BMW has officially unveiled the new 3-Series GT (Gran Turismo) at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The vehicle combines practicality and performance with its super-powerful, economical engines and superb load space.

The 3-Series GT is 200 mm longer, 81 mm taller and the wheel base is extended by 110 mm compared to 3-Series Touring. This means an additional 70 mm of rear seat legroom as well as 1600 liters (56.5 cubic feet) of luggage capacity when the rear seats are folded down.

The engine range includes a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel with 143 HP (105 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque; a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel with 184 HP (135 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft); 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder with 184 HP (135 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft); a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder with 245 HP (180 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) and a mighty 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six cylinder with 306 HP (225 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

In addition to its enviable practicality and sporting dynamics, the outstanding fuel economy of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also serves the cause of driving pleasure. The key here is the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy, whose influence can be seen in virtually every area of the new model. Building on the good work of the ultra-frugal petrol and diesel engines, the intelligent lightweight construction concept of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and its optimised aerodynamics (including Air Curtains, Air Breathers and the active rear spoiler) do their bit to maximise efficiency and dynamics.

And other measures, such as the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, Optimum Shift Indicator and on-demand operation of ancillary components join the campaign to ensure the powerful BMW 3 Series Gran Turismoboasts impressively low fuel consumption and emissions. The economy drive doesn't stop there, either; the car still has the potential to cut fuel use by as much as another 20 per cent using ECO PRO mode and the new ECO PRO Route function.

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Source: BMW