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2016 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo revealed

June 1, 2016

BMW has revealed the updated 2016 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) – perhaps one of the most pointless model lines the company offers.

2016 BMW 340i GT M Sport Estorilblau

The BMW 3 Series GT is not to be confused with the 3 Series sedan, or the 4 Series Gran Coupe four-door coupe, or the 3 Series wagon. Instead, this is a slightly raised version of the sedan only with a hatch tailgate at the back similar to the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Essentially, it becomes a lower-to-the-ground version of the X4 coupe SUV. Confused, much?

Following the announcement of updates for other BMW models recently, the new GT comes with a facelifted design with a freshened up front end, standard LED headlights, and a revised lower apron and rear fascia.

BMW will be offering the new version in three main trim levels, spanning from the Sport Line, Luxury Line, to the M Sport. These will then be available in 320i grade, with a 135kW 2.0-litre turbo, as well as 330i grade with a 185kW version of the same engine. At the top of the range is the new 340i, equipped with a 3.0-litre turbo six generating 240kW.

For the eco-conscious there’s a new 325d featuring a 165kW 2.0-litre turbo-diesel. If offers an average fuel consumption as low as 4.7L/100km. Five diesel options will be available in total, with outputs ranging from 110kW and up to 230kW for a 3.0-litre inline six.

2016 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo-rear

Punters going for any of the petrol units and the 320d or 330d will be offered BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system, with the top 230kW 335d coming with the technology as standard. BMW says that all engines have been revised to burn up to 14 per cent less fuel compared with the outgoing versions.

So, what’s the purpose of the model? Well, that’s difficult to say but it does off a large cargo capacity of 520 litres, or up to 1600 litres with the seats folded. As a comparison, the 3 Series wagon offers 495L/1500L, while the X4 SUV offers 500L/1400L.

BMW will be introducing the new model to international markets in July this year. BMW Australia is yet to finalise local pricing and specifications.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.