BMW 3 Series GT spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Good as it may be to drive, and better as it may be to ride in, we still don't quite understand the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo. It isn't as hunkered down and svelte as a Porsche Panamera or Audi A7 Sportback, and its big booty style isn't exactly the most attractive thing to come out of Munich.

And now there's a smaller one to look forward to.

In addition to a sedan, coupe, convertible and wagon, the next-generation BMW 3 Series will be offered in hunchbacked Gran Turismo form, seen here all covered up in swirly camouflage. Our sources indicate that the 3GT will have a different front fascia than the rest of the 3 Series lineup, as well as a unique roofline and a frameless window design.

Expect engine choices to be the same as the rest of the 3 Series lineup, with turbocharged four- and six-cylinder powerplants across the range. No word on when the 3GT will bow (or if it's destined for consumption here in the States, where the 5GT hasn't exactly been lighting the sales charts afire), but our spies suggest that BMW's new genre-bender will launch one year after the 3 Series Touring, another bodystyle we're not sure is coming to North America.


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      poppopeyes
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow the gallery photos actually load now. im impressed with the new autoblog.
      mix35
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rumour has it that this won't make it to the US. BMW is watching the sales of the 5GT as the test. I think many can conclude that the 5GT is a dud in the US. The sales of the 5 series sedan is a sucess on the other hand. I say can all the GT stuff and work on making more reliable cars. Oh and bring back the 5 series wagon.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Shonali Sinha S
      • 3 Years Ago
      drool
      BRKF06
      • 3 Years Ago
      garbage. Seriously, stop making the cars bigger and heavier. The e46 was near perfect and now it seems each generation of the 3 is going to get worse.
        Jake
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BRKF06
        Yes, some of us want compact sport sedans.
      Kevin
      • 3 Years Ago
      God, they really have some lunkheads trying hard to ruin that company. That being said, I don't understand any consumer that would want one of these ugly homunculi instead of a sleek and more practical wagon.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did BMW hire the same focus group company that the US companies used to use? I understand how BMW wants to fill niches to garner sales but this is just silly. How about instead of this they just create a convertible X6 instead?
      737Best
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would be cool if it was a 2-door, lower to the ground hatchback (like the 318ti). And then if they made an M-version of that?! Now that would be a nice car!
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh no. another high-assed bmw with grotesque proportions.
      Noah
      • 3 Years Ago
      KILL IT WITH FIRE.... BMW has lost its way, or its test group are a bunch of idiots!!! My conclusion is its BOTH!
        Noah
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noah
        I guess i should have made myself clear, what i meant is the GTs are UGLY! but as far as the new 5, 7 series design language, i think those are clean and sophisticated and very posh. II only have a problem with the GTs diluting the brand. I completely agree with you Zoom, BMW should just bring a touring of each model. But me and you a minority among our fellow americans.
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Noah
        While I don't dig the GTs they're making, they are hardly hurting. Sales are setting records and they can't keep the new 5-series in stock. I just wish they would keep the Touring here in the US.
          SloopJohnB
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          The people who would buy a Touring are apparently holding their noses and buying the GT. Or an Audi or Mercedes.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh goody, it looks like BMW didn't learn anything from the 5GT debacle? Kill off the practical wagon and give us this useless garbage. How many 5GTs have they sold so far in the US? Like 12?
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another Niche Fail from BMW
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