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Spy photos: BMW's 3-series GT

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0700

The BMW 5-series GT has been a sales success for the German automaker, even though the AutoWeek staff is sharply divided over its looks.

There's a redesigned 3-series coming for 2012, and a GT version is joining in the lineup. These spy photos give an early look at the 3-series GT ahead of its expected debut this September at the Frankfurt motor show.

The arrival of the 3-series GT will give BMW healthy coverage of the small-crossover segment, with new versions of the X1 and the X3 recently launched.

Much like the 5-series GT, the 3-series variant will have a higher seating position, more ground clearance and the two-tier hatch design.

The powertrain lineup will include several four- and six-cylinder engines, some of them turbocharged. Look for rear-drive and all-wheel-drive setups.

By Dale Jewett