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Old 12-03-2012, 09:48 AM
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Spied: 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Trismo - Without Camo

'BMW F30 3 series Gran Turismo exposed

The spy photographers at MotorAuthority have caught the model year 2014 BMW 3 series Gran Trismo fully exposed. The hatch back F34 3 series variant retains the sedan headlight shape and front end, adds in the the F32 coupe side vents (see the F32 4 series coupe exposed) and grafts on the hatch back and rear end of a 5 series GT. The initial reaction to the design is not entirely positive.

The newest feature, the side vent, hasn't been well received and seeing it on the F34 3 series GT implies that it is here to stay. In fact having it on the 3 series GT might indicate that the 3 series sedan could see the side vent either as a part of a model year 2014 refresh or as part of the LCI due for model year 2015.

Sharp eyes will note the vent on the 3 series GT is matte silver colored above but on the 3 series GT M Sport and on the 4 series coupe sport line the vent is high gloss black. The vent finish will be depend on the trim level i.e the "line" on the car.

With the F3x chassis BMW is not only splitting the naming up in the 3 series and 4 series but they're also dramatically expanding the models. The F3x lineup in total will include -
  • F30 3 Series Sedan
  • F31 3 Series Touring
  • F32 4 Series Coupe
  • F33 4 Series Convertible
  • F34 3 Series (GT) Gran Touring
  • F35 3 Series Long Wheelbase - built in China for the Chinese market
  • F36 4 Series Gran Coupe

The F34 3 series Gran Turismo will come with the same engine and transmission options in the F30 sedan. The big question is will it come to the US? BMW brought the 5 series GT state side as a replacement for the 5 series wagon. With the 3 series wagon confirmed for US soil in spring of 2013 does it make sense to have both in the market?

Flip over to Motor Authority to see the entire gallery and then let us know what you think of the F34 3 series GT.

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Old 12-03-2012, 10:09 AM
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To my eye looks pretty much like the 5GT. So if you hate the way that looks you'll hate this one too. I think the 5GT has place in the lineup in the US because we no longer get the 5 Touring. But we do get the 3 Touring which leaves me scratching my head at the point of a 3GT. But perhaps there are enough people who need that form factor and hate wagons?
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:19 AM
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Hmm only thing I like about this are the headlights
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Based on the picture in Tim's post I do not like the looks. However, I will reserve final judgement till I see one in person.
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What is the purpose of this vs. the 3-series wagon, which by all pictures I've seen is an absolutely gorgeously executed wagon.

We already have a butt ugly x1
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Looks like that hideous Honda crossover thing smashed into a Cadillac coupe

And yeah... WHY? Is there no wagon in the works?
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Looks like that hideous Honda crossover thing smashed into a Cadillac coupe

And yeah... WHY? Is there no wagon in the works?
F31 Touring (wagon) has already been released. I'm hoping the F36 is the 4 door to get, this F34 isn't it.
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I guess the question is....why?
+1. Aside from not liking the looks of GT's generally, I've never quite understood the "why" of the design.
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And yeah... WHY? Is there no wagon in the works?
The F31 3 series touring will be hitting US dealerships in spring of 2013. Details here -

https://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=620528

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That's my point - the wagon is so much better executed AND more functional than this (I'm guessing here due to that roof slope).

Why would this ever go beyond a concept? And wasn't the 5-series GT a complete bomb?
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I don't know why BMW keep wanting to reinvent the wheel (I guess pun intended...). The "GT" series idea sounds good in theory: hatchback version of 3 and 5 series... what can go wrong? But plenty can and does go wrong when BMW thinks "outside the box". If you want to see what 3GT does right looks like, just take a look at Audi A5 Sportback. That's the proportion and overall teardrop shape I was hoping the F34 will take, instead of following 5GT's ugly footstep.

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What is the purpose of this vs. the 3-series wagon, which by all pictures I've seen is an absolutely gorgeously executed wagon.

We already have a butt ugly x1
The idea that BMW NA would bring this rather than a manual-transmission X1 is crazy. They keep limiting the drive train choices and then bringing out ugly (and frivolous) model variations that depress the units sold per model further hurting the business case for manual transmissions. Oh well...

Saw many X1 in Sydney last week, and they look surprisingly good on the road. Just enough ground clearance to be useful and yet small enough to park in an urban environment. My kind of SUV!

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I don't know why BMW keep wanting to reinvent the wheel (I guess pun intended...). The "GT" series idea sounds good in theory: hatchback version of 3 and 5 series... what can go wrong? But plenty can and does go wrong when BMW thinks "outside the box". If you want to see what 3GT does right looks like, just take a look at Audi A5 Sportback. That's the proportion and overall teardrop shape I was hoping the F34 will take, instead of following 5GT's ugly footstep.

I saw *tons* of A5 four-doors in Sydney, and they're really stunning. Gorgeous car with the looks of an A5 coupe and the practicality of the A4. It's like an A7 for people who actually have to parallel park in a city sometimes rather than valeting it 100% of the time.
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I don't know why BMW keep wanting to reinvent the wheel (I guess pun intended...). The "GT" series idea sounds good in theory: hatchback version of 3 and 5 series... what can go wrong? But plenty can and does go wrong when BMW thinks "outside the box". If you want to see what 3GT does right looks like, just take a look at Audi A5 Sportback. That's the proportion and overall teardrop shape I was hoping the F34 will take, instead of following 5GT's ugly footstep.

http://www.fourtitude.com/gallery/ge...scaled_600.jpg
The 4er Gran Coupe is supposed to compete with the A5 Sportback, not the 3er GT. Just like the 6er Gran Coupe competes with the A7, not the 5er GT. The GT is about function over form, the Gran Coupe give up some of the function for the form, all depends on what you're looking for.
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