• Mar 24, 2011
Spy Shots: BMW 3 Series GT caught hitching a ride – Click above for high-res image gallery

BMW hinted that a 3 Series GT was in the works. Like its larger BMW 5 Series GT sibling, the 3 Series Gran Turismo would feature a two-tier rear hatch, raised seating position and a boosted ride height. And rumor has it that a non-swirly-camo version will be heading to the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The BMW 3 Series GT will slot in the lineup to combat Audi's upcoming Q3 crossover. It's also enough of segment jumper that the A4 Avant could wind up in its crosshairs. Take a gander at the gallery below, and try to look past the swirls to decipher the hunchback body hiding underneath.



[Source: Brenda Priddy & Company]


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      pppo688
      • 3 Years Ago
      ╭⌒╮WELCOME http://www.zapposer.com
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, the tiger blood must really be flowing over there at their design studio.
      • 3 Years Ago
      give me a 3 series fastback coupe and they got my money in the bag
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder when the madness will end.

      Its not just Small, Medium and Large any more. BMW has like 3 or 4 sizes between each one of those now.

      I mean really, how much different is this 3GT going to be than a 3 wagon or the X3?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Bloke

        "No different to Ford offering their D-segment Mondeo in sedan, hatchback, and estate guises."

        How can you compare the two?

        BMW already has a 3 sedan, coupe, convertible, wagon, and top of the range M-model. That's five models already. Then they also have the X3, and now this 3GT. What's next an 3GT-M and an X3-M? But it doesn't just stop there, because they have almost the same number of models for the 5 series as well. And lord knows what they might have in store for 7-series variants.

        I think that is considerably more than offering the Mondeo in 3 styles, especially when you factor in that BMW is really not considered a full-line car company. They aren't like a Toyota or Ford where they cover almost all market segments. BMW is essentially a luxury brand. A luxury brand with ever so minutely different models.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually, hopefully this is another April's Fool joke.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hopefully, the 3GT looks more 3-ish and BMW-ish than the bloated 5GT.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hazdaz - are you aware that the S-Max was initially due to be branded as "Mondeo D-Max"? I doubt it, somehow.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hopefully this will cause Audi to reconsider selling the A5 Sportback in the US.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Bloke

        You have COMPLETELY side-swiped the question at hand.

        How is a 3-series sedan, coupe, convertible, wagon, M3, X3 and now 3GT the same as Ford offering just 3 variants of their Mondeo?

        I guess my feeble American mind can't figure out that 7 is considerably larger than 3.

        :rolleyes:

        Oh yeah, and the M3 is considerably more than just a "variant" - it doesn't share any sheetmetal with the base 3 except for maybe its glass and doors. And that doesn't even count its (obviously) many numerous mechanical differences.

        But if you really want to get snippy with the numbers, why not also include the 1 and X1 into cars that are related to the 3. So that would add another 6 vehicles within spitting distance of the "base" 3's dimensions (1 3-door, 5-door, Coupe, Convertible, M Coupe and X1). At least with the S-Max, it is considerably different in both size and mission to its platform stablemate and not just a micro-step bigger or smaller in any one dimension... its actually an honest to goodness different model.

        If BMW can find the market for all this mish-mash of sub-models than good for them, but developing, marketing and ultimately supporting these cars isn't "free." At some point it is going to bite them in the ass financially.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MyThreeRocks

        "I know! From what I remember the 5GT is really a shortened 7-series, so maybe this is based on the 5? I hope so. I don't want them bloating up the 3er to match Audis larger proportions."

        It's not just the 5GT that shares a platform with the 7 series - so does the new F10/F11 5 series itself. So a 5 series is also a shortened 7 series. The GT does have a bit longer wheelbase than the sedan/wagon, but both have a shorter wheelbase than the 7 series.

        According to reports, this 3GT will indeed ride a LWB 3 series platform, so it is a similar situation to that of the 5 and 5GT. This longer wheelbase, incidentally, will be shared with a brand new LWB 3 series sedan to be sold only in China. Audi already sells both a LWB A4 and LWB A6 over there, while BMW has just the 5 series with the long wheelbase (which, I would venture to guess is the same dimension as the 5GT as well). So it was a natural addition to their lineup, and has helped facillitate the 3GT.

        Another intereting tidbit: while there is no M5GT, there will, according to insider info, be an M3GT. However there will not be an M3 sedan for the next generation. So if you need an M3 with more than two doors, this will be it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I know! From what I remember the 5GT is really a shortened 7-series, so maybe this is based on the 5? I hope so. I don't want them bloating up the 3er to match Audis larger proportions.

