Longer, roomier liftback 3-series, set for release next year, has been photographed free from camouflage for the first time
13 August 2012

The BMW 3-series GT has been photographed undisguised for the first time. It is thought the car will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show next year.

BMW has already started pilot production of the 3-series GT at its Leipzig production plant. The GT will be the first new 3-series body style to emerge since the short-lived Compact of 1994.

The new five-door liftback is based on a long-wheelbase version of the latest 3-series platform. Exact dimensions are still under wraps but the GT is likely to get a slightly shorter wheelbase than the Chinese market 3-series Li, which adds 110mm to the standard 3-series saloon’s 2810mm measurement.

The same platform structure is expected to be used for the to-be-confirmed 4-series Gran Coupé — another new four-door, 3-series based variant planned for launch in 2015.

Known internally under the codename F34, the 3-series GT follows the form of the 5-series GT, with a higher roofline and broader waistline than existing 3-series models, along with four frameless doors and a heavily angled tailgate.

With a longer wheelbase than its siblings, the upcoming 3-series GT is claimed to boast more rear legroom and load space than both the latest 3-series saloon and Touring models — something BMW suggests will see it appeal to family car buyers.

An optional glass roof is also said to combine with comparatively large windows to give the new car its own distinct cabin ambience, despite sharing most of its interior fittings with other models. Our photos show both standard and M Sport trim.

As with the 5-series GT, the two-piece tailgate opens either porthole-style or in union with the rear window for added versatility.

BMW engineers are also talking up the 3-series GT’s refinement, suggesting the longer wheelbase has allowed scope for a more comfort-orientated approach to its chassis tuning.

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TS7

13 August 2012

Wonder why it's drawn with a 61 'plate?

13 August 2012

It is just as ugly and irrelevant as the 5 Series GT then!!!

14 August 2012

... they could only make it slightly sleeker and lower.

Overweight shape is what spoils the current 5 series GT, as opposed to the fluid design of the saloon or the estate.

 

4 December 2012

zetapiscium wrote:

... they could only make it slightly sleeker and lower.

Overweight shape is what spoils the current 5 series GT, as opposed to the fluid design of the saloon or the estate.

 

My thoughts exactly.

I don't understand BMW's obsession with making these GT models' rooflines so high and awkward looking instead of going for a lower and sleeker look. It's not as if the 5 series GT has been selling well to make BMW stick with this needlessly high roofline design ethos, has it?

And if the high roofline thing is because of extra space, even there it's needless because those who demand more room can always opt for the Touring models.

jer

14 August 2012

Probably a popular size or those than need space. But if it is 10cm longer wont it canibalise 5 touring sales?

14 August 2012

So is this a four seat car?  It's not the prettiest thing, but it doesn't look as hideous as the 5 series version.  I suppose the benefit is on the inside rather than the outside.  What market is this aimed at?  Family's who have two larger kids?

14 August 2012

After years of ignoring the most important and popular segment of the market, the Germans finally realise that most families buy hatchbacks not saloons, this will succeed in taking further sales from the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia. I wonder how long before we see a Passat hatchback.. 

14 August 2012

Citytiger wrote:

After years of ignoring the most important and popular segment of the market, the Germans finally realise that most families buy hatchbacks not saloons, this will succeed in taking further sales from the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia. I wonder how long before we see a Passat hatchback.. 

Not only will it take sales from the Mondeo and the Insignia, but also from the Audi A5 Sportback (which is its main target). The handsome new Mazda 6, based on the limited shots that have so far been released, would also have been a strong competitor in this segment - but they decided to drop the hatchback variant.

4 December 2012

Audi_A5 wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

After years of ignoring the most important and popular segment of the market, the Germans finally realise that most families buy hatchbacks not saloons, this will succeed in taking further sales from the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia. I wonder how long before we see a Passat hatchback.. 

Not only will it take sales from the Mondeo and the Insignia, but also from the Audi A5 Sportback (which is its main target). The handsome new Mazda 6, based on the limited shots that have so far been released, would also have been a strong competitor in this segment - but they decided to drop the hatchback variant.

Not sure how closely it will compete with the Audi A5 Sportback.  The A5 is aimed at those who want a lower/sleeker car than the A4, whereas the 3GT is aimed at those who want a taller, more practical 3-series without going for a Touring or X3.  In the same way, the 5GT doesn't compete with the Audi A7 or Mercedes CLS, but cuts a niche between 5-series Touring and X5.

I don't see many 5GTs around in the Uk, so maybe it's another model aimed at the Asian markets.

14 August 2012

I have seen spy shots of one being tested and it actually looks pretty good - far better than the 5gt monstrosity. I really like the sound of this, I just hope bmw don't mess up the front like they have with the 1 series.  I don't, however, understand the need for a 3 gt and a 4 gran turismo.

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