After the leaked image of the 3-Series Gran Turismo was floated on the world wide web jsut two days back, BMW has now officially released the first images of the taller, powerful version of the company's biggest-seller, the 3-Series. The BMW 3-Series GT is scheduled for its first public debut at the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show that is slated to get underway on March 5, 2013.
The 3 Series GT is similar in concept to the larger 5 Series GT. To build both cars, BMW has taken one of its sedan and turned the into a high-roofed hatch that is supposed to be both stylish and practical.
With extra headroom, legroom, and cargo area, the 3-Series Gran Turismo combines the sedan’s drive characteristics with the practicality and versatility of its wagon model. The 3 Series Gran Turismo is 7.87 inches longer than the wagon and is 3.2 inches taller. The roofline may have a dramatic slope, but it’s actually 3.2 inches taller than either a 3 Series sedan or the wagon. A power tailgate includes a “smart opener” activated by swiping a foot under the rear bumper.
As for the engine range, the 3-Series GT is expected to come with the same set of power-trains as the 3-Series range and will come mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic.
Keeping in line with the BMW's convention, the 3-Series GT will be offered in Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line packages when it goes on sale, while the M Sport package will be made avaiable from July 2013 in the international market.