After BMW updated the 3 Series sedan and wagon, it was just a matter of time before the same upgrades were features on the Gran Turismo version of the series. The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo was only introduced recently in 2013 as a smaller version of the 5 Series Gran Turismo.
The new facelift is actually the first upgrade the model has received. Since its debut, the model has managed to create a niche albeit at a slow pace across the world. Many of its enthusiasts love its excellent sporting character that blends in the functionality of the 3-Series Touring, Sporting character of the 3 series sedan and the elegant character of the 3 Series coupe. The Bavarian manufacturer has tweaked its sporting character for 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in a bid to attract even more customers. Read along to find out more:
2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Exterior
On the exterior, the 3 Series Gran Turismo adopts many styling cues from the 3-Series sedan and wagon. However, unlike the sedan and wagon, the GT rides on the extended wheelbase adopted from the China-exclusive sedan. The exterior of the new model has been refined for 2017. It now features a matte-chrome exterior trim.
At the front, the biggest change is the new LED headlights which are hosted in new clusters. The automaker has also added LED fog lights and modified the bumper. At the rear, there are new LED taillights with new graphics which make the rear look more aggressive.
Just like the outgoing model, customers will have an array of exterior colors to choose from. There are two new metallic finishes while the M Sport trim will be offered with an exclusive Estoril Blue. For a more personalized appeal, buyers will chose various options offered in the “Individual Program”. The model rides on 19-inch wheels.
2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Interior
The cabin has also been greatly redesigned for more premium comfort and convenience. The rear passengers get to experience plenty of legroom compared to the standard 3 Series sedan due to the GT’s 4.33 inches longer wheelbase. Passengers also get to sit around two inches higher compared to the wagon and sedan.
The center stack features a chrome surround. There is also a chrome trim on the console controls, wood inserts and an option for different color themes for the cabin. Leather is the standard upholstery material.
Tech-wise, the model comes with the new version of the automaker’s navigation system which features clear menu items displayed in a tile-based layout. Connectivity for Smartphones has been enhanced by the introduction of inductive charging.
The GT offers a very large cargo space of 18.36 cubic feet. This space expands to 56.5 cubic feet upon folding flat the rear seats. Other features are similar to those of the 3-Series sedan which as you would expect make the cabin look and feel very luxurious.
Engine Specs and performance
The Gran Turismo features the same lineup of engines like the standard 3 Series models. The model comes with a number of both petrol and diesel engines. In the U.S.A., only two drive-trains will be offered. They include the 330i which replaces the 328i and 340i which replaces the 335i. The 330i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine which is capable of 252 hp while the 340i is equipped with a 3.0 L turbo 6-cylinder mill which pumps out 326 hp.
Other markets will have a turbocharged 2.0 L, engine capable of producing 184 horses.
Diesel engines will also be offered in other markets. Five diesel drive-trains will be on offer. All the diesel mills have a displacement of 2.0 liters: however, they are differently tuned to produce different levels of power.
The engine on the base 318d produces 150 hp and 190 horses on the 320d trim. Moving up, the same engine is tweaked to produce 224 horses on the 325d. On the 330d, the engine produces 258 hp while on the top-of the range 335d, the engine produces 313 horses.
The engines will be offered either with a 6-speed manual transmission or with an 8-speed automatic transmission system. xDrive AWD will also be offered in some trims. Some models will also feature the Septronic automatic transmission system.
Price and release date
Sales of the 2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo commence this summer in Europe. The model will arrive in North America in the last quarter of 2016.
The price will not vary significantly from the current models. The current model starts at $ 43,995 and can rise to over $ 50,000 in higher trims.
As at now, the model does not have a competitor. However, that is set to change soon when Audi brings back the Audi A5 Sportback. To beat Audi in this front, BMW will have to work extra hard. In fact, BMW launched the 3 Series Gran Turismo to rival the A5 Sportback.