Rumor: Bmw 3-Series GT to arrive as the 4-Series

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 28, 2011

Ok, we’ll have to classify this as the ‘rumor of the week’: the upcoming Bmw 3-Series GT may come as the 4-Series, at least according to German magazine Auto Motor und Sport. This means that the car might be a direct competitor to the Audi A5 Sportback and the Volkswagen Passat CC, and honestly to tell you in this segment there is still room for competitors.

We do admit that we’d like to see a stylish Bmw, but let’s just hope that the car will not be inspired by the 5-Series GT.

In our opinion, a smaller Bmw 6-Series Grand Coupe would be the perfect choice, and Bmw will definitely become a leader in the segment. Moreover, we might believe that the new Bmw 4-Series will be more expensive than the 3-Series, as it will be offered as a premium model and this is something we don’t like.

Still, the new model is still far away as the new 3-Series will be introduced in 2012. But until the new car will make its debut on the market, Bmw will introduce the 6-Series Grand Coupe, a car based on the recently launched 2012 Bmw 6-Series Coupe according to BimmerToday, which will take on cars such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the brand new 2011 Audi A7 Sportback, which was launched back in September, at the 2011 Paris Motor Show.

Though the striking front end of the new Gran Turismo reveals its family ties with the BMW 3-Series, it brings its own distinctive flavor into the blend. Its wide, powerful BMW kidney grille plus modified front apron emphasize the vehicle’s sporting nature whereas eye-catching twin headlights that include corona rings (in case xenon headlights are mentioned) and LED accent lighting create a stunning visual unit with the kidneys that slightly slant forward and strengthen the sense of presence.

The headlights’ silhouette is larger than that of the Sedan. Underneath the headlights, large air intakes highlight the Gran Turismo’s sporting personality as the apertures for aerodynamically motivated Air Curtains do. The contours of the bonnet are smoother than that of the Sedan and Touring. The kidney grille stays as the most prominent design cue because it draws the front end’s visual focus into the road as well as gives a lower-slung look and sportier feel to the car. An additional feature that makes the BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo easy to identify is the blades located in the front apron’s outer air intakes.

Elegant Side View: Coupe-Style Roofline

The link joining the front and rear of the BMW 3-Series GT is noticeably seamless. The hallmark proportions of the BMW and its coupe-style roofline (which slopes down into the rear) lengthen the car’s silhouette whereas its strongly snug surfaces and rising lines provide the flanks with their innate dynamic verve. The roofline’s smooth transition towards the rear creates more interior space as it showcases the Turismo’s desired functionality.

The Gran Turismo is BMW’s first model ever to display an active rear spoiler. It retracts virtually without being seen, hardly leaving a ripple in the roofline. One feature, which is clearly seen from the side, is the forward-surging kidney slats darting up toward the bonnet, emphasizing the Gran Turismo’s agile character.

The double swage line consisting of two character lines running along side by side is the dominant theme of the vehicle’s flanks -- a feature that’s important to the overall look of the new BMW 3-Series. Seen together with the prominent door sill line, it reinforces the dynamic wedge shape of the body. The window graphic is set high, rising a bit at the Hofmeister kink and emphasizing the exterior design’s clear forward orientation.

The BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo includes a new element in the presence of the Air Breathers. Located behind the front wheels, they aim to reduce drag in the area of the wheel arches. Air Breathers join forces with Air Curtains to give emphasis to the car’s sporting character and offer tangible proof of ground-breaking aerodynamic solutions that BMW devised as part of the development strategy of BMW Efficient Dynamics.

Rear View: Powerful Tail End with Attention-Grabbing Functionality

Horizontal surfaces highlight the Gran Turismo’s rear and give emphasis to its muscular width and steadfast roadholding. Underneath the spoiler is a wraparound section, which has a very flat look and visually gives a lower stance to the rear. The interchange of light and shadows across surfaces creates dynamism even if the car is at a standstill.

Extended rear lights with the traditional BMW L-shaped design, extend further into the sides of the vehicle to add more presence to the Gran Turismo's powerful width and make it appear lower to the ground. Two included LED bars give a slim light design and make sure that the Gran Turismo's distinguishing look remains the same, whether day or night. At the same time, the large tailgate exhibits the functionality and versatility of the latest BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo. It permits the best possible access to the load area and its wide and generously sized aperture makes it easier to load/unload even the bulkiest items.

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