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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - BMW reveals 3-Series Gran Turismo

BMW has expanded the 3-Series lineup by combining the sedan's dynamic sporting genes with the practicality and versatility of the wagon in the 3-Series Gran Turismo.

Making the 3-Series Gran Turismo stand out from the other 3-Series versions are its coupe style, thanks to its gently downward-sloping roofline, four doors with frameless windows, and automatic tailgate. An active rear spoiler--the first of its type on a BMW--helps to reduce lift at touring speeds.

In practically every dimension, the 3-Series Gran Turismo is larger than its wagon counterpart. However, the clever use of proportions, surfaces and lines ensures that the car is immediately recognizable as a member of the new BMW 3-Series range.

The 3-Series Gran Turismo's larger exterior dimensions echo inside, with the seating position of the front and rear passengers raised by 59mm. The increase in space is also noticeable in the rear compartment, with 70mm additional legroom compared to the sedan and wagon variants. The cargo area also reflects the car's increased dimension, with its 520L capacity topping that of the wagon by 25L.

Three gasoline-powered and two diesel-fed engines will be offered, with an output ranging from 141hp to 302hp.

The range-topping six-cylinder petrol engine under the hood of the 335i Gran Turismo is joined by the four-cylinder gasoline units in the 328i Gran Turismo and 320i Gran Turismo. Rounding out the engine choices are the two 2.0-liter diesel mills powering the 320d and 318d Gran Turismos.

Sending the power to the rear wheels is a six-speed manual gearbox, although an eight-speed automatic is also available as an option for all engine variants. Both gearboxes are also linked up with BMW's fuel-saving start-stop function.

The 3-Series Gran Turismo is available in either Sport Line, Luxury Line or Modern Line equipment package, with the optional M Sport package to be available by July.

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