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.

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Why oh why cant they call it what it is, a 5 door 3 series on stilts, I dont think this will flop like the 5GT has but it really just answers a question no one has asked, expect it to be popular with the older generation with mobility problems

Boy oh boy, looks like another design disaster for BMW! Will they ever recover from Bangle?

Lower centre of gravity is good.

High centre of gravity not so good.

As far as I can gather all these BMW GiT's are just half estates, why would anyone bother. Either buy a saloon or an estate, who needs a middle ground because lets be fair, its not going to be one for those who like their cars to look good.