2013 BMW 3-Series GT to debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Anita Panait, on February 23, 2012

Spy cameras have captured what is believed to be the new BMW 3 Series GT, spiking speculations that company’s newest addition is coming out soon to join the saloon, Coupe and Touring estate. Just a prototype some time ago, it seems the 3 Series GT will have a production model built later.

The 3 Series GT features a higher ride height than its siblings, a raised driving position, shorter overhangs and muscular wheel arches.

With these features, the 3 Series GT is expected to provide more legroom than any other 3 Series.  The 3 Series GT also features a two-piece tailgate to allow small items to be loaded without the opening the entire cargo area.

BMW is expected to offer in two drive configurations: rear and all-wheel. Power is likely to be sourced from 3 Series engines and transmitted to the wheels through an eight-speed gearbox. BMW is likely to fit the 161hp 2.0-litre diesel engine from the 320d saloon, and the 241bhp turbocharged four-cylinder from the 328i.  BMW is also likely to feature the engine fitted in the high-performance 335i.

With the same engines at work, performance should also be similar, with an eight-second 0-62 mph acceleration, 68.9 mpg fuel efficiency, and only 109g/km of carbon dioxide emission.

The 3 Series GT is expected follow the production flow of the 5 Series GT, which is more a niche extension of the range rather than being a volume seller. BMW will unveil the 3 Series GT at the 82nd Geneva Motor Show in March, and will roll out production models next year with starting prices of £33,000 for the 320d GT.

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