        Shame we're all but certain to lose the wagon, though. My guess is this will come automatic only too. For shame BMW.

        I'm ok with the X1, 3, 5 and 6. But don't F with the 3-series.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "You have COMPLETELY side-swiped the question at hand."

        NO - what I have done is explain to a typically bullish, arrogant and ignorant American about the manner in which the German Q-car manufacturers have encroached on - and competed with - the European mainstreams over the years to the point where those marques are today. The American market is by no means a yardstick to judge any other automotive market in the world - it has comparatively little choice and most of the products were until very recently of very shoddy quality comparitively speaking since Americans buy using very different criteria compared to almost anyone else.

        The Mondeo has three body styles and two MPVs closely related to it. The previous Sierra similarly used three body styles, plus a pickup truck and the RS Cosworth models - if we're going to use your rationale that a few bulbous body panels constitutes a further "variant". If BMW wants to create as any 3-series versions as it can get away with, it'll be welcomed in Europe, where vast choice is the name of the game. Remember, the outgoing European Ford Focus has more than 150 different models available when taking into account engine, trim, and bodyshell choices.

        You're American, and you have little concept of the mechanics of the European market. That's more than obvious and I've put you straight on the situation. A 3 series hatch has been a long time coming, but what you're seeing with the German Q-marques now is a full-on assault at the mainstream manufacturers whilst maintaining their traditional market bases.

        Finally it's obvious you've never been in an S-Max. It isn't considerably different to a Mondeo dimensionally, and drives just like one. My advice to you: spend some vast amounts of time living in Europe and understanding its market.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And the M-model is simply a variant - it isn't a different bodystyle. This is how European manufacturers operate, offering numberous trim, engine, and bodyshell variations. Remember the old European Ford Escort mk5? Aside from all the standard trims, the sports trims alone included Si, GTi, RS Turbo and RS Cosworth - even though the Cosworth didn't use the Escort's platform.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "I mean really, how much different is this 3GT going to be than a 3 wagon or the X3?"

        No different to Ford offering their D-segment Mondeo in sedan, hatchback, and estate guises. The 3-series has been eating into D-segment sales of the mainstreams over the years, and this addition has been an obvious one which has been a long time coming.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't understand why BMW and Honda seem to think that gaining a rear hatch needs to also increase the size of the car.

        Audi A5 Sportback is pretty much the same size as the A4, with more cargo access, and better aerodynamics for less trailing drag.

        Actually, the SMALLER the car gets, the more appropriate a hatch gets. Smaller and smaller trunk lids mean smaller size restrictions to fit through the trunk lid portal.

        A big sedan with a big trunk lid is less of an issue for that. A tiny car with a trunk lid may have several cubic feet of trunk space, but a trunk lid that is only so wide to fit things through. The structural rigidity penalty and hatch weight penalty gets much less pronounced on smaller cars, too.

        There is no reason for the 1-series coupe not to be a sleeker 3-door liftback coupe, rather than the chunky, ugly example of a 3-box coupe that it is.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love the headline Quasimodo!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does it look sort of bent to anybody else? (picture 2)
      • 3 Years Ago
      please tell me that grill is just camouflage. the grill is the major indentifying part of any BMW.
        • 3 Years Ago
        what's with the downranks? i guess i worded that wrong. what i meant was that a BMW just wouldnt be a BMW without it's unique grill. BMW and the grill are one. its the same thing with Audis and Mercedes. German Luxury Vehicles are defined by there unique grill. but by all means, its not the only defining factor. brute power variants also seems to be one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        How did you manage to not only use the wrong version of "your/you're," but ALSO the wrong version of "there/their?" I mean...you have a 50% chance of getting one of them correct, but you were 0/2. haha...sorry, it just irks me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, obviously I meant "its/it's," and not "your/you're." lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since when did GT=raised seating position and boosted ride height?
        • 3 Years Ago
        tourcon455,

        Thank you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the purpose of the "camo" is to make it difficult to see the exact lines of the body in a picture, that may or may not work, but talk about something that will draw attention to itself. Whatever happened to a simple black paint job that is inconspicuous and tough to photograph?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course not. Obviously, the grille, the headlights, the tail-lights and especially the rear bumper are production ready!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Meant to be a reply to Imaeffinginger. sorry...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fugly 5GT was bad enough, now this? BMW is losing its way...
      • 3 Years Ago
      did I miss the part where the 5GT was a sales success? Why spread the non-selling tall hatchback concept to the hot-selling 3 series? And really, as someone else said, with the X3 and the 3 series wagon, just exactly how small a sliver or niche is the tall 3 hatchback aiming for?
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