While it may be something of niche within the Australian market, the BMW 3 Series GT range has been pivotal in Europe, bridging the gap between the dynamic 3 Series range, and European-preferred MPVs.
On the outside the 3 Series GT range picks up standard LED head and fog lights, backed up by LED tai llights and framed by new front and rear bumpers, plus revised alloy wheel designs.
Inside BMW has lifted the tone of the interior with gloss black and chrome surfaces applied throughout the cabin. BMW ‘Professional’ Navigation has also been made available, with BMW's new 'tile' interface as introduced on the 7 Series, plus inductive charging and WiFi hotspot functionality join the options list.
Meanwhile the 3 Series GT’s somewhat unique packaging hasn’t changed with a coupe-inspired roofline enclosing a raised driving position. At the rear the hatchback tailgate lifts to reveal 520 litres of luggage space, expandable to 1600 with the rear seats folded.
The latest generation of BMW’s engine family appears under the bonnet, with the European market able to select from three petrol engines starting with the four-cylinder 135kW 320i and topping out at the 240kW six-cylinder 340i.
For Europe a range five diesel engines producing between 110kW and 230kW will be available, however for Australia expect that wealth of engine options to be pared back slightly, with the current 3 Series GT range featuring two petrol four-cylinder, and one diesel four-cylinder engines.
A choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission is available depending on the model, with BMW’s xDrive all wheel drive also optional in Europe on some variants.
BMW’s Sport Line, Luxury Line, or M Sport packages (as shown in these images) can also be applied to the 3 Series GT allowing owners to tailor the look and features of the GT to their individual taste.
BMW Australia’s Product Communications Manager, Adam Davis, confirmed with TMR that the updated 3 Series GT range to arrive here in the fourth quarter of 2016, with full details, specifications, and engine availability to be confirmed closer to launch.
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