Almost unnoticed, the BMW 3 Series GT showed up during an early stage test drive somewhere in Germany. The secrecy around this new niche model from BMW is bigger than ever and not many information have leaked so far.
But here is what we know so far: the PAC, short for Progressive Activity Coupe, is built on a 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. Following the steps of its “bigger brother”, 5 Series Gran Turismo, the 3 GT will be available in a smaller segment and will share some personalization features such as optional bench or individual seating . It will bring a personal approach to luxury and will differentiate itself from the Wagon model.
Since it’s based on a 3 Series platform, BMW’s plans are to maintain the performance and dynamics seen on the other 3er models. The engine range will include the latest six cylinder turbo(N55) 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.
Some of you might ask why the “Progressive Activity Coupe” branding name? According to sources close to BMW, the name comes from the way the roof slopes down at the rear, but instead of a larger glass area as in a Wagon model, the BMW 3 Series GT will have an additional quarter light and a wrap around tailgate. The rear end could be defined as a combination of a Wagon and a Shooting Brake design .
The 3 GT will not feature the flexible trunk arrangement, but instead it settles for a traditional trunk which gives the option to lift the glass area for easy storage and then have full use of a tailgate as you would have in an SAV or Wagon.
Even though it has not been confirmed by multiples sources, the rumor is that the BMW 3 Series will be introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in a concept format.
Below you can see a rendering of the 3 Series GTCar-vs-Car ]