BMW 3 Series GT spied

21 Mar, 2012 10:59am Damion Smy

Spy shots of BMW 3 Series GT hatchback ahead of its launch early next year

The BMW 3 Series GT has been caught testing. The GT version will be an upmarket version of the new F30 3 Series, and follows the philosophy of the 5 Series GT, with a higher driving position, raised ride-height and a practical opening tailgate.

It looks similar to the version we caught in February, apart from the addition of a pop-up spoiler on the bootlid. Combined with more muscular wheelarches, this points to the potential of M options being offered when the niche 3 Series GT goes on sale.

The GT is expected to use the 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel from the 320d saloon, plus the 241bhp turbocharged four-cylinder petrol from the 328i, and the six-cylinder twin-turbo petrol from the 335i. 

The 3 Series GT will be available in both rear-wheel drive and 4x4 guises, with the former delivering economy and emissions similar to the standard car. The heavier four-wheel-drive versions will be a little behind these.  

Prices for the 3 Series GT are expected to start at around £33,000, and it's due to arrive in showrooms around early 2013.