BMW reveal 3-Series Gran Turismo

BMW has revealed its new 3-Series Gran Turismo will make its official debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

The German manufacturer has added the more practical hatchback to its 3-Series range, mixing a blend of the saloon's driving dynamics with increased storage space.

The 3-Series Gran Turismo follows in the footsteps of its 5-Series stable mate, which also combined enhanced practicality with traditionally sleek saloon features. The 3-Series will be more expensive when it goes on sale in the UK on 15 June.

The cheapest 320i SE 3-Series Gran Turismo is expected to start from £28,830, which is around £1,300 more than the equivalent 3-Series Touring estate, although the complex aerodynamics are said to be worth the extra outlay.

Designers have made sure the 3-Series Gran Turismo stands apart from other 3-Series models, with the only common attribute coming in the form of the front grille and headlights. But it is the frameless side doors and a sloping hatchback that really catch the eye, while a unique rear spoiler - the first of its kind on any BMW model - can automatically raise when travelling at speed.

Consumers will be able to choose from three petrol models, such as the entry-level four-cylinder 320i, the medium-sized 328i and the six-pot 335i, while two initial diesel options come in the form of the 318d and the 320d before the 325d is released later in the year.

The basic 3-Series Gran Turismo 320i has a power output of 141bhp, while the top-spec 335i utilises 301bhp. All models come with a six-speed gearbox and rear-wheel drive as standard, with the diesel models featuring a fuel economy of 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km.

Measuring 4.28 metres long, the Gran Turismo is 20 centimetres longer than the Touring estate. Each seat is also elevated by 59mm, compared to the saloon and Touring models, to give a more spacious interior feel.

The interior can be kitted out with one of five familiar trim grades, such as SE, Sport, Modern and Luxury, while the M Sport line adds M logos and a unique aerodynamics package to the others. Those who choose the SE trim can expect 18-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch colour screen with iDrive capabilities and climate control as standard.

BMW has revealed its new 3-Series Gran Turismo will make its official debut at the Geneva motor show next month.

The German manufacturer has added the more practical hatchback to its 3-Series range, mixing a blend of the saloon's driving dynamics with increased storage space.

The 3-Series Gran Turismo follows in the footsteps of its 5-Series stable mate, which also combined enhanced practicality with traditionally sleek saloon features. The 3-Series will be more expensive when it goes on sale in the UK on 15 June.

The cheapest 320i SE 3-Series Gran Turismo is expected to start from £28,830, which is around £1,300 more than the equivalent 3-Series Touring estate, although the complex aerodynamics are said to be worth the extra outlay.

Designers have made sure the 3-Series Gran Turismo stands apart from other 3-Series models, with the only common attribute coming in the form of the front grille and headlights. But it is the frameless side doors and a sloping hatchback that really catch the eye, while a unique rear spoiler - the first of its kind on any BMW model - can automatically raise when travelling at speed.

Consumers will be able to choose from three petrol models, such as the entry-level four-cylinder 320i, the medium-sized 328i and the six-pot 335i, while two initial diesel options come in the form of the 318d and the 320d before the 325d is released later in the year.

The basic 3-Series Gran Turismo 320i has a power output of 141bhp, while the top-spec 335i utilises 301bhp. All models come with a six-speed gearbox and rear-wheel drive as standard, with the diesel models featuring a fuel economy of 62.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km.

Measuring 4.28 metres long, the Gran Turismo is 20 centimetres longer than the Touring estate. Each seat is also elevated by 59mm, compared to the saloon and Touring models, to give a more spacious interior feel.

The interior can be kitted out with one of five familiar trim grades, such as SE, Sport, Modern and Luxury, while the M Sport line adds M logos and a unique aerodynamics package to the others. Those who choose the SE trim can expect 18-inch alloy wheels, a 6.5-inch colour screen with iDrive capabilities and climate control as standard.

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