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2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

The new concept for the 3 Series Line-up

Alex Bernstein
Feb 6, 2013

Hitting BMW show rooms this summer as a 2014 model, the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo adds an innovative new concept to the 3 Series line-up. Using typical BMW proportions, four doors with frameless windows, coupe-like profile and a sloping roofline add the character of this car, and of course, the large tailgate gives it some real distinction.

2014 bmw 3 series gran turismo driver side rear view Photo 2/5   |   2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

The new Gran Turismo is 7.9 inches longer than the 3 Series Sports wagon and has a 4.3 inch longer wheelbase, standing 3.2 inches taller. So yes, it's bigger all around, but with BMWs clever design the Gran Turismo doesn't seem overbearing while still being immediately recognizable.

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Your rear passengers will also like this new model because of an added 2.8 inches of rear legroom; something the standard 3 Series could always use more of.

Now with more luggage space, an entire cubic foot over the Sports Wagon, the Gran Turismo uses it large aperture and high-opening tailgate to make loading and unloading easier. The rear seats feature a 40:20:40 split/folding action too. The Gran Turismo can't be outfitted in three different equipment lines, each with their own individual character and M Sport. The Sport Line adds eye-catching exterior features in high-gloss black, like the front kidney grilles and air intakes. Optional 18-inch or 19-inch light-alloy wheels add some sporting factor as well.

The Modern Line adds high-quality chrome exterior trim elements along with 18 or 19-inch turbine style wheels while inside the steering wheel in dark oyster compliments a light-colored dashboard.

M Sport, which is obviously the one we'd go for, gives the new 3 Series Gran Turismo a boost of speed beyond just exterior and interior changes. The all new aero package includes a front apron, rear bumper with diffuser and side skirts, along with BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim. Our favorite part, though, is the optional exterior color in Estoril Blue metallic, which means you simply can't miss this car. Again, 18 or 19-inch wheels are offered in hallmark M design. Inside there are M doorsills, M leather steering wheel and M driver's footrest. Keeping the driver and passenger snug are the M sports seats, and best of all, this package included lower M Sport suspension.

2014 bmw 3 series gran turismo driver side front view Photo 5/5   |   2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

Offered as a 328i and 335i, this new 3 Series will pack two different punches while still keeping efficiency and athleticism in tact. The 328i uses the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, generating 240hp and 255 lb-ft (at just 1,250 rpm!). The 335i utilizes the N55 6-cylinder TwinPower Turbo to boost it to a healthy 300hp and 300 lb-ft. Both models are equipped with BMWs innovative 8-speed automatic transmission.

By Alex Bernstein
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