The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is now on sale in Australia, further diversifying the popular premium mid-sized range with a fifth body style.
Mirroring the design of the 5 Series GT luxury hatchback, the BMW 3 Series GT offers buyers a new niche that blurs the line between sedan and wagon at a price that exceeds both.
Priced from $69,500, the entry-level BMW 320i GT costs $10,900 more than the equivalent sedan and $6900 more than the 320i Touring.
The $71,800 BMW 320d GT demands the same premium over the sedan (BMW Australia does not offer a 320d Touring), while at $76,500, the flagship BMW 328i GT costs $10,600 more than the equivalent sedan and $6600 more than the Touring.
The 320i GT’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine produces 135kW and 270Nm, helping it from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds while consuming a claimed 6.2 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.
The 135kW/380Nm 2.0-litre 320d GT diesel is the economy leader, using 4.9L/100km, and matching the base petrol in the sprint to triple figures.
The range-topping 328i GT produces 180kW and 350Nm, launching it to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds while using 6.5L/100km combined.
At 4824mm long, 1828mm wide, 1489mm tall and riding on a 2920mm wheelbase, the BMW 3 Series GT is 200mm longer, 17mm wider and 60mm taller than the sedan and wagon variants, and is 110mm longer between the wheels.
Its 520-litre boot gives the hatchback a 40-litre advantage over the sedan and 25 litres over the Touring, while BMW says an additional 70mm of legroom places the 3GT between the 5 Series large car and 7 Series limousine for rear accommodation. Cargo space expands to 1600 litres with the 40:20:40 split rear seats folded forwards.
The cabin largely mirrors the design of the sedan and wagon, although BMW says the 3 Series GT’s elevated seating position, which perches the driver 59mm higher, creates better visibility and aids ease of ingress and egress.
Like the 5 Series GT, the 3GT features a bigger kidney grille and headlights, while larger lower intakes and a smoother bonnet further differentiate the hatch from its siblings.
Double swage lines and pronounced doorsills add character to the profile, which is made even more distinctive by ‘Air Breather’ vents behind the front wheel arches and the sloping roofline. The muscular rear end features a high bootlid and broad L-shaped LED tail-lights.
Standard features include leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control and a rear-view camera. The 320i and 320d grades include a 6.5-inch central screen with the Business Navigation system, while the 328i upgrades with an 8.8-inch screen, Professional Navigation system, internet connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming and a nine-speaker audio system, among other features.
The BMW 3 Series GT range also comes standard with the choice of one of BMW’s ‘Lines’ design themes, with customers given the option of Modern, Luxury and Sports interior and exterior trim packages.
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo manufacturer’s list prices: