2013 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The new 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, which will arrive in the U.S. in the summer as both a 328i and a 335i, will debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
- The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is the German brand's first model to sport an active rear spoiler.
- Pricing has not been announced.
It may be the missing link for buyers who need something a little bigger and more practical than the typical German sedan. Pricing has not been announced.
"The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is notably larger than the sedan and sports wagon variants of the 3 Series range," said BMW in a statement.
Clever use of proportions keeps the 3 Series Gran Turismo from looking bulky. The 3 Series Gran Turismo, which seats three adults comfortably in the rear, rides on a 115-inch wheelbase, the same as a BMW X5. It also has more trunk capacity than the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon.
The 3 Series Gran Turismo adds 7.9 inches to the length of the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon and has a 4.3- inch longer wheelbase. It is also more than 3 inches taller than the Sports Wagon.
The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is the German brand's first model to sport an active rear spoiler, which is designed to reduce lift at highway speeds. At lower speeds it retracts virtually out of sight.
Practical features abound and include a standard electric tailgate with an optional Smart Opener that allows the tailgate to be opened hands-free with a movement of the foot under the rear bumper. The cargo hold includes a 12-volt power socket. A standard storage package bundles a remote release function for the rear seat backrests, a gas pressure spring for the load compartment floor, a sliding retaining net and a variable attachment system using two rails integrated into the load compartment floor.
The 3 Series Gran Turismo can be dressed up with different equipment lines, including the Sport Line, which adds high-gloss black exterior accents and optional 18-inch or 19-inch light-alloy wheels.
The optional M Sport Line includes a lowered M Sport suspension and enhanced aerodynamics.
The base 3 Series Gran Turismo is equipped with a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The BMW 335i Gran Turismo is upgraded with a 300-hp 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine. The engines are linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
A sports version of the eight-speed automatic transmission is available for cars equipped with the Sport Line and M Sport Line. This unit offers faster shift times and the option of changing gears manually using paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
An ECO PRO mode, which is designed to improve fuel efficiency, is standard on all models. The driver can choose ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes. Each has different settings for powertrain and suspension components. BMW has not provided fuel economy estimates on the 3 Series Gran Turismo.
Edmunds says: This is the combination of style, utility and performance that could make the whole GT experiment at BMW a success.