The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

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The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.
Aesthetic appeal, space and functionality.

Singapore – BMW Asia today announced the arrival of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, an innovative new concept that combines a Sedan’s dynamic, sporty genes with the practicality and versatility of a Touring.

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“The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is a high-calibre addition to the BMW 3 Series range that targets the premium mid-size segment. It exudes the elegance of a sports sedan but at the same time offers immense practicality and extra space,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia. “Not only is there more headroom in the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, it has additional legroom of full 70 millimetres over the 3 Series Sedan, thereby raising its spaciousness to luxury-car level.”

The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo emits an aesthetic and emotional appeal, by demonstrating a distinctive presence on the road and offering similarly pronounced driving pleasure. All of which allows the new Gran Turismo to make a compelling case for itself as both an elegant business carriage and a dynamic, comfortable tourer.

Typical BMW proportions, four doors with frameless windows, a coupe-style, gently downward-sloping roofline and a large, automatically opening and closing tailgate define the distinctive exterior character of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. An active rear spoiler – the first of its type on a BMW – provides visual lightness and reduces lift at touring speeds.

The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo measures 200 millimetres longer in length than the BMW 3 Series Sedan, comes with a 110 millimetre longer wheelbase and stands 79 millimetres taller. However, the clever use of proportions, surfaces and lines ensures that the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is immediately recognisable as a member of the new BMW 3 Series range.

“Not only does the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo look good on the outside, its interior further evokes a lounge-style ambience that makes long journeys something to look forward to,” added Mr Fiorentinos.

Impressive long-distance comfort in a unique ambience.
Generous interior dimensions allow the passengers in every seat of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to sit back and enjoy an impressive feeling of space and unbeatable freedom of movement. The front and rear passengers all benefit from a seating position increased by 59 millimetres, which provides an outstanding view out and makes entry and exit significantly more comfortable.

Plus, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also offers extra headroom. The increase in space will be particularly noticeable in the rear compartment, where a full 70 millimetres of additional legroom over the Sedan – giving luxury-car levels of spaciousness – is there to be enjoyed.

The interior is complemented by its design forms, colour scheme and materials, which creates a lounge-style ambience thereby enabling passengers to enjoy short trips and long journeys alike in relaxed comfort.

Intelligent load area management.
The load area also reflects the car’s increased dimensions, its 520 litres of boot capacity even outstripping that of the BMW 3 Series Sedan by 40 litres. The large load aperture and high-opening tailgate make access easier. Practical standard features – such as the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat bench with folding head restraints and tilt-adjustable backrests (cargo function), and the two-piece parcel shelf – underscore the impressive functionality of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The large load area can be utilised in many different ways, allowing intelligent space management. Practical features such as lashing points, multifunction hooks and an underfloor storage compartment make it even more convenient to use, while the LED strips that illuminate the cargo area emphasise the premium quality of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo.

Quintessential BMW 3 Series: functional elegance, two equipment lines.
High-end material combinations and fit and finish of the highest quality underline the premium ambience on board the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The latest addition to the BMW 3 Series family can be ordered with the Sport Line or Luxury Line, as well as the optional M Sport package.

Three petrol engines power the GT off the start line.
Driven by powerplants that use BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is available as the range-topping six-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet of the BMW 335i Gran Turismo, the four-cylinder petrol units in the BMW 328i Gran Turismo and BMW 320i Gran Turismo.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic for all three engine variants, and the gearbox is linked up with the fuel-saving Auto Start-Stop function.

Advanced suspension technology, featuring a large number of light-alloy components, finely-balanced axle load distribution (50:50) and a torsionally stiff lightweight body ensure outstanding handling attributes and a high degree of agility and precision.

Relative to the BMW 3 Series Sedan, the longer wheelbase (+110 mm), greater wheel diameter and specification of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo – which includes 18-inch wheels – result in a car offering excellent directional stability and long-distance comfort.

BMW EfficientDynamics.
In addition to its enviable practicality and sporting dynamics, the outstanding fuel economy of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also serves the cause of driving pleasure. The key here is the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, whose influence can be seen in virtually every area of the new model. Building on the good work of ultra-frugal engine, the intelligent lightweight construction concept of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and its optimised aerodynamics (including Air Curtains, Air Breathers and the active rear spoiler) do their bit to maximise efficiency and dynamics. And other measures, such as the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Optimum Shift Indicator and on demand operation of ancillary components join the campaign to ensure the powerful BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is capable of impressively low fuel consumption and emissions. In fact, the car still has the potential to cut fuel use by as much as another 20 per cent using ECO PRO mode.

BMW ConnectedDrive.
An extensive selection of driver assistance systems and mobility solutions, offered under the BMW ConnectedDrive programme, allows the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to set the benchmark in its segment in terms of safety, convenience and infotainment. One highlight of the range is the latest generation full-colour Head-Up Display, which projects key information such as speed, navigation instructions and song titles onto the windscreen in sharp resolution. This comes alongside an array of other convenience and safety-enhancing assistance systems, including; Park Distance Control, contactless tailgate opening and Bluetooth Office, just to name a few.

The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will be retailed at Performance Motors Limited, 303 Alexandra Road from 25 July 2013.

Cheryl Tay

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