In addition to the 3 Series sedan, and wagon, BMW has introduced the 3 Series Gran Turismo in anticipation of the Geneva Motor Show this March. The car is designed to accommodate both driver and passengers comfortably on long road trips.
The 3 Series Gran Turismo provides rear seat passengers with approximately 3 more inches of legroom, and an additional 2.5 inches of headroom. The car’s wheelbase has been lengthened by 4 inches to improve room in the cabin, and to provide additional trunk space (the Gran Turismo has the largest trunk space of the three 3 Series variants).
Styling wise, the Gran Turismo receives a few nip tucks. Specifically, the Gran Turismo features a larger kidney grill, larger headlights, and larger front air intakes. The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo adopts the side air vents seen on the BMW 4 Series concept, and also uses an active rear spoiler that deploys at speed to improve fuel economy.
The Gran Turismo will be available in four trim levels; customers will be able to choose from a twin-turbo charged inline six cylinder gasoline engine, two gasoline four cylinder engines, and two diesel four cylinders engines. The car comes with a 6-speed automatic as standard, though customers can upgrade to an 8-speed automatic for improved fuel economy and performance.
BMW’s second attempt to create the ultimate grand touring car will go on sale this spring, with an M-sport variant to be released in the summer.