The BMW 3 Series GT encompasses features halfway between a 'station wagon' and a 'crossover' and is mounted modified 3-Series platform making it 20 cms longer and 8 cms taller than a standard 3-Series sedan. The extra space benefits the four occupants aboard as the seats are 5.8 cms higher than in the 3-Series and rear legroom has been increased by 7.1 cms.
The added space enables the GT to offer .52 cubic meters of cargo space, making it slightly roomier than the 3-Series Sport Wagon. Up to 1.61 cubic meters of trunk space can be obtained by folding down the 40/20/40 split reach bench seat, and an electronic tailgate works with LED lighting that illuminates the cargo area and four tie-down hooks to make carrying bulky items with ease. When viewed from the front, the 3-Series GT wears a conservative design that borrows numerous styling cues from the 3-Series sedan but frameless windows and a more muscular overall look give the hatchback an identity of its own. Around back, the GT features a sloping roofline that gives it a noticeably sportier silhouette than the larger 5-Series GT. Insider, the driver-oriented dashboard is nearly identical to the one found in the 3-Series. It features a 16.5 cm colour display for the latest generation of BMW's 'ConnectedDrive' infotainment system, as well as Bluetooth and USB connectivity. 'ConnectedDrive' enables the passengers to get directions with real-time traffic information, surf the internet on the go, change the climate control settings or pick a different radio station by either using the touch screen, the iDrive knob mounted next to the gear selector or the voice control system. The dash-mounted screen also displays album covers and the images transmitted by the rear view camera. The entry-level 320d is offered with a 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine that uses a twin-scroll turbocharger to make 176 Kw power, while the more expensive 335i utilizes a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six that makes 221 Kw.An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels via BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system. The 3-Series GT comes standard with a start/stop system that cuts the engine at idle and a 'Brake Energy Regeneration' that stores kinetic energy generated when the car is braking and uses it to power the electrical system whenever possible. The 3-Series GT is available in the same trim levels as the 3-Series sedan: Standard, Sport Line, Luxury Line, Modern Line and M Sport. The Sport Line model is easily distinguishable from other trim levels because it adds high-gloss black exterior moulding, a nine-slat grille with a chrome surround and piece of black trim on the rear bumper. Inside, black seats with red accents create a sporty ambiance and shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel can be ordered at an extra cost. The Luxury Line · Gets chrome trim on both bumpers and around the windows, · An 11-slat grille and chrome exhaust tips, and · Available trim-specific 18- and 19-inch alloy wheels finish off the upmarket look. · The opulent treatment continues on the inside with chrome bezels for the air vents, seats with special stitching and real wood trim. The Modern Line · Chrome trim on the outside and special air intakes on the front bumper, · Can be fitted with specific turbine-style 18- and 19-inch wheels. · Light-coloured dashboard comes standard, · The steering wheel can be ordered in two colours and three different trim materials are available. The M Sport · A model-specific body kit that includes a front apron, side skirts and an air diffuser mounted in the rear bumper, giving the performance-focused hatchback a more aggressive look than the other trim levels. · A lowered and stiffened suspension provides a more responsive handling that is complemented by a track-inspired steering wheel and M trim pieces inside and out. · M Sport buyers can order the GT in an eye-catching trim-specific colour called Estoril Blue, and the Sport Line's shift paddles are available as an option. All models come with an active rear spoiler, a first on a BMW that extends at 110 kmh to reduce drag. Safety features include: · Dual front, front-side and full-length side curtain airbags · Traction and stability control systems and a tire pressure monitoring system. · Optional safety features include a Lane Departure Warning system, BMW's Active Blind Spot Detection and a Forward Collision Warning system. The one-of-a-kind BMW 3-Series GT doesn't have any direct competition but customers can compare it to the 3-Series Sport Wagon. It is slightly smaller than the GT inside but it can be ordered with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel, a mill that will not be offered on the five-door hatchback.