BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo officially unveiled [videos added]

Debuts in Geneva

Following this morning's leak, BMW has officially unveiled the 3-Series Gran Turismo.

Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the 3-Series GT combines the "sedan’s dynamic, sporting genes with the practicality and versatility of the Touring." While the model closely resembles the 5-Series GT, designers managed to soften some of the lines to give the hatchback a more cohesive appearance. Key styling highlights include a prominent grille, frameless windows and a sloping roofline that tapers all the way down to the rear end. There's also a large tailgate with an active spoiler that automatically raises at 110 km/h (68 mph) and retracts at speeds below 70 km/h (43 mph).

As with most new BMWs, the 3-Series GT can be equipped with Sport Line, Luxury Line or Modern Line styling packages. There's also an M Sport package that adds an aerodynamic body kit, shadow line trim, a sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Overall, the hatchback measures 200mm longer and 81mm taller than the Touring. It also rides on a wheelbase that has been extended by 110mm.

Interior changes are limited, but the model features raised seating positions and an extra 70mm of rear seat legroom. More notably, the boot holds 520 liters (18.3 cubic feet) of luggage which can be expanded to 1600 liters (56.5 cubic feet) when the rear seats are folded down.

Under the hood, a variety of different engines are available. Choices include:

  • A 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel with 143 HP (105 KW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel with 184 HP (135 KW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder with 184 HP (135 KW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder with 245 HP (180 KW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six cylinder with 306 HP (225 KW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque

Regardless of which engine is selected, it can be paired to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic.

Source: BMW

The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo adds an innovative new concept to the successful BMW 3 Series line-up. The third body variant in the current model family combines the Sedan’s dynamic, sporting genes with the practicality and versatility of the Touring, qualities which are backed up by a palpable increase in space and driving comfort. The Gran Turismo exudes aesthetic and emotional appeal, boasts a distinctive presence on the road and offers similarly pronounced driving pleasure. All of which allows the new Gran Turismo to make a compelling case for itself as both an elegant business carriage and a dynamic, comfortable tourer.

Typical BMW proportions, four doors with frameless windows, a coupe-style, gently downward-sloping roofline and a large, automatically opening and closing tailgate define the distinctive exterior character of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. An active rear spoiler – the first of its type on a BMW – provides visual lightness and reduces lift at touring speeds. The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is 200 millimetres longer in total than the BMW 3 Series Touring, comes with a 110-millimetre longer wheelbase and stands 81 millimetres taller. However, the clever use of proportions, surfaces and lines ensures that the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is immediately recognisable as a member
of the new BMW 3 Series range.

Impressive long-distance comfort in a unique ambience.
Generous interior dimensions allow the passengers in every seat of the
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to sit back and enjoy an impressive feeling of space and unbeatable freedom of movement. The front and rear passengers all benefit from a seating position raised by 59 millimetres, which provides an outstanding view out and makes entry and exit significantly more comfortable. Plus, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also offers extra headroom. The increase in space will be particularly noticeable in the rear compartment, where a full 70 millimetres of additional legroom over the Sedan and Touring – giving luxury-car levels of spaciousness – is there to be enjoyed. The cocooning nature of the interior, complemented by its design forms, colour scheme and materials, creates a lounge-style ambience which allows passengers to enjoy short trips and long journeys alike in relaxed comfort.

Intelligent load area management.
The load area also reflects the car’s increased dimensions, its 520 litres of boot capacity even outstripping that of the BMW 3 Series Touring by 25 litres. The large load aperture and high-opening tailgate make access easier. Practical standard features – such as the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat bench with folding head restraints and tilt-adjustable backrests (cargo function), and the two-piece parcel shelf – underscore the impressive functionality of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The large load area can be utilised in many different ways, allowing intelligent space management. Practical features such as lashing points, multifunction hooks and an underfloor storage compartment make it even more convenient to use, while the LED strips that illuminate the cargo area emphasise the premium quality of the 3 Series Gran Turismo.

Quintessential BMW 3 Series: functional elegance, three equipment lines.
High-end material combinations and fit and finish of the highest quality underline the premium ambience on board the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The latest addition to the 3 Series family can be ordered in an entry-level version, with the Sport Line, Luxury Line or Modern Line equipment packages, or with the optional M Sport package, which will already be available from July 2013.

Three petrol and two diesel engines power the GT off the start line.
Customers can choose from a selection of five powerful, refined and economical engines – covering an output range from 105 kW/143 hp to 225 kW/306 hp– from the launch of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. All the powerplants use BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The range-topping six-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet of the BMW 335i Gran Turismo is joined by the four-cylinder petrol units in the BMW 328i Gran Turismo and BMW 320i Gran Turismo. The two 2.0-litre diesel engines powering the BMW 320d Gran Turismo and BMW 318d Gran Turismo round off the line-up at launch.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although BMW also offers an eight-speed automatic as an option for all engine variants. Both gearboxes link up with the fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop function.

Advanced suspension technology, featuring a large number of light-alloy components, the torque steer-free Electric Power Steering, finely-balanced axle load distribution (50:50) and a torsionally stiff lightweight body ensure outstanding handling attributes and a high degree of agility and precision.
The longer wheelbase (+ 110 mm), greater wheel diameter and baseline specification of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo– which includes 17-inch wheels – result in a car offering excellent directional stability and long-distance comfort.

