German auto giant, BMW India sees the first 3-Series Gran Turismo (GT) roll off the production lines from its plant in Mahindra World City, Singaperumal koil, Chennai. The 3-Series GT was launched in India at the 12th Auto Expo, which was held at Greater Noida in February 2014. The locally developed 3-Series GT has been priced at Rs. 42.75 lakh (ex-showroom across India), while the deliveries of the vehicle have started.
Compared to BMWs German rivals, BMW is lagging a lot in the third position compared to Audi (1st) and Mercedes-Benz (2nd) in India. The main reasons for the poor sales of BMW is the lack of new products. The company is making its comeback with new products, first launched its entry-level car 1-Series and later updated 5-Series luxury sedan in India. Now in order to conquer the market, the company has launched the 3-Series GT that will be positioned between 3-Series and 5-Series.
BMW 3-Series GT made its global debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The 3-Series GT is 200 mm longer, 16 mm wider and 79 mm taller than the 3-Series sedan. The wheelbase of the GT is longer than that of the sedan by 110 mm. The GT rides on 18-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels, shod with 225/50 R18 tyres. The major impressive feature of GT is a sloping roofline that extends all the way to the end of the boot.
In India, the 3-Series GT is only available in 320d variant, that comes powered by a 2.0-litre straight-six engine that churns out 184bhp @ 4000 rpm and 380Nm of torque @ 1750-2750 rpm. Power is transmitted to rear wheels via an eight-speed auto gearbox sourced from ZF. BMW claims the car has a top speed of 226 km/hr and it can do 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. The 3-Series GT sports an automated spoiler at the rear, which functions over a speed of 110kmph and pauses when the car travels below 70kmph.