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2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo [w/video]

2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will make its official worldwide debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show (media: Feb 7th – 8th; public: Feb 9th – 18th), making its European debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The niche model based on the new 3 Series will be available starting with June 2013.

2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

2014 BMW 3 Series GT

Until the grand European presentation at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the 2014 BMW 3 Series GT will debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show where it will be exposed in a world premiere. The Gran Turismo version of the new BMW 3 Series aims to combine dynamic genes of the Sedan with the versatility of the Touring. 2014 BMW 3 GT marks another first for BMW – is the first model with an active rear spoiler, which is automatically raised and lowered depending on the vehicle’s aerodynamic needs.

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2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo – Price & Engine & Design

BMW tried to introduce a new concept in the medium class with this model, which will play an important role in the 3 Series range. Besides the elegant silhouette of this model, the new 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also boasts with a spacious interior, without giving up any dynamic or practical skills. The three rear passengers will notice the available space, normally found in a luxury-car class. BMW says the new 3 Series GT offers a comparable legroom offered by the 5 Series, the actual amount being included among the current 5 Series and 7 Series.

2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo adds 7.9 inches (200 mm) to the length of the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon and has a 4.3 inch (110-mm) longer wheelbase, also it is 3.2 inch (81 mm) taller. All the passengers profit from a seating position raised by 2.3 inches (59 mm), which grants an impressive view out and makes entry and exit extremely easier. The rear seat can be folded 40:20:40 as standard, allowing the luggage compartment to expand in stages from 18.4 cu.ft. up to 56.5 cu.ft. (520–1,600 liters).

The tailgate has an opening of 44.0 x 24.3 inches (1,120 x 618 mm) and is operated electrically. This feature is provided as standard, but BMW offers optional equipment that includes opening without touching the boot if the driver holds the key in his pocket and moves its foot under the sensor mounted in the rear bumper. The driver area designed is heavily inspired from that of the the new 3 Series generation and the dashboard is facing the driver. 2014 BMW 3 GT also boasts with features such as full-color Head-Up display and the BMW ConnectedDrive technologies.

BMW ConnectedDrive offers access at BMW Online and BMW Live for the additional services for the driver, depending on which market the car will be sold. BMW ConnectedDrive applications include Internet support, web radio and social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Just like for the 3 Series F30 range, BMW offers three different lines of equipment for the new 2014 BMW 3 Series GT. These are called Sport Line, Luxury Line and Modern Line, completed by the M Sport package that is provided optionally. Each of the three equipment lines has its defining features, starting with the base color for the “nostril” grille, to interior color combinations, available rim models and goes up to the color of the ignition key. Regardless of the equipment line, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has a reconfigured suspension, electric steering system, a 50:50 mass distribution between the axles and a torsional reinforced bodywork.

2014 BMW 3 Series GT

2014 BMW 3 Series GT – the Engine range

2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo customers have a choice of five engines, three of which are petrol and two diesels. They offer between 143 and 306 hp and use the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Initially, all engine variants are offered as standard with rear-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. Optionally, BMW offers an eight-speed automatic transmission for all engine variants. Regardless of the chosen transmission or engine, the new 2014 BMW 3 GT is equipped with the auto Start-Stop system.

2014 BMW 3 Series GT boasts with better aerodynamics than the “normal” 3 Series, which helps to reduce fuel consumption using the Efficient Dynamics technologies: kinetic energy recovery system, the shift indicator and system control related devices. With ECO PRO Route, the driver can increase fuel economy by up to 20%.

The entry level 320i is represented by a twin-turbo 4-cylinder displacement of 1,997 cc developing 137 kW/ 184 hp at 5,000 rpm and delivers maximum torque of 200 pound-feet (270 Nm) at 1,250 rpm. Along with the 6-speed manual transmission, the model requires 7.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h), while the combined fuel economy is 6.6 liters/100 km (35.64 mpg US; 42.80 mpg imperial). Automatic transmission version of the 2014 BMW 3 Series GT 320i is more efficient, with an average of 6.2 liters/100 km (37.94 mpg US; 45.56 mpg imperial) and CO2 emissions of 145 g/km.

328i has a 2.0-litre twin-turbo 4-cylinder displacement of 1,997 cc, developing 180 kW/240 hp at 5,000 rpm, and the maximum torque of 255 pound-feet (345 Nm) at 1,250 rpm.

The top motoring is found on the BMW 335i Gran Turismo: a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine with a maximum power rating of 225 kW/ 300 hp at 5,800 rpm and a torque of 300 lb-ft (400 Nm) between 1,200 and 5,000 rpm. Thanks to these capabilities, the model can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.4 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph (250 km/h). Despite this performance, the model has a combined fuel economy of 7.7 liters/100km (30.55 mpg US; 36.69 mpg imperial) and emits 178 g/km CO2 thanks to the efficient power transmission and optimal ratios from the innovative 8-speed automatic transmission.

2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will arrive in the US, with only two engines: 328i and a 335i, in the summer of 2013. 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo price: 535i GT costs about $5,000 more than the sedan equivalent, 328i starts at $37,395 so don’t be too surprised if the starting price for the 328i GT is somewhere around $40,000 and after adding Premium, Sport, Technology, and metallic paint, it can easily get to $50,000 – realistically probably close to $55,000.

2014 BMW 3 Series GT Video

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