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.

BMW continues to build on the success of its BMW 3 Series by injecting higher levels of elegance to create a new concept that furthers the visual appeal, functionality and space of the range. Essentially, the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo – the third body variant in the current 3 Series family – is a fusion of the dynamics and athleticism of the 3 Series Sedan and the versatility and the practicality of the 3 Series Touring. Aside from using the desirable attributes of the 3 Series Sedan and Touring, the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo boasts of a spacious cabin that could comfortably and luxuriously accommodate its occupants even in long trips.

A proof of this elegance and stunning emotional appearance is the dynamic front end of the new BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo as well as its stylishly stretched silhouette boasting of coupe-like roofline and frameless side windows. The new BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo also features a flowing rear end with a large load aperture and an extended rear spoiler that generates more downforce to make the newest family member become more stable when cruising at touring speeds.

Interestingly, the new BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo is longer than its Sedan and Touring siblings, allowing it to lengthen its silhouette as well as provide more space inside the car. This extra space also allowed for easier access to the interior and more legroom for rear passengers who are accommodated in three full-sized rear seats. These added conveniences are boosted by the car’s raised seating position and greater view to the outside environment.

These aesthetic and functional attributes of the new BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo allow this new premium car to cater to the needs and wants of discerning customers who are seeking vehicles with the aesthetic appeal of a coupe but is as practical and functional as a sedan and a touring model. Because of its ability to meet these demands, the new BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo should be a perfect car for business people and for those with families.

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