2014 BMW 328 Gran Turismo – The BMW 328i granny Turismo delivers a novel mixture of sporting performance, usefulness and European luxury in it’s own section as there’s nothing else on the market that competes with it.
2014 BMW 328 Gran Turismo
The granny Turismo incorporates an outsized hatchback-like rear load gap and does not share any body panels with it’s 3-series family. Power comes from a a pair of40-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine mated to AN eight-speed automatic and xDrive all-wheel drive. commonplace safety options embrace six airbags, simple machine anti-lock disc brakes with adaptive brakelights, traction and stability management, run-flat tires, adaptive headlights and BMW Assist Emergency decision.
Introduction of 2014 BMW 328 Gran Turismo
You have to credit BMW with making the most from its cornerstone 3 Series lineup. Last year, a redesigned wagon followed the introduction of a new-generation sedan. Next year, the 3 Series coupe will transform into a new nameplate, the 4 Series. But wait, there’s more! Joining it will be the 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, a coupelike four-door hatchback that splits the difference between sedan and wagon.
Astute observers will notice that BMW has done this before with the 5 Series Gran Turismo. And the 3 Series GT does, in fact, resemble a compressed 5 Series GT with its roof pulled down sharply over the cargo area and rear deck for a coupelike profile. A subtle difference between the two models involves the 3 Series GT’s “Air Breathers,” small cutouts just behind the front wheels designed to reduce drag around the wheel arches.
Those wondering about a compelling case for the 3 Series GT alongside the wagon need only look at the stat sheet. The GT is nearly 8 inches longer and stands 3 inches taller than the wagon. Passengers sit 2 inches higher than in the sedan or wagon, and rear seat passengers enjoy 2.8 inches of additional legroom.
More importantly, the BMW 3 Series GT offers 18.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 56.5 cubes with the rear seat folded (note that these measurements are based on a European standard that differs from EPA ratings). A 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat and a large hatchback opening add versatility to the 3 Series toolbox, as does the ability for a driver to open that power rear hatch automatically by swiping her foot underneath the rear bumper (much like Ford’s system on its Escape crossover SUV).
Like other 3 Series models, the Gran Turismo comes with a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. An available turbocharged inline-6 generates 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. Both engines join an eight-speed automatic transmission. An adaptive suspension, which adjusts according to road surface, is optional, as is a sport-tuned suspension. The Gran Turismo also offers four driving modes, ranging from fuel-saving eco mode to Sport+ for more high-performance dynamic driving.
Inside, the dash and instrument panel follow the same form as the sedan, with classic analog gauges and a streamlined interface. There’s an available camera system with rear, 360-degree, side and top views for maneuvering in tight spaces. And like the rest of the 3 Series lineup, the 3 Series GT is available in Sport, Luxury, Modern and M Sport trim levels, with features that include 18- and 19-inch wheels of various designs, exterior body trim, leather upholstery and, on the M Sport, unique front and rear fascias.
The 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo arrives this summer. Pricing has not been announced, but expect the GT to carry a premium over its sedan and wagon counterparts and start at around $36,000. Check back later for a complete review, including driving impressions and buying advice, as more information becomes available.