Luxury car maker BMW’s newest addition to the 3-series, viz. the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo (GT), has recently been captured in a spy camera while the upcoming vehicle was on a trial.
The spy pictures of the prototype offer a much more lucid view of what the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will look like.
The prototype of the BMW features a longer wheelbase than the sedan and a five-door lift-back body. It looks pretty attractive, but the sporty character of the upcoming vehicle fails to match up to its main rival – the Audi A5 Sport back.
The pictures of the prototype also show that the new BMW 3 Series GT will shed the twin-door hatch design of the 5-Series GT and will adopt standard one piece hatch. The change will make the new vehicle nearly 15 inches longer than the company’s standard 3-Series cars. The change will also enhance the interior headroom for the passengers, thanks to the shooting brake layout. After the decade of 1990, this is going to the first new body style to be added to the 3-series range of the company. The company’s “Compact” from the decade of 1990s was a 3-door hatchback.
The new BMW 3 Series GT is expected to have the similar 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder, turbocharged powertrains as present in existing 3 series vehicles. There will also be 3.0-litre turbocharged 6-cylinder and varied inline 4 and straight 6 diesel engines and present in the sedan.
The manufacturer is also expected to introduce certain versions of the upcoming GT in all-wheel drive formats.
In short, the new BMW 3 Series GT is pleasing to the eye than the company’s 5-series GT.
The new BMW 3 Series GT is widely expected to be officially introduced to the world at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and go up on sale next year.
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