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      08-28-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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BMW 3-Series GT (F34) sheds camo armour and dresses in red for its latest outing

BMW 3-Series GT (F34) sheds camo armour and dresses in flashy red for its latest outings
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BMW maintains that the sometimes maligned 5-Series GT is a good seller despite the public perception, so much so that a scaled down 3-Series iteration has been under development for some time. Now it seems the development of this car is nearing the point of public release and so BMW has dropped the typical body cladding and now only covers the car up in a minimal amount of camouflage tape.

While the general shape of this car has been known to follow the 5-Series GT lines, what has not been known until now are the details. First and foremost, this car should not be confused with the upcoming 4-Series Gran Coupe [recent spy photos]. The 4-Series GC will be a 'four door coupe' in a similar fashion to the 6-Series Gran Coupe, while this car takes a decidedly more utilitarian take on the concept of a cross-over vehicle with a taller roof and larger trunk. It is as the marketing folks remind us, a car designed for the person who wants a 3-series sized vehicle, needs the utility of wagon but doesn't actually want to own a wagon.

Whats clear from these spyphotos is the amazing resemblance to the F30 3-Series but with some changes to give a more bulbous front visage. Changes at the front include a wider and sleeker kidney grill design with an increase in the height of the headlamp units which trade angles for curves. The headlamps still connect to the kidney grills via the characteristic 'whiskers' debuted on the F30. The overall effect is to give a more rounded appearance to the front which will surely be less polarizing. Whats really interesting is the hoffmeister kink. It seems to now be curved in a move sure to ruffle some feathers.

The 3-Series GT is expected to arrive with the same engine offerings as the F30 3-Series sedan, including four and six cylinder petrol and diesel variants.

What is not clear is if this car will be offered in the US. If it does come to the US, expect the official reveal of the car around the time of the 2013 NAIAS in January, otherwise the 2013 Geneva show in March

With the 4 Series Gran Coupe as an addition, here is a summary of the upcoming 3 Series / 4 Series lineup:
  • F30 3 Series Sedan
  • F31 3 Series Touring
  • F32 4 Series Coupe
  • F33 4 Series Convertible
  • F34 3 Series (GT) Gran Touring
  • F35 3 Series Long Wheelbase (China only)
  • F36 4 Series Gran Coupe

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      08-28-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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Don't like that at all. I'll stay with my good ol' fashoined 4-door sedan.
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hmm looks like a smaller 5GT...who would have guessed it
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I don't get it. The F31 is more practical, the E84 is probably too, and the rear doors and headspace look extremely limited. But whatever, 713 models must be what we really needed.
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The rear end shape looks similar to the 5GT. Why a GT version when the touring is pretty much the same thing.
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Not liking it either. Am I the only one who doesn't get these GT cars at all? They are like an estate that's less attractive and has less cargo room. I think somehow insecure people think that BMW's GT cars are cooler than having an estate.

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I don't know why they are bothering with this thing. If you want a 3 (or 4 series) gran-coupe, just make it already and forget this GT idea.
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I see 5GT a lot. I'm sure BMW would only build if there was demand
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5 door variants of popular saloons have been commonplace in Europe for decades, albeit in a price band a few thousand euros cheaper, but what BMW appears to be doing slightly differently is to offer not only a lift back for better access to the boot (trunk), but also increased passenger space too. Do Americans get the A5 sportback?

American's will not understand this, and they will complain. Europeans will probably understand it, but will have a raft of similar cars to choose from - and so if 3GT is 'challenging' to look at, they might not buy it either.... and so it will fall to the Chinese and the rest of Asia to buy it.... and since that's were the money is... ...
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Scott26 said this would be a sportier and sleeker vehicle than the 5GT.....

No sir it is not.

In fact it is nothing but a scaled down 5GT.......

Bring on the 4 Gran Coupe.

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I'm sure it will look quite nice.
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Cool Sorry to be mean but...

peppered hair behind the wheel of the 3GT ?!

Yup, that's exactly the intended demographic BMW intended to market this car for ...

for those GrandPa and GranMa having to carry out the duties of Grand Child babysitting job....

Nothing wrong with experience in life, and nothing wrong with this car...

just not the car i would be interested yet at this point in my life...

Now can we see the 4GC ?!
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Maybe if it was a two door and like the old Ti...
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I think this car is aimed at the young executive women market - they seem to love their hatch backs
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It's hideous....
Then again, so is the 5GT...

What are these guys thinking. Whoever designed the GT's should get fired, seriously.
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I don't really mind it. In fact, I'll even say it looks better than the 5GT. Due to the size, the hatch part of the car isn't as emphasized as it is on the 5GT. I wouldn't buy one but I'm interested to see what it looks like without all the camo.
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I think it's ugly... Kinda looks like a small X6 for some weird reason...
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