BMW's new 3 Series Gran Turismo four-door coupe will hit Australia in September with a starting price of $69,500, the carmaker has confirmed today.
Essentially a rival to Audi's A5 Sportback range, the 3 GT will be offered here in three trim grades: the 320i and 320d petrol and diesel twins, and the more powerful 328i.
The new model will join the existing 5 Series GT, exemplifying the same styling formula of combining a coupe-like profile and high belt-line.
Styling for the new model is of course borrowed from the regular 3 Series range, while adding unique bumpers, a wider grille design and a new hook-shaped vent behind the front wheels.
BMW says the 3 Series Gran Turismo is more spacious than other 3 Series models however. It's 80mm taller and 20mm wider than both the sedan and Touring wagon models.
The 3 GT also rides on a 110mm longer wheelbase than the wagon, offering 70mm more legroom in the rear and an extra 20 litres of space in the cargo area.
Power in the 320i will be provided by BMW's TwinPower four-cylinder turbo petrol engine, producing 135kW and 270Nm.
Fuel consumption with this model is listed at 6.2 l/100km, and BMW promises a 0-100km/h time of 7.9 seconds.
The sole diesel option, the 320d, will also get a turbo four-cylinder engine, this one offering 135kW and a much heftier 380Nm of torque.
BMW lists fuel use in the diesel at just 4.9 l/100km, with a 0-100km/h time of 7.9 seconds - equal to the 320i petrol.
Topping the range (at least until a 335i model arrives) is the 328i, producing 180kW and 350Nm.
The flagship's 0-100km/h time is listed at a much sharper 6.1 seconds, with fuel use still at a low 6.5 l/100km.
All three models are mated exclusively to an eight-speed sports automatic transmission, with no manual option available.
Standard features with the 320i and 320d models includ BMW's 'business navigation system', including a 6.5 inch display with iDrive controller and six programmable memory buttons as well as a USB audio interface.
The 328i upgrades to the 'professional navigation system', adding an 8.8 inch high resolution display, a DVD drive, 3D maps, bird’s eye view and a 20Gb hard drive for storage and playback of audio files.
There's also internet functionality, extended Bluetooth function including audio streaming and a nine-speaker HiFi loudspeaker system.
BMW's 'Lines' packages will also be offered, in the familiar Modern, Luxury and Sports options, each offering distinct styling and comfort features.
Other optional extras will include M adaptive suspension, variable sports steering and sport seats.
Advanced safety features include a head-up display, surround view, lane change and lane departure warning and adaptive bi-Xenon headlights with high-beam assist.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- 320i Gran Turismo - $69,500
- 320d Gran Turismo - $71,800
- 328i Gran Turismo - $76,500