The subject of a BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo came to life back in 2010 when first rumors around a 3 Series niche vehicle began to surface. Building on the successful, yet controversial 5 Series GT, the 3 Series GT will offer similar attributes and design ideas as the bigger GT, but with a more attractive and sleeker lines.
The core idea of a Gran Turismo vehicle remains, traveling in style and luxury, but without sacrificing performance. Even though not officially confirmed, we expect the 3 GT to be also a vehicle built from inside out, same as the first Gran Turismo penned by Christopher Weil.
BMW insider Scott27 says the 3 Series GT will offer a simple hatch function forgoing the twin trunk arrangement on the 5er GT. BMW intends to offer both turbocharged petrol and diesel four cylinder engines. For the high-end 3 Series GT, a choice of six cylinders and a hybrid drivetrain will be available. BMW’s all-wheel-drive platform, xDrive, will be optional as well.
The exterior design of the 3er GT will follow its bigger brother, 5er GT, by being totally independent from the 3 Series Sedan design. Some design cues will most likely be shared and elements from the current BMW design language will be present as well.
The 3er GT is much lower and sleeker than the 5er GT. Customers for the 3er GT are entirely different from the 5er GT, especially with the car being a 3 Series in which the customer expects the best premium entry-level Sports sedan.
We learned that internally the 3GT is referred as the “Progressive Activity Coupe” rather than the “Progressive Sports Coupe” naming convention reported by the insider.
We expect the 3 GT to hit the market in 2013, with a concept debut in 2012.