We'll spare you the discussion about whether or not it actually makes sense for BMW to create a Gran Turismo version of its 3 Series, especially given the dismal sales of the larger 5 Series Gran Turismo here in the United States. And nevermind the fact that BMW calls its new 3GT "a style conscious car with the dynamic prowess to match its looks." (We've heard that before.) All we know is, the more functional (but not as functional as a wagon) 3 Series is headed our way, and it's expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show in late September.

Our spy photographers recently caught this 3 Series GT prototype out testing on the streets of Europe, showing more of its skin than when it was last spotted. Up front, the car looks like a standard-issue 3er – which isn't a bad thing – and out back, we can now get a clearer picture of what that stylized rump will look like. Earlier reports have stated that the 3GT will use a two-piece tailgate like the larger 5GT, meaning the whole hatchback or just the trunk portion can be opened.

Official powertrain details are still up in the air, but don't expect engine choices to differ too much from what's being offered in the 3 Series sedan. That means we should see the delicious 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four in the base model and the larger 3.0-liter turbo six in the range-topping model. Of course, all of that is purely speculation, but we expect to have the full details closer to the car's alleged unveiling in Paris in just a few weeks.


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      Pedro Soto
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's just so....uninspiring. Audi A7 Jr. It certainly is not. I had high hopes that BMW would try to go with sexy design, but alas, it looks like they are going frumpy!
        QCRamAir
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pedro Soto
        "...it looks like they are going frumpy!" Just like the rest of their latest designs. Compared to where they used to be, this brand is so lost these days it's not even funny.
      BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      oh good lord... I'm about to have a conniption!
      Durishin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Interesting thatAudi can take the liftback concept and create the swoopy and stunning A7 whilst BMW can only come up with these fugly sausages. BBB!
      Corey
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as the 3 Series wagon still comes to the US and not this, I'm good. BMW really screwed themselves by allowing the 5 Series GT to replace the 5 wagon, hopefully they'll learn from that mistake.
      wrxfrk16
      • 2 Years Ago
      What on earth are they thinking with that thing? I thought they got rid of Bangle to make their cars look good again and then they go pull this thing from the trashcan. What they really need to push here, and I know they haven't sold great in the past on our shores, but with the move to smaller vehicles and the ever creeping price of gas, 3 and 5 series wagons need to make a comeback. I mean, few people bought them compared to the pointless X5, but everytime you see a 5-series wagon, it catches your eye. They've always been a relatively rare sight over here, and they've always looked good. Plus they preserve the driving dynamics of the sedan, offer most of the room of the crossover X3 and X5, and seeing as the X models are entirely useless off-road there's no utility lost to taking the wagon.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      I never thought I'd find myself saying this, but this doesn't look TOO bad. Still, I'd sooner buy the wagon, seeing as I dislike crossovers, even if they are based on a 3-series.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        This isn't a crossover.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
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          Kwijiboz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          @aatbloke1967 What on earth are you on about? I'm not American, but your arguement that 'crossover' can only be used to describe one particular type of vehicle makes no sense, and to put down anyone who disagrees by calling them American dreamers won't win you a single point.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          The Ferrari FF is a shooting brake. If you're familiar with the likes of the Scimitar GTE and the P1800, it falls squarely into that category.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Americans will dream up any old twaddle. But they're a nation of dreamers. The rest of the world, on the other hand, is awake. The Subaru is XV is a version of the Impreza, just as the VW Cross Polo is a version of the Polo and the old Renault Scenic RX4 was a version of the standard Scenic. All three cars are clearly defined by their market segments. A Golf GTi is just a sportier version of the standard car. If by raising the height of the drivers seat by a few mm and adding some ungainly plastic cladding I suddenly have a "crossover", then clearly people are buying into BS without applying any thought whatsoever. The 3GT is a five door liftback and no further unrelated from the 3 series saloon than a Mondeo hatch is from its three box brethren
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
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          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
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          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          No, it is not a crossover. It's a D-segment liftback/hatchback. It will compete with the Mondeo, Insignia, and Laguna. You're not going to be peering over them in this. Seriously you people will call anything a crossover if it doesnt fit your mould.
          Kwijiboz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Why not? Just because the term is commonly used to describe one type of vehicle doesn't limit it to that, does it? Any vehicle that straddles more than one segment (or even just fits in between) is surely by its very definition a 'crossover'? A Golf GTi fits the bill. A Hummer H1 being driven on the road does too. Ferarri FF..... With the proliferation of niches these days I can understand the confusion. The type of vehicle you're referring to I'll stick to calling 'soft-roader' or 'faux-wheel-drive'. ; )
          carguy1701
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          It'll be marketed as one, just like the 5-series GT.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          No, it isn't. It's a C segment hatchback and some butch trim and a very very slightly higher ride height. But you'd achieve more by raising the driver's seat. The ride height on the 3 series GT is no higher than a Mondeo - the very car the GT is aimed at.
      Adrian Elliot
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good luck with that, BMW.
      citidriver
      • 2 Years Ago
      The tall hatch treatment fits the shorter proportions of the 3 much better than it does for the 5GT. A performance version could be nice and chunky compared to the dorkiness of the 5. I still prefer the wagon myself, though.
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @citidriver
        Tall hatch? It's an effing liftback! No taller than a bloody Mondeo hatch.
          citidriver
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Since you have so many comments here, I'm surprised I have to explain. I was obviously alluding to what was done with the 5GT; meaning it's a taller version of the 5 sedan with a hatch. I was not labeling the 3GT with any body-type category or care about what it compares to, is that effing clear to you?
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who cares what it looks like, or how reliable it is....or how boring the interior is? It is a BMW and lemmings line up year after year and fall off of the sales cliff like the idiots they are.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
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        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
        Do you seriously just copy and paste the same posts over and over again? You have to be the most environmentally friendly poster here-you even recycle your old posts.Come up with some new material sometime soon And by the way, I hate this car. So don't call me a lemming.
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Lemming.......
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @A P
        A P ... You're not old enough to drive. So your opinions are pointless.
      BRKF06
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car nobody asked for, providing neither the space of a wagon nor the performance of a sedan. Just a waste.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BRKF06
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      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 5 Series GT is BMW's Aztek, and this is mini Aztek
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      If we never got this and were stuck with just the wagon, that'd be perfectly fine by me.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
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