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(from BMW Press
Release) The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.
The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo adds an innovative new concept to
the successful BMW 3 Series line-up. The third body variant in the
current model family combines the Sedan’s dynamic, sporting genes
with the practicality and versatility of the Touring, qualities
which are backed up by a palpable increase in space and driving
comfort. The Gran Turismo exudes aesthetic and emotional appeal,
boasts a distinctive presence on the road and offers similarly
pronounced driving pleasure. All of which allows the new Gran
Turismo to make a compelling case for itself as both an elegant
business carriage and a dynamic, comfortable tourer.
Typical BMW proportions, four doors with frameless windows, a
coupe-style, gently downward-sloping roofline and a large,
automatically opening and closing tailgate define the distinctive
exterior character of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. An active rear
spoiler – the first of its type on a BMW – provides visual lightness
and reduces lift at touring speeds. The new BMW 3 Series Gran
Turismo is 200 millimetres longer in total than the BMW 3 Series
Touring, comes with a 110-millimetre longer wheelbase and stands 81
millimetres taller. However, the clever use of proportions, surfaces
and lines ensures that the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is immediately
recognisable as a member of the new BMW 3 Series range.
Impressive long-distance comfort
in a unique ambience.
dimensions allow the passengers in every seat of the BMW 3 Series
Gran Turismo to sit back and enjoy an impressive feeling of space
and unbeatable freedom of movement. The front and rear passengers
all benefit from a seating position raised by 59 millimetres, which
provides an outstanding view out and makes entry and exit
significantly more comfortable. Plus, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo
also offers extra headroom. The increase in space will be
particularly noticeable in the rear compartment, where a full 70
millimetres of additional legroom over the Sedan and Touring –
giving luxury-car levels of spaciousness – is there to be enjoyed.
The cocooning nature of the interior, complemented by its design
forms, colour scheme and materials, creates a lounge-style ambience
which allows passengers to enjoy short trips and long journeys alike
in relaxed comfort.
Intelligent load area management.
The load area also
reflects the car’s increased dimensions, its 520 litres of boot
capacity even outstripping that of the BMW 3 Series Touring by 25
litres. The large load aperture and high-opening tailgate make
access easier. Practical standard features – such as the 40:20:40
split/folding rear seat bench with folding head restraints and
tilt-adjustable backrests (cargo function), and the two-piece parcel
shelf – underscore the impressive functionality of the BMW 3 Series
Gran Turismo. The large load area can be utilised in many different
ways, allowing intelligent space management. Practical features such
as lashing points, multifunction hooks and an underfloor storage
compartment make it even more convenient to use, while the LED
strips that illuminate the cargo area emphasise the premium quality
of the 3 Series Gran Turismo
Quintessential BMW 3 Series:
functional elegance, three equipment lines.
combinations and fit and finish of the highest quality underline the
premium ambience on board the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The
latest addition to the 3 Series family can be ordered in an
entry-level version, with the Sport Line, Luxury Line or Modern Line
equipment packages, or with the optional M Sport package, which will
already be available from July 2013.
Three petrol and two diesel
engines power the GT off the start line.
Customers can choose
from a selection of five powerful, refined and economical engines –
covering an output range from 105 kW/143 hp to 225 kW/306 hp– from
the launch of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. All the powerplants
use BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The range-topping six-cylinder
petrol engine under the bonnet of the BMW 335i Gran Turismo is
joined by the four-cylinder petrol units in the BMW 328i Gran
Turismo and BMW 320i Gran Turismo. The two 2.0-litre diesel engines
powering the BMW 320d Gran Turismo and BMW 318d Gran Turismo round
off the line-up at launch.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox as
standard, although BMW also offers an eight-speed automatic as an
option for all engine variants. Both gearboxes link up with the
fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop function.
Advanced suspension technology, featuring a large number of
light-alloy components, the torque steer-free Electric Power
Steering, finely-balanced axle load distribution (50:50) and a
torsionally stiff lightweight body ensure outstanding handling
attributes and a high degree of agility and precision.
The longer wheelbase (+ 110 mm), greater wheel diameter and baseline
specification of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo– which includes
17-inch wheels – result in a car offering excellent directional
stability and long-distance comfort.
In addition to its
enviable practicality and sporting dynamics, the outstanding fuel
economy of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also serves the cause
of driving pleasure. The key here is the BMW EfficientDynamics
development strategy, whose influence can be seen in virtually every
area of the new model. Building on the good work of the ultra-frugal
petrol and diesel engines, the intelligent lightweight construction
concept of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismoand its optimised
aerodynamics (including Air Curtains, Air Breathers and the active
rear spoiler) do their bit to maximise efficiency and dynamics. And
other measures, such as the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy
Regeneration, Optimum Shift Indicator and on-demand operation of
ancillary components join the campaign to ensure the powerful BMW 3
Series Gran Turismoboasts impressively low fuel consumption and
emissions. The economy drive doesn’t stop there, either; the car
still has the potential to cut fuel use by as much as another 20 per
cent using ECO PRO mode and the new ECO PRO Route function.
An extensive selection
of driver assistance systems and mobility solutions, offered under
the BMW ConnectedDrive programme, allows the new BMW 3 Series Gran
Turismo to set the benchmark in its segment in terms of safety,
convenience and infotainment. One highlight of the range is the
latest-generation full-colour Head-Up Display, which projects key
information onto the windscreen in sharp resolution. Included
alongside an array of other convenience and safety-enhancing
assistance systems is highly effective interface technology that
allows extensive use of external mobile phones and numerous
Bluetooth office functions for internet-based services.
The Apps option and free BMW Connected application provide access to
services such as social networks, web radio and iPhone calendar
functions. Last but not least, information and office services, and
travel and leisure planners using the Google Maps and Panoramio
services, further increase levels of passenger comfort in the new
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.