BMW EfficientDynamics.
In addition to its enviable practicality and sporting dynamics, the outstanding fuel economy of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also serves the cause of driving pleasure. The key here is the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, whose influence can be seen in virtually every area of the new model. Building on the good work of the ultra-frugal petrol and diesel engines, the intelligent lightweight construction concept of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismoand its optimised aerodynamics (including Air Curtains, Air Breathers and the active rear spoiler) do their bit to maximise efficiency and dynamics. And other measures, such as the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Optimum Shift Indicator and on-demand operation of ancillary components join the campaign to ensure the powerful BMW 3 Series Gran Turismoboasts impressively low fuel consumption and emissions. The economy drive doesn’t stop there, either; the car still has the potential to cut fuel use by as much as another 20 per cent using ECO PRO mode and the new ECO PRO Route function.

BMW ConnectedDrive.
An extensive selection of driver assistance systems and mobility solutions, offered under the BMW ConnectedDrive programme, allows the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to set the benchmark in its segment in terms of safety, convenience and infotainment. One highlight of the range is the latest-generation full-colour Head-Up Display, which projects key information onto the windscreen in sharp resolution. Included alongside an array of other convenience and safety-enhancing assistance systems is highly effective interface technology that allows extensive use of external mobile phones and numerous Bluetooth office functions for internet-based services.

The Apps option and free BMW Connected application provide access to services such as social networks, web radio and iPhone calendar functions. Last but not least, information and office services, and travel and leisure planners using the Google Maps and Panoramio services, further increase levels of passenger comfort in the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

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BMWfan4Ever BMWfan4Ever
Feb 11th, 2013 2:18am
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Grey Grey
aaarrgggh my eyes! looking at this thing hurts!!! they already have the x3 and the 3 wag in europe. This thing is butting head with those two! who came up with this moronathon???
Feb 8th, 2013 12:04am
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RenegadeAdios RenegadeAdios
Looks like Ford Mondeo.
Feb 7th, 2013 6:00pm
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Microice Microice
the GTs series just makes no sense at all to me. yes they are cheap to make and will make a bigger profit for BMW due to economies of scale but just how many will they sell and moreover do they help the brand image. i dont think its worth the trade off
Feb 7th, 2013 4:24pm
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MercedesSL MercedesSL
its no different than the A5 sportback...
Feb 8th, 2013 3:07am
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Sacto8780 Sacto8780
If BMW were to offer this model in the USA, they should limit it to the 240 bhp gasoline engine and 184 bhp turbodiesel engine--leave the more power I-6 models to the more conventional 3-Series models.
Feb 7th, 2013 3:59pm
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Fran69 Fran69
Why anyone in the world need this type of car when you can buy a great normal looking 3 series beggars belief
Feb 7th, 2013 3:18pm
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Ratt Ratt
Well slap me hard and call me stupid but I like it now, I think M Sport in Jet Black with tinted windows might look good.
Feb 7th, 2013 2:58pm
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MercedesSL MercedesSL
Many people will find the slightly elevated ride height, and added utility of the hatchback attractive. It's a good compromise between the dynamics of a wagon, and the elevated riding position of an SUV without SUV gas mileage, and handling.. Obviously this is not very popular among the teenage car blog crowd, but it does have its markets in Asia, and even among maybe a slightly older(mature) crowd in the US.
Feb 7th, 2013 2:40pm
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Teddy Teddy
WRONG, it failed miserably in the USA, why would things be any different with just a smaller uglier version.
Feb 8th, 2013 1:33am
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MercedesSL MercedesSL
Really? How do you figure..do you have source? Also the GTs ARE popular in Asia.
Feb 8th, 2013 3:06am
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Teddy Teddy
Do I have a source???? HAHA, yeah I do, my source is BMW themselves. {{www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/bmw-5-gt-sales-disappointing}}.......... enough said
Feb 8th, 2013 9:39am
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jeanberque jeanberque
bmw's gt series is useless and unnecessary car. the want to create their new segment like mercedes but sorry you are unsuccessful bmw
Feb 7th, 2013 2:30pm
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porsche6616 porsche6616
what's the point of these 5 and 3 GTs?
Feb 7th, 2013 10:22am
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tazcubed tazcubed
To validate BMW decision to not sell wagons in North America. Really, when there is a wagon, the hatchback in the middle makes so little sense to produce unless it's truly a great sports hatch. This one fails as it's taller than the sedan or coupe, so of course handling has been compromised and thus it's a lesser car that looks like it could go on a diet.
Feb 7th, 2013 12:34pm
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mongo mongo
What if you care more for easiness of loading a bicycle, skies than a good looks?
Feb 7th, 2013 10:17pm
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Cale24 Cale24
Now the official pics are out we all have to re-comment how much we hate this car :(
Feb 7th, 2013 9:47am
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bavorak bavorak
Is the 5series GT so well selling car that they had the need to create basically the same yet different car which is exactly so ugly and useless? I personally see 5 series GT aproximatelly once a month so I don't believe it is such a jackpot for BMW. They are just ruining their reputation more than they are making money out of these kind of models. I "can't wait" to see first FWD BMWs :/
Feb 7th, 2013 6:30am
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Decypha Decypha
Unfortunately, because the 5GT shares so many parts, there is no need for it to sell in high numbers. It is a good argument about what these models cost the actual brand though - I know I personally desire BMW less and less each day.
Feb 7th, 2013 8:39am
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ifudge ifudge
How do you go from making one of the best looking cars (4 series coupe), to one of the ugliest, in one fell swoop?
Feb 7th, 2013 6:04am
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flyingfridge flyingfridge
please BMW, stop this madness. just stop it. please.
Feb 7th, 2013 5:55am
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Shotokan6 Shotokan6
As if the 5 series GT wasn't ugly enough, now we have a 3 series.
Feb 7th, 2013 3:45am
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