This year's Paris Motor Show is shaping up to be an interesting one. Autocar reports BMW is planning to show off the production version of the upcoming 3 Series Gran Turismo next month. Word has it the five-door will offer buyers a long-wheelbase version of the 3 Series they know and love along with love-it-or-loathe-it styling borrowed from the 5 Series GT.

BMW hasn't served up much in the way of details, but the report indicates the 3GT will be a bit shorter than the Chinese-market 3 Series Li, which spans just under 115 inches from bumper to bumper. The model will also share underpinnings with the upcoming 4 Series Gran Coupe, which is slated to debut in 2015.

The 3 Series GT is also expected to offer the same two-piece tail gate as its larger sibling, the 5GT. Combined with a slightly taller roof and more interior room, BMW hopes the new creation will appeal to families who don't want to jump into a 3 Series wagon.


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      wooootles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another monstrosity from BMW incoming.
      Don G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Think they would have learned from the sales flop that is the 5 series GT. Why do they think this will sell any better???
        askroon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Don G
        I see many 5GT cars on the road every day. In fact recently I have seen a lot more than I used to; at least 10 cars a day on my 30 minute commute in LA county.
        askroon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Don G
        I see many 5GT cars on the road every day. In fact I've seen more and more recently, at least 10 of them per day on my 30 minute commute in LA county.
      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      And the 3 series wagon was inadequate because...? Yet another answer from BMW to a question nobody asked.
        Jon Acton
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JF
        I couldn't agree with you more! A useless hunchback. Instead of chasing stupid niches why doesn't BMW focus on their core; great driving cars for the driving enthusiast not the suburban poser.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JF
        Think Mondeo and Insignia.
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just what we needed- a 3 series wearing diapers.
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 5GT was a sales disaster and the 3GT will likely be as well. Why BMW hasn't pull these models yet is beyond me. I can count the number of 5GTs I've ever seen on one hand.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        You're in America. Americans don't do large liftbacks. This car emanates from Europe - there's your clue - where liftbacks are enormously popular. Ah ha! Get it, yet?
      SethG
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's it. CAD/CAM and modern manufacturing flexibility have made it simply too cheap to develop model variants. It costs manufacturers a fortune to make a new car but they seem to be able to crank out version after version of the same car with little difficulty. So the traditional sedan/wagon/coupe/convertible mix doesn't seem to be enough for BMW. I fail to see how cars such as the X6, 5 Series GT and now this benefit either the consumer or BMW.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      REALLY not looking forward to this one.
      askroon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I never understood why the 5GT had such a bad reception. It's styling is that of any other BMW except for the swept roof. I always prefer hatchbacks from sedans and station wagons, so I am biased. If the 3GT is a mini 5GT with the grille from the new 3er sedan/wagon and the same excellent powertrains and manual transmission, then I will definitely consider it for my next car.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @askroon
        Because it has the approximate profile and awkwardness of a Honda Crosstour, maybe
      Pixelwiz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it's a very processing model. Fun to drive, and practical. Actually exactly what I've been waiting for. I just hope it looks like like the Audi A7 or A5 Sportback and less like BMW 5GT
      RetrogradE
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Oh damn," Satan thought to himself, "I should've never had that one-night-stand with the Pontiac Aztek and given the offspring to BMW to raise as their own. Even I couldn't imagine a worse fate--and I'm the devil. Of course, I said the same thing about the Randy Travis party I went to last week. OMG."
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW 5GT sold out more cars than 5 touring. The only problem is that BMW expected more sales. 3GT will be a lot more popular due to lower price and all purpose use ;)
        ksrcm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        You are absolutely correct! I have not seen many F07 around US, but I saw exactly ZERO F11. Please ... Sometimes sarcasm gets lost on this site. 5 series wagon is NOT sold in US, so there are obviously infinitely more 5 GTs on the road than 5 series wagons. In any case, it proves Ak47 correct even if for all wrong reasons.
          Ak74
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ksrcm
          Just google Ak74 you silly head.
      SheldonRoss
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks good, We'll have to see how the grill and headlights develop, they look a little funny right now. The stance and the rake of the back window remind me of a Mustang.
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