The BMW 3 Series GT has been caught testing completely undisguised, ahead of its launch next year. While it wasn’t supposed to be seen until the Geneva Motor Show in March, the 3 Series GT was spotted while on an early photoshoot.
The new model adds a large hatch tailgate to become a more practical version of the 3 Series – much like the 5 Series GT is to the standard 5 Series - and is built on a stretched version of the 3 Series platform.
While it's identical to the standard 3 Series from the front, there's a clever new single-piece tailgate at the rear - unlike the 5 Series GT's cumbersome two-piece hatch. It will also offer more legroom and luggage space than the saloon model.
The 3 Series GT is likely to be offered with diesel and petrol engines, kicking off with a 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel 320d GT through to a 255bhp 330d GT. A petrol 325i powered by the company's 241bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder from the 325i saloon will also be offered. All versions will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The silver car in our pictures is an M-Sport variant, featuring larger alloy wheels and a more aggressive body kit, which sees gaping brake intakes on the front bumper as well as new vents in the side-wings.
Prices are expected to start from £33,000 when the BMW 3 Series GT goes on sale in April 2013.