BMW adds 3-series GT to 2014 lineupWed, 06 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0800
The BMW 3-series family is growing, as the German automaker adds a GT, or Gran Turismo, model to its lineup. The car launches this summer as a 2014 model after a reveal at the Geneva motor show.
The 3-series GT is 7.9 inches longer, has a 4.3-inch longer wheelbase and is 3.2 inches taller than the existing 3-series wagon. It also offers an elevated ride height, as the seats are 2.3 inches taller than the 3-series sedan.
In back, BMW says the GT variant offers 1 cubic foot more of space than does the wagon.
BMW already sells a 5-series GT.
Design-wise, the GT carries most of the demeanor of its 3-series siblings, though the headlights get a slight silhouette around them and the hood is a bit more contoured.
The rear seats can be folded down in pieces, spaced out at intervals 40 percent, 20 percent and 40 percent.
The GT will be sold in several lines, including sport, modern and luxury, which vary the chrome and wheel packages. An M sport package offers a lowered suspension and aero treatments.
The machine will offer two engines: the 328i gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, and the 335i is powered by a 300-hp, 300-lb-ft inline six. Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Auto stop/start and a regenerative braking system are also offered.
By Greg Migliore