The pilot production of the upcoming 3-series GT has started at BMW’s production plant in Leipzig. The GT would be the first new 3-series body style to be released since the short-lived Compact came out in 1994. We get an idea of what this vehicle is through an artist impression released by Autocar. At the Paris Motor show this September, the GT will be previewed as a lightly veiled concept car.
The new five-door liftback will start selling in the second half of next year. It will be based on a long-wheelbase version of the newest 3-series platform. BMW has yet to divulge its exact measurements but the GT is expected to have a wheelbase that’s a bit shorter than that of the Chinese market 3-series Li, which has an extra 110mm to the 2810mm length of the standard 3-series saloon.
This is the same platform structure that will probably be used on the 4-series Gran Coupé, a new four-door, 3-series based variant that may be launched in 2015 but has yet to be confirmed. The 3-series GT is internally referred to as the F34. It has the same form as the 5-series GT but with a higher roofline and wider waistline than the current 3-series models, together with four frameless doors and a heavily angled tailgate.
Upcoming 3-series GT’s wheelbase is longer than its siblings. It has a bigger rear legroom and more load space than the newest 3-series saloon and Touring models. This is a feature that BMW thinks would be attractive to families. The new car has most of the interior fittings with other models. But if you want a unique cabin ambience, you could get the optional glass roof that goes well with its large windows.
A lot of active drivers today have higher demands when it comes to their vehicles mainly because they use it in different ways. These same drivers are customers as well that want a vehicle having the same visual appeal as that of a coupe. Despite these numerous requirements, the new BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo is able to satisfy all of them as it has a wide range of qualities not just in terms of visuals but also for functionality.
Indeed, the new 3-Series Gran Turismo is not only an excellent vehicle for business trips but also a comfortable and dynamic option for families that like to go on those leisure trips. There is no question that this new vehicle is a high quality addition to the already premium offerings in the mid-size segment. Aside from having a unique place in the 3-Series range, it also brings with it a new take on space, visuals, and more importantly, functionality.
The reason for this is that this model has the versatility and practicality present in the 3-Series Touring and combines these with that sporty qualities of the 3-Series Sedan. Increasing the appeal is the increase in the space and better comfort for those long distance travels. In addition to the emotional and visual appeal, the 3-Series Gran Turismo offers a unique presence when on the road while guaranteeing better driving pleasure.
Going inside, the feel-good factor can be felt at once. This is due to a number of factors like the ease of access and seating position that has been raised in order to offer an excellent view on all the sides. The large amount of space is another factor. It even has more room when it comes to the rear compartment. Further, the legroom in the full-size rear seats are those typically experienced in cars belonging to the luxury segment.
There are a number of features in the new 3-Series Gran Turismo and those looking at it will likely immediately see how the front end has been strongly formed. Other highlights include the side windows with no frame and how the profile has been stretched in an elegant manner and fuse well with the roofline, styled like a coupe. Meanwhile aside from have a flowing rear end, the load aperture is rather large.
Still on the rear, the 3-Series Gran Turismo has an extended spoiler, which is the first for BMW. It allows the vehicle to get the lightness appearance while ensuring that lift is lowered when running at touring speeds. The enhancement of the silhouette and the increase in the amount of space available are mainly due to the 3-Series Gran Turismo being longer compared to the Touring or the Sedan.