A BMW 3 Series GT has been rumored for quite some time now and several reports have been published by us in the past, but today, first spy photos of the 3 Series GT surfaced on the interwebs. As expected, the 3 Series Gran Turismo features some design cues as seen on the bigger 5GT, a hatch (simplified this time) and a raised ride height. The 3 Series GT will offer similar attributes and design ideas as the bigger GT, but with a more attractive and sleeker lines.
The car has a high belt line that completely wraps around the car, therefore allowing the roof to be lower and sleeker.
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.
Our sources 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.
We learned that internally the 3GT is referred as the “Progressive Activity Coupe.”
The 3er GT build on the success of the 5 Series GT which has sold over 20,000 units since its introduction at the end of 2009. In the US, the 5er GT has already eclipsed over two-years combined sales of the 5 Series Touring.
With first test mules hitting the ground in late March, we anticipate that BMW will unveil the 3 Series GT in a concept form at the home show in Frankfurt.[Source: Brenda Priddy via Autoblog ]