BMW’s main exhibit at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the 3 Series Gran Turismo, a grand tourer that represents the third body variant of the current 3-Series family.
BMW says the 3 Series GT 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 car has a similar design with the larger 5 Series Gran Turismo, especially from the side and at the back, but the front is more 3 Series-like.
The 3 Series GT is the first BMW fitted with an active rear spoiler that provides visual lightness and reduces lift at touring speeds. The car is 200 millimetres longer in total than the BMW 3 Series Touring, has a 110-millimetre longer wheelbase and is 81 millimetres taller.
That translates into generous space for the passengers, especially for those at the back, where there’s 70 millimetres additional legroom over the Sedan and Touring. At 520 liters, the boot is larger by 25 liters than the 3 Series Touring’s, while the large load aperture and high-opening tailgate make access easier.
BMW’s 3 Series GT will be offered at launch with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, ranging from 143 hp to 306 hp. The six-cylinder 335i Gran Turismo is joined by the four-cylinder petrol units in the BMW 328i Gran Turismo and BMW 320i Gran Turismo, while the two 2.0-liter diesel engines in the 320d Gran Turismo and 318d Grand Turismo round off the line-up at launch. All the engines use BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
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 are fitted with the fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop function.