The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, which is more convenient than the sedan yet sportier-looking than the Touring wagon, has arrived in Australia. It follows in the footsteps of its existing bigger brother, the 5 Series Gran Turismo.
Available in three different trim levels in Australia, including the 320i, 320d, and 328i, all come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The 320i gets a 2.0-litre turbo producing 135kW and 270Nm, and is capable of covering 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds. It offers an average fuel economy rating of 6.2L/100km.
Moving up to the 320d, the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel produces 135kW as well, with 380Nm. It’s able to cover 0-100km/h in the same 7.9 seconds, however, it offers an economy rating of just 4.9L/100km.
Sitting at the top of the ranks is the 328i. It comes with a revised version of the 320i engine, producing 180kW and 350Nm, with 0-100km/h coming up in just 6.1 seconds. It also offers a respectable economy rating of 6.5L/100km.
Although the Touring wagon may seem like a larger vehicle, the Gran Turismo is 200mm longer overall and has a 110mm longer wheelbase. This provides increased cabin space and comfort. It also provides a huge boot capacity of 520 litres, or a whopping 1600 litres with the 40:20:40 rear seats folded down.
All variants come with a reverse-parking camera, auto headlights, and run-flat tyres. There’s also dual-zone climate control for added comfort, a Dakota leather upholstery, and electric front seats.
The 320i and 320d versions come with a 6.5-litre multimedia interface with Business satellite navigation and media support, while the 328i comes with a high resolution 8.8-inch screen with Professional navigation and a 20GB storage drive. The 328i also adds internet functionality and a high-end nine-speaker stereo system.
The 3 Series GT is available from BMW dealerships now, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):
2013 BMW 320i Gran Turismo – $69,500
2013 BMW 320d Gran Turismo – $71,800
2013 BMW 328i Gran Turismo – $76,500