled with the elegance of a coupe, the comfort and convenience of four doors, a seating position raised by 59 millimetres with excellent all-round visibility, and a generous feeling of space have always been key reasons to purchase a BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The space argument is particularly persuasive in the rear compartment, where three full-size seats and legroom more familiar from a luxury sedan – courtesy of a wheelbase lengthened by 110 millimetres (now 2,920 millimetres) – await. The large tailgate, meanwhile, opens to reveal a boot offering 520 to 1,600 litres of load space and allowing extremely varied use.

The latest version of the BMW Navigation system Professional will now also be offered in the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo – the first time a mid-size model has been available with the upgraded system. The most important menu items are now displayed in a clear, tile-based style, which makes operating the system even more intuitive. Linking up mobile phones has become more convenient, as smartphones can now also be charged and connected to the car’s external aerial wirelessly via an inductive tray.

New engine family: higher outputs, lower fuel consumption.
The new generation of engines available for the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo offer compelling levels of sports performance, agility and economy. The range consists of three all-new petrol units developing 135 kW/184 hp to 240 kW/326 hp and five diesel variants producing 110 kW/150 hp to 230 kW/313 hp – with classical rear-wheel drive or BMW xDrive all-wheel drive, with manual or Steptronic automatic transmission (fuel consumption combined: 7.7–4.3 l/100 km [36.7– 65.7 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 175–112 g/km)*. All the four- and six-cylinder petrol engines and four-cylinder diesels are taken from the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine family and enjoy the benefits of cutting-edge BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The arrival of the updated BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo sees the new petrol engines slotting into this model’s line-up as well. An all-new addition to the diesel ranks, meanwhile, is the BMW 325d Gran Turismo. The other four-cylinder diesels have been available to customers since the launch of the new engine generation in summer 2015.

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Considerable efficiency gains have been made with the new engines, despite their increased output. The reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions range from 4.5 per cent in the BMW 318d Gran Turismo to 13,8 per cent for the BMW 320d Gran Turismo. And further improved manual and automatic transmissions, the Auto Start Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand operation of ancillary units and the ECO PRO mode also help the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to set the benchmark for fuel economy and emissions.

The BMW 320i Gran Turismo, 318d Gran Turismo and 320d Gran Turismo come as standard with the six-speed manual gearbox, but can also be ordered with the eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission as an option. All other engine variants feature the automatic as standard. And that means three more variants of the car (the BMW 330i Gran Turismo, BMW 340i Gran Turismo and BMW 325d Gran Turismo) are offered exclusively with the efficient Steptronic unit than was the case with the outgoing model. Improvements in efficiency, an increase in ratio spread and a reduction in converter slip during the gear-change process bring about a three per cent drop in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. At the same time, customers can expect both driving comfort and shift comfort to be heading in the opposite direction.

All petrol-engined BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo variants and the diesel-powered BMW 320d Gran Turismo and BMW 330d Gran Turismo can be specified as an option with BMW xDrive. The BMW 335d xDrive Gran Turismo has this all-wheel-drive technology as standard.

A total of 18 engine, transmission and drive configurations are therefore available for the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

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Three equipment lines to choose from.
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo customers can choose between Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport variants. The Estoril Blue colour shade is available exclusively for M Sport models. The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is fitted with an extensive selection of equipment items as standard, including automatic climate control, keyless engine ignition, Servotronic, six airbags, LED headlights for dipped and high beam, LED front foglamps, a high-resolution colour screen with iDrive Controller, a hands-free facility for phone calls – including a USB port and Bluetooth audio streaming – and a leather multifunction steering wheel. Greater freedom with interior and exterior equipment combinations opens up a wider range of possibilities to customers. Two new metallic paint finishes are available, as are three new wheel rim designs and additional upholstery variants and interior trim strips.

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