The GT family first launched in India with the 5-Series, and though the sedan was luxurious and spacious having all the premium features, it needed a fortune to own it. It was then, the German car manufacturers thought of giving the already popular 3-series some tweaks and unveil a more affordable GT series and voila! BMW 3-Series GT came into existence. Now, with this upgrade, the car has many advanced features and added space at the back.
In 2018, BMW has also launched a new 320d Gran Turismo Sport which is basically the older 320d Gran Turismo Sports Line, shedding off the “Line” in its name and being available at INR 46.6 lakh (ex-showroom pan-India) that is INR 3.4 lakhs lower than its predecessor. So, now the GT family boasts of three members- 320d Gran Turismo Sport, 320d Gran Turismo Luxury Line, and 330i Gran Turismo M Sport. It gets assembled at the Chennai facility of the company keeping in mind with “Make in India” sentiment. This car may offer fierce competition to Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Jaguar XE, and Audi A4.
The exteriors of 3-Series GT now come with a new LED headlight with LED daytime running lights. Though it comes with the same open circles, now you can have a full LED offering in both high and low beams. There is a new stylish bumper at both the front and rear end inspired by the M3 design, new set of side skirt to accentuate the look, and sharp and striking detailing on the tail lamps which is the signature of BMW. The roof of the car extends backwards and meets the boot like a coupe. It looks much more significant from behind thanks to the high boot. The alloys also get a makeover and come with 18-inch wheels. The new 320d GT Sport misses out on adaptive LED headlights and few chrome fittings externally due to the reduction in price.
You get a spacious and refined interior in the 3-Series GT. Though the premium features are a notch down than the 5-series, considering the price of this car and the promise of BMW, they are worth considering. The driver-centric dashboard is in black, and has a cluster of analogue fixtures which though are practical and easy to use, are not the latest in the industry. There is a new infotainment unit with integrated GPS navigation system and USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity. The front seats remain electrically adjustable, AC has dual-zone climate control, and keyless entry is a standard.
3-Series GT gets powered by 2 Litre, 4-Cylinder Turbocharged petrol engine churning out a maximum power of 250 bhp@5200 rpm and a peak torque of 350 Nm@1450-4800 rpm. These values become slightly reduced to 188 bhp@4000 rpm and 400 Nm@1750-2500 rpm in the diesel engine. In both the cases, the power reaches the rear wheel through an 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox. The sprint from 0 to 100 KMph takes 6.1 seconds in the petrol configuration, and the maximum speed is 250 Kmph.
There are several advantages to owning a 3-Series GT.
• The engine is fast and peppy and more like a tested mill for the brand. It makes driving a fun both at medium and high speed. • The gearbox is also fast and responsive with timely shifts, offering a smooth driving experience. • The cabin is more practical and spacious giving a comfortable experience to the occupants.
There are a few disadvantages in this car as well.
• The dashboard is not very modern with too many analogue features. • With a ground clearance of 165 millimetres, you need to be careful and slow-down at the speed breakers. • The car is not as agile as the sedan version.
In the end, we can say, at INR 46.6 lakh 3-Series GT is worth giving it a try considering the finesse and promise of BMW.