Minimal styling changes have been made to the 3-series GT facelift with visual differences over the current model including a lightly revised air-duct design up front, standard-fit LED headlamps with newly designed lens graphics, and an altered valence panel on the lower edge of the rear bumper. BMW will offer the new model in three different trim levels–Sport Line, Luxury Line and M-Sport – the latter featuring individual styling touches. It also comes with the choice of two new exterior colours as well as three new wheel designs and what BMW describes as a “wider array of upholstery variants”.
A new petrol addition is the 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six engine, with its 321bhp going into the 340i Gran Turismo. Lower spec models will come with a six-speed manual box but they can be specified with the eight-speed auto which is standard on higher-spec models.
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.
The new BMW 3 Series GT will be available in three trim levels: Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport. Deliveries in the UK will start from this September. BMW India will likely get the facelifted 3 Series GT by the end of 2016, or early 2017.
All 3 Series GTs powered by petrol and the diesel-engined 320d and 330d can be optionally specified with BMW’s xDrive, while the 335d comes with all-wheel-drive as standard. Gearboxes include a six-speed manual or optional eight-speed Steptronic, depending on variant.