A new model has been added to the BMW 3-series lineup for the first time since the launch of the short-lived Compact in 1993. The template of the bigger 5-series GT has been used on this new high-riding 3-series GT. Compared to the 3-series Touring (which was used as its basis), this new model is longer, taller, and wider. BMW asserted that the 3-series GT has the good looks of the coupé but it’s as practical as the 3-series Touring.
It also boasts of having the dynamics of the 3-series saloon. On the launch date of the five-seat 3-series GT, it will already be available with five engines. These include the top-of-the-line 302bhp 335i model and the 320d, which will probably be the top-selling variant. It is slated to begin selling in the UK in late spring.
It has a starting price of about £1500 higher than an equivalent 3-series Touring model. The 3-series GT has the following measurements: length of 4824mm, width of 1828mm, and height of 1508mm. This means that compared to the 3-series Touring, it is longer by 200mm, wider by 17mm, and taller by 79mm.
In addition, the wheelbase is 110mm longer at 2920mm. As a result, it has 70mm bigger legroom for rear passengers, more than in a 5-series saloon. Furthermore, the 3-series GT has a boot capacity of 520 litres, which is 25 litres higher than the 3-series Touring. Since the split rear bench folds 40/20/40, the car’s LED strip light-illuminated loading area has been improved up to 1600 litres.
The car’s capacity to carry bulky loads is increased due to a low-loading lip and wide boot opening. An electric tailgate is offered as standard. The 3-series GT is designed to be a lot sleeker than that of the huge 5-series GT. It has the basic features of the 3-series models carried over from the saloon and Touring models plus a sloping roofline, frameless doors and an active rear spoiler that instantly pushes speeds to higher than 68mph.
The driving position of the interior is increased by 59mm over the standard 3-series. BMW has said that three grownups can comfortably sit on the rear bench.