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BMW 3-Series GT: Ready to revive 5-door sedans?

A taller sedan -- or, depending on how you look at it, a tall wagon -- could arrive in the U.S. next year.

By Exhaust Notes Nov 13, 2012 2:15PM
You didn't ask for it, but BMW is getting ready to unveil the 3-Series GT during next year's Geneva Auto Show, according to a report from BMW Blog.

This is a taller 3-Series sedan with a raised roof and a large, sloping hatchback. Like the Toyota Prius V -- a taller, heavier version of another top-selling car -- the 3-Series GT will likely deliver worse fuel economy with no noticeable difference in interior volume.

The trend of 5-door sedans with small lips on the hatch, which had been forgotten since the Saab 900 and previous-generation Mazda 6, seems to be staging a comeback. Currently, we have the sexy Audi A7, the mildly sexy Porsche Panamera and the not-so-sexy Prius. A BMW 3-Series GT, if low enough, would qualify in this segment.

Exactly how the GT fits into BMW's expanding lineup is unclear. It's not a miniature X6 -- that's the job of another upcoming BMW, the X4. It could be a smaller version of the incredibly unpopular 5-Series GT, or perhaps it's simply a 3-Series wagon that's been inflated in the middle. Of course, there's also the X3 and new X1 crossovers.

In any case, BMW isn't dishing any details until the GT's launch gets closer, which if reports are correct should be in March.

Check out more photos here.

[Source: BMW Blog]

Nov 13, 2012 3:37PM

Isn't the BMW 5 series GT a total sales flop here in the US?  Why exactly are they building this?

Nov 15, 2012 7:49AM

Troy - Honda has already axed the Acura version of that hideous vehicle, so I'm sure the Crosstour's days are numbered. I think Honda tried to throw it's own party and no one showed up.

Nov 15, 2012 8:36AM
Rather the Crosstour is late to the X6 party.

I really find the Crosstour thing funny.  Honda sells the Crosstour for about $30k to $40k or so, and crickets chirp.  BMW sells the equally ugly X6 for $60k+ and they can't keep the things in stock.
Nov 14, 2012 8:19PM
BMW is late to the Honda Crosstour party.
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