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SPIED: BMW 3 Series GT

2012-10-02 12:14

BARELY DISGUISED: Pictures of the new BMW 3 Series show short overhangs, pumped fenders and sporty alloy rims.

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2012 BMW 3-series GT (Spy)

The distinctive shape of the car in these pictures clearly shows a BMW 3 Series GT that features the same raised seating position and ride height at the bigger 5 Series GT and will also adopt a two-tier rear hatch design.

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It will come with both rear-wheel drive and xDrive 4x4 configurations, with its power coming from a range of four and six-cylinder engines.

COUPE CHARACTERISTICS

In 2010, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said his company had not cancelled plans for a 3 Series crossover as it’s “considered a volume builder with which we can earn good money".

Designers have stressed the car’s coupe characteristics just as they did with the X6 and 5 Series GT. We see extremely short overhangs, pumped fenders and sporty alloy rims.

Pricing will also reflect the car’s positioning above the standard 3 Series on which it will be based. Along with the X3, it will give BMW a vital rival to Audi’s A4 Avant as well as its Q3 SUV.

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