2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Preview

Jeff Youngs | Feb 12, 2013
FAST FACTS
  • Longer, taller and roomier than a 3 Series Wagon
  • 4-passenger seating with 5-door body style
  • 328i and 335i models offered
  • Active rear spoiler is a BMW first
  • On sale in late summer of 2013

Introduction

The 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is a 5-door hatchback model with seating for four people. It is offered as a 328i Gran Turismo and a 335i Gran Turismo, each with standard specification or one of four trim lines: Sport, M Sport, Luxury, and Modern. The new 2014 3 Series Gran Turismo goes on sale at the end of the summer of 2013.

Exterior Features

BMW characterizes the new 2014 3 Series GT as a premium midsize vehicle with a "coupe-like" profile. To get a sense of the 3 Series Gran Turismo's size, it is 7.9 inches longer and 3.2 inches taller than a 3 Series Wagon, and rides on a 4.3-inch longer wheelbase than the 3 Series Wagon.

Frameless side glass and LED running lights and taillights are standard for the 3 Series Gran Turismo, and BMW says the car has a 0.29 coefficient of drag. An active rear spoiler, a first for a BMW, automatically extends at 68 mph, and the automaker claims that it reduces rear axle lift by 35%. The spoiler automatically retracts when the 3 Series Gran Turismo's speed drops below 43 mph. Signature xenon headlights with corona-ring running lights are optional for this model.

Interior Features

Compared with a 3 Series Sedan, the new 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo features seating positions that are 2.3 inches higher, easing passenger entry and exit. Additionally, the 3 Series GT offers greater head room and rear leg room that measures 2.8 inches more than the 3 Series Sedan. In fact, BMW says the new 3 Series Gran Turismo offers greater rear leg room than a 5 Series Sedan.

A power tailgate is standard for all 3 Series Gran Turismo models, providing access to an 18.3-cubic foot trunk that is larger than the cargo area in the 3 Series Wagon. Tie-down hooks, concealed underfloor storage, and a 12-volt power point are included. Fold the 40/20/40-split rear seat down, and maximum cargo capacity measures 56.5 cubic feet. An optional Smart Opener system is included with Comfort Access, and opens the tailgate when a person's foot is waved under the bumper and the Comfort Access key is present.

Optional Features

In addition to the standard level of specification, the 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is offered in Sport, M Sport, Luxury, and Modern trim lines.

The 3 Series Gran Turismo Sport Line model offers gloss black and body-color exterior trim, optional 18-inch or 19-inch double-spoke aluminum wheel designs, black and red interior accents, front sport seats, and an M Sport suspension. This vehicle is also equipped with a sport-tuned version of the standard automatic transmission that includes paddle shifters and Normal/Sport shift modes.

The 3 Series Gran Turismo M Sport Line model includes the front sport seats, M Sport suspension and sport-tuned automatic transmission from the Sport Line model, and adds an exterior Aerodynamic package, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadowline trim, 18-inch or 19-inch M-Design aluminum wheels, M steering wheel, M doorsill finishers, and an M driver's footrest. The M Sport Line is also the only 3 Series GT variant offered in Estoril Blue paint.

The 3 Series Gran Turismo Luxury Line model features high-gloss chrome exterior and interior trim, high-gloss wood trim for the cabin, seats with distinctive stitching, and 18-inch or 19-inch multi-spoke wheel designs.

The 3 Series Gran Turismo Modern Line model is distinguished by pearl-effect chrome exterior and interior trim, light-color dashboard, special steering wheel color, oyster or black leather, three different interior trim panel selections, and 18-inch or 19-inch turbine-style aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood

The 2014 BMW 328i Gran Turismo is equipped with a direct-injection, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine delivering 240 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 255 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,250 rpm and 4,800 rpm. The 2014 BMW 335i Gran Turismo gets a direct-injection, turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine rated to deliver 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 300 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,200 rpm and 5,000 rpm.

An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines, delivering power to the rear wheels. BMW has not yet announced whether its xDrive all-wheel-drive system will be offered for the new 3 Series Gran Turismo. Both powertrains also include fuel-saving automatic start/stop technology, and a Driving Experience Control switch offers Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ driving modes.

BMW says the 3 Series GT is equipped with a 50:50 front-to-rear weight distribution. A limited-slip rear differential and electric steering are standard, and buyers can opt for a Variable Sports Steering system and an adaptive suspension.

Safety

The 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is equipped with a start-off assistant, traction control, stability control, and a 4-wheel-disc anti-lock braking system equipped with Dynamic Brake Control, Cornering Brake Control, and brake drying. The new 3 Series GT is also offered with a reversing camera, rear park-assist sensors, and BMW Assist telematics with eCall and an Automatic Collision Notification system.

Safety-related options for this model include blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, Collision Warning with braking function, High Beam Assistant, adaptive headlights, Surround View with Side View and Top View camera system, and active cruise control with Stop & Go functionality.

Technology

With the optional navigation system, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo offers Eco Pro Route technology that helps the driver to take the most fuel-efficient route to a destination given his or her driving style, existing traffic conditions, and terrain. Additionally, the new 3 Series GT is available with a high-resolution head-up display, Speed Limit Info Display and No Passing Info Display, and a BMW Parking Assistant that steers the car into a parallel space while the driver operates the pedals and gear selector.
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