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BMW gives the 3 Series Gran Turismo a mild refresh

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Text: Anton Andres / Photos: BMW | posted June 03, 2016 13:34

New engines for 2017 3 Series GT range

Following the update BMW made on the 3 Series sedan and Touring models, the company has introduced a host of changes in the 3 Series Grand Turismo hatchback. It gets the new engines seen in the sedan and wagon models as well as minor cosmetic tweaks.

For the 3 Series GT LCI (BMW's term for facelift), it gets subtle changes in front with the most visible difference between new and old are the standard LED headlights and foglights. Moving to the rear, the LED piping of the tail lights have also been rearranged and the bumper has been reshaped for a sportier look. The 3 Series GT rides on the Chinese-market 3 Series long wheelbase sedan platform and gains an extra 200 millimeters in overall length.

 BMW 3 GT interior

The interior has also been updated with the addition of higher quality materials used in the cabin. BMW also raised the front seats by 59 millimeters for a wider view and enhanced visibility. With its longer platform and hatchback body, cargo capacity is rated up to 1,600 liters with the rear seats folded down. The latest version of the BMW Navigation system Professional will now be offered in the BMW 3 Series GT. First seen in the 7 Series, important menu items are now displayed in a clear, tile-based style which BMW says makes operating the system even more intuitive.

New B58 inline-six

For 2017, three new gas engines join the 3 Series GT range. The new B engines from BMW now make their way to the new 3 Series GT starting with the B48 2.0 liter four cylinder turbo engines. Power output is rated at 184 PS and 270 Nm of torque for the 320i GT and 252 PS along with 350 Nm of torque in the range topping four cylinder model, the 330i GT. Replacing the 335i GT is the 340i GT, also with a new powertrain. Now with the turbocharged B58 3.0 inline-six, the 340i GT produces 326 PS and 450 Nm of torque. The 2.0 turbodiesel engine is also new, gaining 7 PS in the 318d GT models and 6 PS in the 320d GT. Power ratings are now at 148 PS in the 318d GT and 190 PS in the 320d GT.

European deliveries for the 3 Series GT LCI will begin next month.