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Wagons are apparently so outre that we're now seeing mish-mash vehicles like crossovers hiding the truth that, at their core, they're just wagons. BMW is no stranger to this – witness the recent 5 Series GT. Looking to build on the Grand Turismo variants of its wares, BMW is reportedly developing a 3 Series GT, expected to launch for 2011. The details haven't changed since the last time we posted about this vehicle, but BMW is nodding its corporate head that ja, there will be such a car.

The 335 Grand Turismo will bridge the gap between the 3 and 5 Series cars, a narrow one at that. The tailgate should be a two-position affair, like the 5er, and it's possible that four- and five-place configurations may be offered. If it happens, diesel and gasoline engines are expected, though any M3 version is probably not going to happen. Why this might be any more successful against such competition as the Audi A4 Avant than would a traditional 3 Series wagon is a mystery, but maybe BMW has struck on the magic formula that makes ungainly cars a hot commodity.



[Source: Channel 4]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's getting harder and harder to continue to be a BMW fan.
      Kumail
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isn't there a station wagon for the 3 already?

      And no, we haven't hit the end for the BMW model range, they haven't made a 2 and can go up to 9 before they start using decimals.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        BJT, my understanding is that the new F10/F11 5 series (and F12/F13 6 series for that matter) will also share the same new platform that the F01 7 series and 5 series GT use. That is to say that this platform was designed from the beginning to accomodate all of BMWs new generation large cars. This is very similar to the 1 series and 3 series sharing different versions of the same small-car platform.

        Therefore it is highly unlikely (to me anyway) that BMW would choose to base the 3 series GT on the larger platform.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        There is, but it sounds like that BMW will replace the 3-series wagon with this crossover/GT version, much like they are discontinuing the 5-series wagon with the 5 GT.

        Since the 3-series (including the wagon and X3) are pretty compact on the inside, I'm not sure how much more interior space BMW can create in the 3 GT. Perhaps BMW should use the 5-series as a platform, in the same way they used the 7-series as the basis for the 5-series GT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        Oops. Spoke too soon. No formal plans to discontinue the 5-series (or 3-series) wagons yet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The front bumper reminds me of the ES350, not sure if that's a good thing or not.
      I guess it's time to get used to seeing BMWs like these. When I first saw the side profile, Volvo came to mind.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And this marks then end of the real BMW...Thanks for all the good times.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that just means we will get Scion Tc / Mitsubishi Eclipse like hatchback door...

      I am all up for it. just don't turn the overall shape into a wagon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So they're going to replace it with something that has less utility?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sure, go ahead. Make a 3 Series hatch. Just don't jack up the ride height and screw up the rear design as with the 5 Series GT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is exactly what I fugly....I mean figured.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe not? I made an amateur hatchback rendering of the 3-series coupe when it came out:
        http://hem.passagen.se/jockeleu/BMW-COMPACT 1024internetbig.jpg
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sure it will look a hell of a lot better than the 3-door hatchback 3's did in the e46 and e36 generations.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring back the 318ti!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugliness is here, with compliments from BMW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm curious to see the 3 series GT, mainly to just laugh at it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really? Think about it ... BMW muscled into the Mondeo/Passat/Laguna/Vectra pricing arena big time with the 3-series during the 1990's with a variety of less expensive variants. Given that many D-segment mainstreams come with liftback versions, a 3-series liftback was only a matter a time to get Ford and Opel even more worried.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's nothing to think about. As for the E36 being successful with "less expensive" variants in the 90s, the 318ti compact failed stateside. A 3 series GT will be nowhere in the same pricing range as a D-segment Ford, nor has the world been exactly clamoring for some ugly liftback like this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you kidding me? Mondeo sales have been on the decline in general--it has less to do with how awesome BMW is, and more about how people are getting bored with the design. Plus a loaded Mondeo 2.0 TDCi diesel runs about 5k less than a loaded BMW 320d. And the point was never talking about total sales of the 3-series, but rather the viability of the GT (you know, the original post?)
        • 5 Years Ago
        "There's nothing to think about. As for the E36 being successful with "less expensive" variants in the 90s, the 318ti compact failed stateside. A 3 series GT will be nowhere in the same pricing range as a D-segment Ford, nor has the world been exactly clamoring for some ugly liftback like this"

        You clearly cannot think, that's why. Given that in European markets, the standard 3-series overlaps pricing territories of the Mondeo, Laguna, Insignia, et al - AND the fact that the company car market is enormous compared with the United States - then it makes sense for BMW to incorporate a liftback into the line-up for added choice. The 3-series has become so popular that it now outsells Ford's Mondeo in the UK and several other key European markets. Believe it or not, there's far, far more to BMW's world than the United States.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Are you kidding me? Mondeo sales have been on the decline in general--it has less to do with how awesome BMW is, and more about how people are getting bored with the design. Plus a loaded Mondeo 2.0 TDCi diesel runs about 5k less than a loaded BMW 320d. And the point was never talking about total sales of the 3-series, but rather the viability of the GT (you know, the original post?)" - Aki


        No, I am not kidding you. All of the mainstream manufacturers' D-segment sales have been in steady decline as the Q-car marques have encroached deeper and deeper into their pricing territory over the past fifteen years or so. I'm not talking about direct engine comparisons; I'm talking about how a base 3-series used to command more than any Cortina or Sierra; however, these days base five versions of the 3-series alone can be had for medium-range Mondeo money or less. In diesel terms, a 316d in the UK can be had for less than £1K more than a Mondeo 1.8TDCi Ghia and for more than a grand less than the Mondeo with that engine in top-spec Titanium trim. This success has come from people choosing the prestige of the marque over the toys, and BMW have capitalised on this, particularly in the company car arena.

        There's no telling what form a 3-series GT might take. Given the D-segment liftback market in Europe is far larger than the E-segment market, a GT model may well come in a range of trim levels with "GT" referring to the bodystyle rather than a trim level in itself.


      • 5 Years Ago
      What next, BMW? An off-road convertible station wagon? A fastback retractable hardtop sport pickup with the bed in front and the cab over the rear wheels? With M versions of both in the works?

      Yeah, don't stop until you've got an off-road 4-door "coupe" based on the 1, 3, and 7, as well. And while you're at it, make a 1-Series fastback sedan to sell alongside the upright 1-Series 5-door.

      But if you really want to go for the gusto, make a non-hatchback 6-Series "4-door coupe" to compete with the CLS directly. Because Lord knows, the X6 and 5GT won't.

      And give the two-door 6-Series an option for rear-hinged half-doors. Along with a "shooting brake" 6-Series, with optional AWD, but with a more upright roof than the X6, so they don't "compete". And make soft-top AND retractable versions of all 4! With M versions to follow!

      And since you've got an X1, X3, X5, and X6 that are all almost the same size, and share at least one engine between them, why not make a "shooting brake" version of the Z4, with standard xDrive, too? That way, you'll have an X4! But call it ZX4, because the X4 - a 4-door crossover coupe based on the 3 is doubtless in the cards, too. And they'll all share the same base engine!

      It. Could. Work!
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