BMW is Killing the BMW 3 Series GT but We Refuse to Let it Go With a New Rendering
A forbidden fruit? Not for us!by Andy Nedel, on
BMW is reportedly going to kill off the 3-Series Gran Turismo, the more practical, slightly taller, longer, and roomier hatchback version of BMW’s bread and butter sedan. Apparently, there is no longer a justification to make a new one as its slot in the range will be filled by new SUV models.
Australia’s Motoring talked to BMW’s global development chief, Klaus Frohlich, on the sidelines of the 2018 Paris motor show and in the context of an all-new 3-Series being launched at the venue.
Previous rumors pointed to the 3 GT’s demise, but as Frohlich noted, that “when we did the GT we saw that in demographic change people want to sit a little more upright. But then you saw X1 and X3 you can sit upright, and you feel younger.”
He concluded by saying "this segment is under pressure from SUVs, which are having no disadvantage in fuel consumption or in ride and handling. So There are seven or eight 3 and 4 Series derivatives. You can do ten derivatives, but you will not sell more,”
What he’s basically saying is that the 3 GT never really sold particularly well and that the people who want the taller vehicle with more space and practicality can just get an SUV instead.
But what if BMW did make a new 3 GT based on the latest generation 3-Series?
It might look like the rendering I made for the purpose of illustrating this article and also because I was actually one of the few people who really liked the 3 GT - I understood what BMW was trying to do with it: to offer crossover space and practicality, but with the look and feel of a sedan... or hatchback. I think that while SUVs and crossover make many people fairly happy, the 3 GT made a few people very happy indeed and it’s a bit of a shame it isn’t getting a follow-up.
Read our full review on the 2019 BMW 3 Series.
Read our full review on the 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.