BMW is again widening its Gran Turismo range and it’s about to present the latest addition, a model cheaper and more compact than the 5 GT: the BMW 3 series GT. This new D segment vehicle will be 4.6 m long and, unlike its Audi Sportback competitors, the team has managed to add the hatch without turning it into a two-and-half volume. And due to the absence of the extra half volume, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also appears fuller and more solid than the A5 Sportback.
The 3 Series GT’s tail and side are going to be totally new, while the front and the engine choice is going to be the same of the BMW 3 Series F30. BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will hit the market at the end of 2012.
This video shows BMW testing in Death Valley, California, and while we’re unlikely to go wandering through there anytime soon, it’s nice to know that our cars can cope with sitting in traffic on summer days. Apparently we also get a glimpse of the 2012 BMW 3 Series F30 in amongst the test mules.
The new 3 Series model will be slightly bigger than the current one and we should get a range of efficient engines, all likely turbocharged with a hybrid model to come at a later date. Could we see it at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show? Meanwhile rumours suggest that the new BMW 3 Series GT is actually not a Gran Turismo model but an all-new BMW 4 Series.
It could prove to be a four-door coupé that would compete with highly popular models like the Audi A5 Sportback. An eventual BMW 4 Series would sit between the 3 and 6 Series in terms of luxury fit-out and price. It’s strictly a rumour at this stage with no official whisperings of a range expansion of this sort from BMW right now.