BMW 3 Series GT confirmed

21 Feb, 2012 12:31pm Damion Smy

Our spies catch first glimpse of the new BMW 3 Series GT

The new BMW 3 Series GT is coming soon, as these new spy pictures show.

Following speculation that a 3 Series GT will join the saloon, Coupe and Touring estate in the line-up, this is the first time a prototype has been spotted in the metal.

The 3 Series GT gets a higher ride height than its siblings, with a raised driving position, shorter overhangs and muscular wheel arches.

Like the 5 Series GT, the more practical 3 Series is not intended to be a volume seller, but a more a niche extension of the range.

This means the GT should offer more legroom than any other 3 Series, while a two-piece tailgate will allow small items to be loaded without the need to open the entire cargo area.

The 3 Series GT will likely be offered with both rear and all-wheel drive, with the more potent 3 Series engines and eight-speed transmission.

That means the 161hp 2.0-litre diesel from the 320d saloon and the 241bhp turbocharged four-cylinder from the 328i will feature, with a high-performance 335i completing the line-up. 

Performance should be similar to the new saloon, which means it should go from 0-62mph in around eight seconds, return 68.9mpg and emit 109g/km of CO2.

Prices will start at around £33,000 for the 320d GT. The range will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and is expected in showrooms by 2013.