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BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo now on sale in Australia

June 12, 2013

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.

BMW 3 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.

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo rear

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.

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo boot space

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

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.