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2011 BMW 3-Series GT Given Production Green Light


3-Series GT preview rendering

3-Series GT preview rendering

Hot on the heels of the recently unveiled BMW 5-Series GT comes word that a 3-Series GT is also in the works. Expected to be based around the next-generation 3-Series Sedan, due around the same time, the addition of the 3-Series GT will lift the 3-Series body count to five (coupe, convertible, sedan, wagon and the GT five-door).

The 3-Series GT should get the same raised seating position and ride height as the bigger 5-series GT and will also likely adopt a two-tier rear hatch design. Both RWD and xDrive AWD configurations are expected as well, with power coming from a range of four- and six-cylinder engines.

Renderings developed by Motor Authority preview what the new car may look like, showing off the aggressive new look that’s working its way throughout BMW’s lineup.

Speaking with Edmunds, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said BMW has not canceled plans for a 3-Series crossover as it’s “considered a volume builder with which we can earn good money.” Of course, it's not clear if that chance to 'earn good money' is based on present-day figures or speculated mid-2010s figures. More likely the latter.

Extremely short overhangs, pumped fenders and sporty alloy wheels will accentuate the vehicle's coupe-like properties, despite the somewhat bulky hatch-like configuration.

Pricing is likely to reflect the car’s more premium position against the standard 3-Series, while competition is likely to come from vehicles like the Audi A4 Avant wagon, upcoming Q3 SUV, and even BMW’s own X1 SUV.

[Motor Authority]

 
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