Official photos: BMW adds 3-series GT to 2014 lineup
New model goes on sale in summer.
The 3-series GT is 7.9 inches longer, has a 4.3-inch longer wheelbase and is 3.2 inches taller than the existing 3-series wagon. It also offers an elevated ride height, as the seats are 2.3 inches taller than the 3-series sedan.
In back, BMW says the GT variant offers 1 cubic foot more of space than does the wagon.
BMW already sells a 5-series GT.
Design-wise, the GT carries most of the demeanor of its 3-series siblings, though the headlights get a slight silhouette around them and the hood is a bit more contoured.
The rear seats can be folded down in pieces, spaced out at intervals 40 percent, 20 percent and 40 percent.
The GT will be sold in several lines, including sport, modern and luxury, which vary the chrome and wheel packages. An M sport package offers a lowered suspension and aero treatments.
The machine will offer two engines: the 328i gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, and the 335i is powered by a 300-hp, 300-lb-ft inline six. Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Auto stop/start and a regenerative braking system are also offered.
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That's one of the things that drew me to my RSX. It is a hatchback, but since it is a lift-back style it doesn't look like a hatchback, it looks like a coupe.
"In back, says the GT variant offers 1 cubic foot more of space than does the wagon." This however, raises my eyebrows. As much as I love lift-backs I know that they do surrender some of the space provided by a more squared off roof line. I suspect that they are comparing the longer wheel base lift-back's space to the space of the previous shorter wheelbase station wagon, which is hardly a fair comparison.
Now if we can only convince BMW to offer a 2 door lift-back, and a manual transmission.
Uggg... It is better looking than a station wagon at least. Though that isn't saying much.
This actually does look like a decent car. I like the utility aspect of it. If I could nit-pick something though, it would be the folding rear seats. They don't seem to fold flat. That will compromise some utility for the price of comfort of a rear seat passenger.
Most of the contemporary designs are like that nowadays, even in station wagons. I do not know why that is, just that it is that way. Like you, I would prefer they laid down flat.
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