In spite of the near-Pavlovian howling that commences anytime the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is mentioned, and in spite of the 5GT falling so short of its sales target that BMW has been forced to consider bringing back the 5 Series Touring, the ungainly hatch has outsold that wagon during its time on our shores. And that was before it got dressed up with an M Sport package.

It shouldn't be a surprise then that the 3 Series GT is still rushing our way, with a report on BMW Blog (not connected to the company) declaring it will be here in March 2013. BMW is promoting the hatchback 3 as "the alternative to alternatives, a style conscious car with the dynamic prowess to match its looks," which smacks of PR-speak veering dangerously close to Newspeak.

We'll find out soon enough, nevertheless, for the moment, the 3GT is claimed to offer the cargo capacity of the 5 Series sedan but with even more room for everyone's legs. It is predicted to wear a slightly different face than the rest of the 3 Series line and have frameless windows (the rendering on BMW Blog has frames). Power should be from the current 3 Series lineup of turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines.


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      Agent55
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is horrendous, there must a couple nut jobs higher up at BMW right now pushing these "things" through.
      poopoohead100
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Ultimate Ugly Machine
      artandcolour2010
      • 2 Years Ago
      The chunky lines might work better on a smaller car. When the 1965 AMC Marlin was enlarged from the original AMC Rambler American Tarpon concept, all elegance and litheness of line was lost. Perhaps the 3 series hatch will look more proportional with its platform. Maybe, lol.
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      " the ungainly hatch has outsold that wagon during its time on our shores. And that was before it got dressed up with an M Sport package." People on autoblog need to to learn to read articles.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        rofl..... keep trolling captain obvious. btw this isn't a CUV FYI
        Krishan Mistry
        • 2 Years Ago
        I think it's safe to assume that a 3GT would look like a 90% scale 5GT with a tweaked 3 series face. And unless you are completely mentally retarded (or blind) a 5GT looks like horse **** and is far uglier than a 5 touring (which IMO looks great). It isn't fashionable to drive a turd; some CUVs look fashionable, but even the most oblivious and vain would fail to think of BMW's tall, big assed car as stylish or fashionable. And yes, it might have 2 inches more legroom and headroom, it might hold another case of beer compared to a 3er Touring, but it's bound to be more expensive, physically inflated, and very heavy. Might as well get an X3 if all you care about is piling stuff into a box (screwing carlike driving dynamics and efficiency). At least driving an X3 you wont have to wear a paper bag over your head, unlike a GT fatback.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        Looks and fashion are subjective. Wagons are more practical than CUVs in virtually every way except for those few rare people that actually need high ground clearance on a regular basis. And even then, there are wagons with high ground clearance like the Outback and upcoming Allroad.
        Susan
        • 2 Years Ago
        Well, looks are subjective, and what looks fashionable today (like huge blingy ghetto alloy wheels) will look as dated in 20 years as vinyl roofs and "opera" windows do today. As for CUVs: are they really more practical? Do they hold more than a station wagon? In reality, we should call CUVs elevated station wagons, but the doofy sloping rears impair storage room. Many women say they will never drive a station wagon like their mothers did. Then they buy a CUV....
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im a done with BMW, instead of focussing on making cars that people really want..........all they are doing is adding more models to there line up so they can say "we offer the most models" Audi is doing this same thing and it will back fire on both of them in the kind run.........lance.b
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        yet both brands hit sales record after sales record. btw where i live audis are highly admired in contrast to actual bmws
        Spellchecker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        @ Lance BMW wouldn't produce this car if there wasn't a market for it. It might not sell in big numbers, but it will sell. Not everyone who buys a BMW 3-Series cares about its driving dynamics and they actually want something that's sporty but also spacious. This is the car for those people. This car might not sell well in America because we all know Americans don't buy wagons. They'd rather buy a Ford Excursion (preferably a 6.8 V10 because it is, oh, so fast from 0-60 bla bla bla) to transport that 6-pack of beer that they picked up from the 7/11 down the block from their home. *Sarcasm* The 5er GT has been selling ok in Europe, so chances are this 3er GT will to. I'm actually in the market for a bigger car and the last-generation BMW 3er Touring is a disappointment. The trunk is so laughably small and cramped compared to its Audi A4 Avant rival and the trunk space of the current Mercedes S204 C-Class eclipses them both.
        th0mb0ne
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        yep, they offer more models than ever, but hardly any that the people who made them into who they are, actually want anymore.
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about a stripped down turbo 4 performance oriented 3 series coupe starting at $28k and not this chunky odd useless overpriced version.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        Buy a non-optioned 135i. Problem solved.
        artandcolour2010
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EvilTollMan
        would love that. But you know that when BMW and MB take weight out of a car, stripping it down, it somehow ends up at least $10Gs more expensive, lol. I really think there would be a market for an "old fashioned" German car, ie, like the 1980s, with all the updated safety and handling pieces we enjoy now, but with old fashioned MB Tex (vinyl) upholstery, basic sound systems, and even wind up windows, like the original 2002, 320i.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Because the 5GT has been such a tremendous success.
      Pixelwiz
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it looks at least as good as Audi A5 Sportback, I'll definitely get once, since doesn't seem like Audi is bringing that to the USA anytime soon. Please make it available before March 2013, I got less than 30k of warranty left on my 328 convertible, will have to sell it before then, and need something with more space.
        klo3
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pixelwiz
        The A5 Sportsback is a 4-door coupe. This one is a 3-series sedan with a fat ass...
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pixelwiz
        The Audi A5 Sportback is one nice looking car, and one of the very few fastbacks that looks great. I have little hope BMW can make theirs look as good, but I suppose it is possible.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pixelwiz
        it will NEVER look as good
      Chris McCrary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please, No,
      Adrian Elliot
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL LOLLLL LOLLLLLLLLLL
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring back the touring. Kill these monstrosities.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The 3 Touring is supposed to be available in USA, but they are rare. Sadly, Joe and Jane Suburban seem to prefer these goofy puffed-up bulbous versions of normal cars (think of the Toyota Venza, the X6, and many other examples).
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