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Call it whatever you like--the apple-bottomed sedan, the Quasimodo, the "Gran Turismo," the not-quite-a-hatchback four-door coupe-ish thing appears to be here to stay. In BMW's case, it may even spawn a whole new model line, if the latest rumors out of Germany prove correct. The car known so far as the 3-Series GT may bear a new badge: the 4-Series.
Rumors of a 4-Series coupe-like vehicle are not new--AutoBild produced some renderings of a two-door intended to look and behave like a smaller 6-Series way back in 2004. The evolution from 3-Series GT to 4-Series, however, is new, and as yet, completely unsubstantiated.
The car itself, however, is coming. CEO Norbert Reithofer revealed as much back in 2009, not long after the debut of the 5-Series GT. The release date then was planned for late 2011, though a 2013 launch now looks more likely.
Those of us in America can at least look forward to the GT version of BMW's mid-sized sedan--whatever it's eventually called--as an alternative to the 3-Series wagon, though if you ask us why anyone would choose the GT over the wagon, given the option, you're likely to be met with shrugged shoulders and a confused look. The questions as to whether the 3-Series GT/4-Series will replace the 3-Series wagon here, however, as the 5-Series GT has done, remains open.
[Auto Motor und Sport via BMW Blog]