The BMW 3-Series GT Spied

These Germans certainly are persistent aren’t they as they prepare to bring another awkward looking GT car to the marketplace.  One can only wonder why as it’s not like the 5-series GT is flying off of showroom floors in fact I have only seen one on the road since it was launched back in the fall of 2010.  The nicest thing that I can say about the 5-series GT is that the trunk lid technology is pretty cool, the way that they it will open up like a conventionally trunk or open up like a 5-door hatchback.  Was the multipurpose trunk lid developed as an engineering exercise so that BMW could prove to the world that it could be done?

As I can’t for the life of me think of a reason to have the two rear opening styles in one single car.  Since BMW is getting into the mash-up mind set where will it stop?  Should we combine gull wing doors and traditional ones or low profile off road tires?  It seems to be a contradiction of sorts, doesn’t it?

To gain a better understanding of why a person would buy a GT series BMW I thought I should put myself in their shoes.  Once you’re done showing off the trick new rear-end and explain how great it is having one method of loading golf clubs and another for your wife’s channel bags.  You are left trying to explain the rest of the cars styling cues which is not going to be an easy task.  Good luck explaining why the car looks like it was stretched vertically, why the ride height and seating position is also so high, how the rear end is functionally instead of beautify.  Then there is the dilemma of your curious friends asking you how much the car cost.  I would suggest taking the easy way out by faking a heart attack or stroke, so that you don’t have to explain that it was $16,000 more over a base 528i Sedan or $8,000 more over base 535i Sedan.  That’s a lot of extra doe ray me to pay so that you can show your friends that you have two ways of loading cargo in the back.

One change that BMW has made to this GT is the way that it will be brought to market.  The new 3-series models will be introduced this fall as a 2012 model and the 3-series GT will be introduced a year or so later as a 2013 model.  Whereas when the 5-series was launched the GT was debuted 5 months before the release of the rest of the more traditionally 5-series model lineup.

No one will argue with the fact that the 3-series is the BMW’s bread and butter however there currently are 16 different 3-series models available in Canada, 19 if you count the range topping M3 line-up.  Do we really need a couple more with the GT badge on the back?  I certainly don’t think so, this is one model that I wish was going to a European only one.  I would hate to have my bumper to bumper commute up to cottage country ruined next summer by getting stuck behind one of these 3-Series GT’s on the Highway.

2013 BMW 3-Series GT - Rear

2013 BMW 3-Series GT - Front

2013 BMW 3-Series GT - Side

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