BMW 3 Series GT Concept coming at Frankfurt Auto Show

Rumors | February 20th, 2009 by 17

If Geneva is all about the BMW 5 Series GT, the International Auto Show in Frankfurt will be hosting the world premiere of the BMW …

If Geneva is all about the BMW 5 Series GT, the International Auto Show in Frankfurt will be hosting the world premiere of the BMW 3 Series GT Concept, a vehicle that will be part of a new line of models designed by BMW.

Together with a 1 Series GT, BMW is stepping into a new market, a niche that they feel it’s available and attractive for them. If the 5er GT will appeal to those customers looking for a 7 Series luxury and a higher ride like in an SAV, the 3 Series GT or Progressive Activity Coupe, will appeal as a medium volume car for a lot of BMW’s customer looking for a smaller version of the 5 GT.

The PAC, Progressive Activity Coupe or V3, as it is known internally, is expected to based on long wheelbase 3 Series. The Progressive Activity Coupe has a higher roof when compared to the existing 3 Series Wagon and of course, a longer wheelbase as well. We learned a while back that the 3-series crossover will come with rear-wheel drive as standard, but four-wheel drive will be offered as an option.

The 3 Series GT is all about space and convenience, but without sacrificing performance. The rear seats offer generous room, higher sitting position that in the regular 3 Series models and of course, comfort.

The BMW V3 will be competing with the upcoming 2010 Audi A5 Sportback, a five-door configuration concept much sleeker than traditional Audi Avant wagons. The EfficientDynamics technology is expected to be part of the Progressive Activity Coupe, so we should expect a hybrid version as well.

  • Giom

    Are you saying they already have a V3 concept car ready? This must be a real concept and not just a production ready prototype with funky wing mirrors.

    I really think BMW is onto something here.

    Was just wondering if the 5GT could cut into 7-series sales?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1516843192 Horatiu Boe

    @Giom: Yes they do….I believe the 5GT will not cut into the 7er sales, just because of the cheaper price and especially, different clientele.

  • Daniel

    Oh God, not another crossover……The 5 GT is okay….but not so sure about a 3 GT. I mean, what’s the point really? X1, X3, 3er Wagon….

  • kafkef

    Would be interesting if they replaced the 3 & 5 series wagons with the GTs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631237176 Vaybach Khan

    bmw 3 gt i cant wait!!!!!!if it gonna look like that renderings that i saw i would buy one 4 sure! but i would like to see bmw 1 sedan based on current model with rear lights like one on the 1er coupe,that would be awesome….but 1 gt ?whats that about?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631237176 Vaybach Khan

    can somebody do a photoshop of 1er sedan ..thx

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631237176 Vaybach Khan

    good idea kafket,i thought the same..

  • Mathis

    At least in Europe they will never replace the Tourings with the GT, here they will sell both. People here crave the practicality and looks of the Touring.

    In the US market, where at least I almost never see a Touring – the GT might be an option in replacing and growing the Touring market…

  • Lance

    This is just a bit risky! In these tough times, BMW is still doing such a thing? Just don’t cry for bail outs a few months down the line, please.. the world cannot be without BMWs. I think BMW is going to take custoemrs away from their own current products, obviously from other rival brands as well.maybe that’s their point

  • L1ndja

    Well Bmw is risking a lot in these tough times and i really am starting to worry about them..I just hope they wont do anything stupid..
    PS:Why didn’t the risk on the CS as well it wouldn’t have been as risky as the 5GT because it would have made more sense back then and even now,if they had continued im sure the CS would have been probably revealed and now ready to go on sale..

  • Larry Byrid

    Just when we thought BMW couldn’t get any uglier they come with some Mazda hatchbacks with BMW badges.

    I guess they will test just how much crap their loyal buyers will buy lol.

  • Daniel J.

    @Larry Byrid: Well, let’s see what comes out…many people hated the idea of a PAS/5GT, but…now, it seems like it gains popularity

  • mathis

    @ Lance and L1ndja

    Its a bit harsh to blame BMW for risking to much in these times. 5 GT & 3 GT were developed over a span of at least 5 years – they could have stopped their market release 2 years ago, but to be honest 2 years ago the situation was not as bad as it is now. If they stop the release now they would have simply wasted a few billion €uros of development costs.

    To be honest I don’t think its that risky both cars will share a lot of parts with other BMWs (3, 5, 7, X6) so the extra cost & risk is small.

  • L1ndja

    @mathis: I know dude and you are right that they would have wasted some million if not billion Euros but all im saying is that they should have kept going with the CS not stop it.Many automakers are making such cars like Audi(A7),MB(the new CLS),Porsche(Panamera),even Aston Martin…They shouldnt have given up on the CS!

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  • Dmlgc

    The X6 style in all sizes will be the new BMW’s. Purist will moan and groan and swear never to buy another BMW and for everyone of them BMW will acquire 4 new customers.

    I remember folks groaning that the 2002 was perfect and there was no reason for BMW to do a 3 series.

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