The 3-series GT will be based on the next-generation 3-series sedan, which is also due in 2011Enlarge Photo
BMW has just taken the wraps off its new 5-series GT
, which goes on sale early next year and shares its design with the next-generation 5-series sedan
also due next year. If the vehicle proves popular, a smaller version based on the next-generation 3-series sedan
is expected to be launched in 2011.
Picking up the 3-series GT moniker, the car will feature the same raised seating position and ride height as the bigger 5-series GT and will also likely adopt a two-tier rear hatch design. It will come with both RWD and xDrive AWD configurations, with power coming from a range of four and six cylinder engines. The computer generated rendering above gives us a preview of what the new car may look like, revealing that it will share the aggressive new look that’s being implemented across BMW’s lineup.
Speaking with AutoExpress
, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer stated that his company has not cancelled plans for a 3-series crossover as it’s “considered a volume builder with which we [BMW] can earn good money.”
Designers will be stressing the car’s coupe characteristics just as they did with the X6 and new 5-series GT. Expect to see extremely short overhangs, pumped fenders and sporty alloy wheels. Pricing will also reflect the car’s positioning above the standard 3-series on which it will be based. Along with an upcoming replacement for the X3, it will give BMW a vital rival to Audi’s A4 Avant
as well as the upcoming Q3 SUV
2012 BMW 3-series GT preview
2010 BMW 5-series GT official images