By Jennifer Geiger on February 7, 2013
BMW is expanding its 3 Series line yet again: On the heels of unveiling the 3 Series wagon at the Detroit auto show, the automaker plans to unveil a Gran Turismo version at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Styling matches that of the slow-selling 5 Series Gran Turismo model, with a coupelike profile, sloping roofline and broad tailgate. It also has four doors with frameless windows and an active rear spoiler that deploys from the roof to improve aerodynamics — a BMW first. Also new to the brand is a power tailgate activated with a foot swipe under the rear bumper, similar to Ford's system.
The GT seats four passengers, and they sit 2.3 inches higher than in the sedan. Compared with the new wagon, the GT is 7.9 inches longer and 3 inches taller. It'll also offer an extra cubic foot of cargo space (18.3 cubic feet total) and a backseat that folds in a 40/20/40 split. There's also LED strips to illuminate the cargo area.
Mirroring the rest of the 3 Series lineup, the GT will be available in 328i and 335i models and in standard, Sport Line, Luxury Line, Modern Line and M Sport trims. Engines are also familiar: Powering 328i models is the 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and 335i uses the 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder. An eight-speed automatic is standard. No word yet on manual transmission availability.
The 2014 3 Series GT will go on sale in the U.S. this summer. Check back with us for pricing details.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer