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.