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2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is a Second Attempt at GT Recipe

2/14/2013
In BMW parlance, a Gran Turismo is a 4-passenger, 5-door hatchback that the company prefers to refer to as a coupe. The first BMW Gran Turismo model arrived in 2010 as a member of the 5 Series model lineup and a replacement for the 5 Series station wagon, finding few buyers in the process. Now, the automaker makes a second attempt at perfecting its GT recipe with the new 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, which debuts at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Offered as a 328i Gran Turismo and a 335i Gran Turismo, this new model is longer, taller and roomier inside than the current 3 Series Sedan and upcoming 3 Series Wagon. In fact, BMW says that the 3 Series Gran Turismo offers more rear-seat leg room than a 5 Series Sedan, and has a bigger trunk than a 7 Series Sedan. Fold the 3 Series GT's rear seat down and this new model provides nearly as much cargo room as a small crossover SUV.

The 2014 BMW 328i Gran Turismo is equipped with a 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. For extra power and performance, the 2014 BMW 335i Gran Turismo offers a turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine generating 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 300 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,200 rpm and 5,000 rpm.

Both engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, and include automatic stop/start technology designed to help conserve fuel by shutting the engine off when idling in traffic or at intersections. A standard Driving Experience Control knob offers the driver four vehicle calibrations, including Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. As this article is written, BMW has not officially announced whether or not it will offer its xDrive all-wheel-drive system for the new 3 Series Gran Turismo.

As is the case with other 3 Series models, the new Gran Turismo variant can be optioned with Sport, M Sport, Luxury, and Modern trim lines, each providing the 3 Series GT with a unique appearance. Additionally, the Sport and M Sport models offer upgrades designed to improve the vehicle's acceleration, handling and driving enjoyment, according to BMW.

A variety of options can be added to the new 2014 3 Series Gran Turismo, ranging from signature Adaptive Xenon Headlights with corona-ring running lights to Comfort Access keyless entry with a Smart Opener feature that allows the power-operated tailgate to be opened by waving a foot under the bumper when the key fob is present. Additional upgrades include a BMW Parking Assistant that steers the car into parallel parking spaces, and a navigation system with Eco Route technology that accounts for driving style, traffic conditions and terrain to find the most fuel-efficient path to a destination.

BMW also offers numerous safety technologies for the 2014 3 Series Gran Turismo, including blind-spot information and lane-departure warning systems, active cruise control, and forward-collision warning technology, a 360-degree top-down view of the car and its surroundings, and BMW Assist telematics with Automatic Collision Notification service.

The 2014 BMW 328i Gran Turismo and 335i Gran Turismo go on sale at the end of the summer of 2013. Prices will be announced closer to the vehicle's arrival in dealer showrooms.

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