BMW seems hell bent to offer a 3-Series (or 3-Series-based) model for almost every need; from four door sedans in regular and long wheelbase body styles and station wagons, to coupes, convertibles, high performance variants, and even a so-called four-door coupe and a taller liftback model named the 3-Series Gran Turismo (GT).
So what exactly is the 3 GT? Well, basically, it's a more compact-sized and, from what we can tell, a better looking follow up to the 5-Series Gran Turismo, which will slot between the sedan and Touring models in the ever-expanding 3-Series lineup.
It justifies its existence by combining a longer wheelbase than the F30 saloon with a taller cabin area and an angled tailgate, which promise to offer more room for the rear passengers and luggage along with added versatility.
The new model, which carries the internal codename F34, borrows its engine lineup of four- and six-cylinder turbocharged petrols and a selection of diesel units from the rest of the 3-Series range and will also offer the option of all-wheel drive.
Rumors of BMW showing a thinly disguised concept of the GT in Paris last month turned out to be wrong, but it is still believed that the car will make its market debut in final form sometime next year.
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