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More information surface on the BMW 3 Series GT

Rumors | May 29th, 2009 by 8
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With the introduction of the BMW 5 Series GT, BMW can now move forward with their plans of building a Gran Turismo version of the …

With the introduction of the BMW 5 Series GT, BMW can now move forward with their plans of building a Gran Turismo version of the popular 3 Series models.

The PAC, Progressive Activity Coupe or V3, as it is known internally, is expected to based on long-wheel base 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.

The idea of a PAC vehicle is that the little less wealthy 3er customers might find 5 Series too expensive, X3 too big, therefore, the 3 Series GT can be desired solution.

More information surface on the BMW 3 Series GT

BMW 3 Series GT Rendering

When questioned about the new 3 Series GT and how the the worldwide financial crisis had affected plans for this model, BMW CEO Dr. Reithofer said, “We haven’t canceled the development project for a crossover off the 3-series because it is considered a volume builder with which we can earn good money.” So, in other words, it’s coming!

In a recent post, Scott27, member of GCZ, has some new details on the 3er GT:

We call it Progressive Activity Coupe – because of the way the roof slopes down at the rear but instead of a larger glass area as in a Touring, we have an additional quarter light and a wrap around tailgate the rear end is a combination of Touring and a shooting brake . The 3 GT will not feature the flexible trunk arrangement instead settling for a traditional trunk to which aid the flexibility of the GT you will be able to lift the glass area for easy storage and then have full use of a tailgate as you would have in an SAV or Touring.

Because 3 GT will be in a smaller segment compared to the 5er it will share some personalization features such as optional bench or individual seating , and a very personal approach to luxury.
Because of the segment of the 3 GT the car will be very dynamic to drive it is best seen as an alternative to a Touring – Like the 5er GT it is all about making a statement and making cars very personal to the customer.

The engine range will include the latest six cylinder turbo as found in the GT and the latest six cylinder diesel , additional petrol and diesels will include BMW‘s upcoming four cylinder Turbocharged petrol engine and the four cylinder diesel.

3er GT will also receive an optional full length Panoramic roof that will stretch from the front windscreen to the rear screen increasing the space on offer .
Based upon the new cost-efficient architecture that will be seen underneath the 1er and 3er that can be stretched and shrunk by being modular and flexible to whatever car requires it. The GT will be based on a slightly longer next generation 3er platform .

Prototypes using 3er Touring bodies and X1 facias have already begun testing the major componentry . With first prototypes carrying heavily disguised bodies to begin testing this September similar to the 5er GT in September 2007. When the time approaches BMW will no doubt showcase the 3er GT as a Concept.

If we were to draw a conclusion from all these details, it would the fact that we’re seeing a clear indication on how BMW would like to turn the 3GT into a high-volume seller car, rather than a niche-focused model as the 5 Series GT. Offering a wide range of engines will make the car appeal to multiple markets and customers, implicitly more opportunities to sell the car to different people.

So, whatever we like it or not, BMW is serious about extending their market share and creating new car segments. Will this be the best approach for the future? Time will tell….

[Source: GCZ ]

  • lisiy

    i like this photo…. it seems that GT3 looks better then GT5

  • Dede

    This is the BMW I am waiting for. I hear purists groan, but this is the vehicle I need BMW to build and build well. I like the artist impression though by the description the 3 GT may be more elongated. Couldn’t come soon enough as far as I am concerned. Not a fan of the 5 GT but this – yes.

  • 22i18a12

    This is a good idea and should be a big seller although hopefully it will not be as common as the 3 series saloon or touring.

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

    i want this car!ill buy one….or maybe 1er gt or x1…but i will drive a gt….love the 5er gt too…its great idea!

  • Alex

    What on earth is the point of this? Isn’t this why they make the 3 series station wagon? and the X1? Why make more dumb variations?

  • p.wong

    if with all the things bmw is birthing not i dont see my cs concept,imma stop loving that brand,whatthe hell…it looks goood but i think bwm is trying to hard to create a special niche,anyway time will be the only judge

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  • peter

    It doesn’t look as good as the current Touring, the cargo space, access to it, and the rear visibility is compromised compared to the Touring. There is no improvement in ground clearance for travel on unimproved roads. I don’t see the point of this design at all.

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