2013 All-New BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo To Be The Biggest One Yet
With more and more images of the BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo circulating around the web, BMW themselves have finally released details of this all-new dynamic sedan.
Having already seen what the new car looks like inside and out, we’ve now been given a full scope of the all-new BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo, courtesy of BMW themselves.
So what is the BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo?
It’s larger than any BMW 3-Series ever made; even larger than the Touring estate. The new 3-Series GT is 200 millimetres longer in total than the 3-Series Touring, comes with a 110-millimetre longer wheelbase, and stands 81 millimetres taller.
Most notably, the BMW 3-Series GT has a large boot; ready to accommodate anything from a small fridge to longer surfboards. Also, not all that is big in this car derives from its boot space. The cabin is also therefore more spacious than any readily available 3-Series.
The new BMW 3-Series GT give will function provide more practicality and versatility than any 3-Series before it; more head and legroom, easier entry and exit, intelligent load area management (520 litres of boot capacity) – all the while maintaining its sporting credentials.
Performance: Here’s what you’ve been dying to know, engines
Three petrol and two diesels have been called up to power the new BMW 3-Series GT.
All five engines will cover outputs ranging from 143hp, all the way up to 306hp, and will be powered by BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The full range of petrol BMW 3-Series GTs start up-top from the mighty six-cylinder 335i, to the four-cylinder 328i and 320i, and are accompanied by its diesel siblings; the 320d, and the 318d.
All of the five variants in the above send their power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox as standard (internationally), but the BMW 3-Series GT will also be offered with its eight-speed automatic as an option.
Intelligent interior essentials: Three equipment lines
High-end fit and finish is the goal of this BMW: premium ambience, convenience and ride comfort for all. And as with the design language of the new 3-Series, you can get the GT in three equipment lines as well; Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line. There will also be an optional M Sport package, which will be ready in July 2013.
What else should I know?
BMW EfficientDynamics: What this essentially means is that the BMW 3-Series GT maintains the excellent fuel-economy of the existing range of BMWs. Through its lightweight construction, optimised aerodynamics, Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and much more, the 3-Series GT is as fuel-efficient as can be. You also have BMW’s new ECO PRO Route function to further improve fuel economy over the already-frugal ECO PRO mode.
When will it be released?
The BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo will make its full debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March.