All-new five-door fastback is due as early as 2012,ready to take on Audi's A5 Sportback
7 January 2010

Underneath this disguised 3-series are the mechanicals of the forthcoming 3-series GT. BMW hopes the new model will broaden the appeal of the 3-series in the same way that a hatchback variant has widened the scope of the 5-series.

However, the new car won’t just be a smaller version of the Five GT. This time BMW is aiming to produce a fastback 3-series rather than the business express limo that is the Five GT. The 3-series GT will be more of a rival to Audi’s A5 Sportback, which is halfway between a fastback A4 and a four-door A5.

Not only would a GT variant help to make the 3-series more profitable, but it would also go some way to insuring BMW against a drop in SUV sales by offering a more socially acceptable alternative to vehicles such as the X3.

The car in our scoop pictures is testing the GT’s mechanical make-up. It’s clothed in a current 3-series saloon bodyshell and the top half of the mule, from the doorline up, is from that car. But from the waistline down the body has been altered to accommodate the new car’s chassis.

The extended rear passenger door, which has extra disguise around the rear of the window, points to a longer wheelbase than the current 3-series to give more room inside. Further disguise around the rear window indicates that BMW’s engineers are experimenting with a new boot opening, too.

The test car also has wider front and rear tracks than the regular 3-series, which fits with the idea of a wider, longer version of the saloon. The extended wheel arches look capable of accommodating bigger wheels, too.

At the moment it’s unclear if the 3-series GT will be launched before the new saloon, although the presence of this test mule suggests that, like the 5-series, the fastback will be launched before the saloon; that could be in 2012.

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7 January 2010

Doesn't it look more like a saloon than a fastback?......could it possibly be the new 3 series?

7 January 2010

Am I right in guessing that the word 'Hatchback' is not in the German vocabulary or it was but its not used in this case because it is deemed too cheap a word to be associated with a 3 series or an A5 hatchback??

7 January 2010

[quote JontyB]Am I right in guessing that the word 'Hatchback' is not in the German vocabulary or it was but its not used in this case because it is deemed too cheap a word to be associated with a 3 series or an A5 hatchback??[/quote]

Why call an estate a touring, or an avant?

Even if it is deemed too cheap, why not call it something else?

Why does it matter?

7 January 2010

The red artists impression looks amazing, with X Drive and a 5th rear seat option, this will blow the Audi A5 away (which like most Audi's looks good but is dynamically poor). I will seriously consider this when I next come to change my car.

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7 January 2010

The concept (red) looks great (for a bmw)

7 January 2010

It seems to be the future 3 series.


22 June 2010

the bmw gt is one of the top-selling model in vehicle industry. fuel economy is good, all its bmw parts are perfect and technologically-advanced.

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