• Jan 8, 2010
If you love the idea of the 5 Series Gran Turismo but don't want a vehicle quite that large, BMW's got something baking in the oven that you may very well be interested in: a 3 Series Gran Turismo. Just like its larger sibling, this wagon that's masquerading as anything other than a wagon will sport a fastback-like rear roof design that covers up a larger cargo hold than the standard 3's trunk.
It appears that the upcoming 3 Series Gran Turismo will be both longer and wider than the current 3, and that size advantage may carry over to the rest of the 3 Series line as well. Expect a predominantly aluminum chassis underneath the slinky new bodywork to help keep weight from escalating out of control.

BMW has made no mention of when the 3 Series GT might hit the market, but if it makes an appearance before the expected sedan, coupe and wagon versions of the next 3 – as was the case with the latest BMW 5 Series – we might see the fastback wagon sometime in 2012.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      GT? That doesn't look anything like the 5series GT.

      I really dislike the new curved hoods on the new non Bangle beamers. They seem too high and have too loopy of a curve to them and then they meet up with a protruding forward grill. Not a fan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Get used to it. European pedestrian impact regulations....
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        Looks like the normal sedan to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even if they make it, I'd be surprised if it comes to the States:
      * The 318tii was loved by those who bought it, but was a commercial failure.
      * Same was true for the Mercedes C230, except, maybe, no one loved that car at all.
      * The Mazda6 5-door is rarely seen compared to it's 4-door sisters.
      * Hyundai's Elantra GT doesn't seem to make much of a difference to their bottom line.

      I prefer hatchbacks, but sedan-like hatches have two problems in the States: they don't have the same capabilities as a "real" hatch and they don't carry the "I'm a success" social statement that people are looking for from a sedan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks a lot better than the 5 Series GT. It looks like a pretty slick fastback/notchback sedan.
      That said, as the new 5 Series is based off of the 7 Series, will the 3 Series be based off of the 5 Series (making it based off of the 7 Series)? Also, what happens to the 6 Series?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is BMW getting as bad a Subaru, slapping a GT badge on everything, thus making "GT" mean nothing? Why not, everyone is slapping "coupe" on anything with a low roof line.
      Soon, anything with two doors will be called a Personal Luxury Vehicle. Then Fiat/Chrysler can put a leather interior in a Jeep and call it a Fabulous All-Road Truck, or FART for short. Or maybe they should call it a Fantastic Utility Concept with Knobbytires. That would sell some cars, just on the acronym alone. What is next: calling a car an SUV when it's only attribute is jacked up suspension and knobby tires? Oh wait, Subaru did that too! Have I offended everyone yet? Is there anyone I missed?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this idea! Slippery profile, no vestigial tail, huge aperture for loading. May snap up disillusioned SAAB nuts as this set up is like the 9000 which was a hugely useful car for gobbling up cargo. It's the non-SUV non-wagon.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why BMW!? Why would you make a 3 series GT?!
        Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        If this is anything like the 5 series GT then it isn't going to be much more useful then the sedan. The GT weighs 1kip more then the sedan, has a higher drag coeffiencent, it has a longer wheel base but less cargo room. So tell me why would anyone in their right mind buy this car over the wagon or sedan 3 series.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Because Europeans like fastbacks. Although sales of fastbacks have declined in the last few years, the Germans, French and Northern Europeans especially like fastbacks.
        Because the more car they sell, i.e. metal, plastic and glass, the more profit BMW makes. And I am sure you can see BMW's strategy in the horizon: a bigger and more opulent 7, a 5 series that is actually bigger and more expensive than the 7 of just a generation ago, a complete 3 series that is about the size of the present 5 series and a 1 series that will be almost as big as today's 3. And below that the Mini and there is even talk of reviving the Isetta. So a child will be able to go from his baby crib into a BMW product, culminating with a Rolls-Royce Phantom if the child is lucky enough.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Why make it? because it's fun to make a wagon version of a car and name it the same as the class below, while imbuing it with added weight and less functionality. Given were BMW's sales are going, I'm thinking we'll see an end to the BS in the next two product cycles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anybody who remembers the Mazda 626 GT, the various Saabs, some AMC products, may also recall that the cars are less structurally stiff than their regular sedan/wagon brethren, which results in squeaks and rattles over time. They are also more prone to leaks, and the gas struts that hold up the heavy rear gates (anybody hefted the Panamera hatch? Yikes!) will sag over time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everyone bitching about BMW's strategy and outlook on performace luxury functional vehicles need not apply.

      If you want a light weight well handling car with basic necessities stripped to the bones bare car go buy a Miata .

      Leave the BMW's to the evolving BMW consumers like myself.


      • 5 Years Ago
      As long as there is a 335i xDrive version with a stick....and most importantly it's not FUGLY as hell...I'll consider getting one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So its like a wagon but worse?
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, the GT is a weird creature that's hard to like in my eyes. But i remember absolutely loving the fastback properties of my Acura Integra. It had a nice coupelike shape, yet i could easily move big screen tv's, desks, etc in the thing.

      I'm not sure how well this will sell though. If somebody's got that kind of money they can buy something much more utilitarian..
      • 5 Years Ago
      ARGH! "longer and wider" and heavier. Why must BMW follow Bloatyota's move by making every next generation longer, heavier and wider?!? Keep the car the same size and take 100-200lbs off.
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