UPDATE: BMW has now released details and Australian timing for the 3 Series Gran Turismo. Article adjusted.
The latest model in BMW's tall new GT range, the 2014 3 Series Gran Turismo, has been unveiled this week ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut.
The new five-door GT borrows its styling from the regular 3 Series range, adding its own unique bumper design, a broader grille stronger connecting point to the headlights.
From the A-pillar back, the tall '3er' is more a match for the 5 Series GT, with a long flowing roofline, high rear deck and newly styled tail-lights.
Like the new 4 Series Coupe concept, the 3 Series GT also features - at least in some trim grades - a hooked brake vent behind the front wheel arches.
The differences don't end with the GT's styling, with the tall new 'Bimmer' entering as a larger and more spacious model than any other 3 Series offering.
The GT is 80mm taller and 20mm wider than the regular 3 Series, riding on a wheelbase 110mm longer than the Touring wagon.
And even though rear legroom has grown by nearly 70mm, that tapered roofline gives away nothing in the cabin, with rear storage greater than in the wagon by around 20 litres.
The 3 Series Gran Turismo will launch with three petrol and two diesel engines, all turbocharged and ranging in power from 105 to 225kW.
The model spread will include 320i and 328i petrol models, 318d and 320d diesels, and the top-shelf 335i flagship petrol model.
A top-shelf M Sport equipped model will headline the range, adding unique styling elements and sharpened handling.
Speaking with TMR today, BMW Australia's Scott Croaker confirmed a third-quarter local debut for the 3 Series GT range.
Pricing and specs will be confirmed closer to launch.
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