Published on February 7th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo_Testing A Tough Segment
The new BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo represents a high-calibre addition to the premium reaches of the mid-size segment. This new concept performs a genuinely unique role within the successful BMW 3-Series range and provides a fresh and distinctive take on aesthetic appeal, space and functionality. The BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo fuses the dynamic sporting attributes of the 3-Series Sedan with the practicality and versatility of the 3-Series Touring, and backs these qualities up with a palpable increase in space and long-distance comfort. The new addition to the range exudes aesthetic and emotional appeal, boasts a distinctive presence on the road and offers similarly pronounced driving pleasure.
Among the eye-catching features of the new BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo are a powerfully formed front end, an elegantly stretched silhouette with coupe-style roofline, frameless side windows and a flowing rear end with large load aperture. Here, an extended rear spoiler – the first of its type on a BMW – provides visual lightness as well as reducing lift at touring speeds. The clear increase in length over the Sedan and Touring benefits not only the car’s elegant silhouette, but also the amount of space available on board.
Ease of access, a raised seating position offering an outstanding view out to all sides and luxurious expanses of space around every passenger provide an instant feel-good factor. The Gran Turismo offers more room in the rear compartment in particular. Indeed, passengers in the three full-size rear seats will encounter legroom normally only found in luxury-class cars. This broad range of qualities, both functional and aesthetic which allows the new BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo to tick all the right boxes for active and demanding drivers who use their car in a variety of ways but would also value the aesthetic appeal of a coupe. All of which allows the new Gran Turismo to make a compelling case for itself as both an elegant business carriage and a dynamic, comfortable tourer for family trips away and leisure activities.