BMW 3 Series GT is on course for a world debut in 2012. The niche model joins the new 3 Series family to extend the demographic for the most popular series in the BMW lineup. First spy photos of the 3 Series GT appeared back in March and based on these shots rendering artists have begun to draw the lines of the new car.
As expected and seen in the spy photos, 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. Internally the 3GT is referred as the “Progressive Activity Coupe.” BMW calls this prototype “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, there is an additional quarter light and a wrap around tailgate. The rear end is a combination of Touring and a Shooting Brake.
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.
According to the same source, BMW have been planning a Shooting Brake style car for quite some time now. To quote the source, BMW sees the rumored 3 Series Gran Turismo as “the alternative to alternatives, a style conscious car with the dynamic prowess to match its looks.”
The BMW 3 Series GT comes to fill a niche, a void space between the 3 Series Touring and 5 Series GT, and just as its larger brother, it will be a premium vehicle with luxurious design cues as seen on the 5 Series.[Renderings: Andrei Avarvarii ]