BMW has persisted with the GT moniker that donned the current 5 Series GT and created a 3 Series GT model. Apparently the loading space on a 3 Series Touring isn’t quite large enough so the 3 GT has an extra 25-litres boot space (520), a few lashing points to tie goods down, some under floor compartments and an adaptable rear seat setup that splits in a 40:20:40 fold.
Initial reviews on the design have not been complimentary but BMW must have been expecting this after the 5 Series GT reviews and subsequent sales failure. Many regard the GT line as a niche too far.
BMW is giving the GT a host of engines, covering an output range from 105kW to 225kW. All the powerplants use BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The range-topping six-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet of the BMW 335i Gran Turismo is joined by the four-cylinder petrol units in the BMW 328i Gran Turismo and BMW 320i Gran Turismo. The two 2.0-litre diesel engines powering the BMW 320d Gran Turismo and BMW 318d Gran Turismo round off the line-up at launch.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although BMW also offers an eight-speed automatic as an option for all engine variants. Both gearboxes link up with the fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop function.
The 3 Series Gran Turismo is 200mm longer in total than the BMW 3 Series Touring, comes with a 110mm longer wheelbase and stands 81mm taller.