BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Review
Whenever the world demands cars with power and luxury, the German car Mogul Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) comes up with its head high and presents a chronicle of exuberance. BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, the exquisite Grand tourer is an unique and tell-tale signature of the nonpareil sedan maker. Aesthetic appeal, dominance and utilitarian, these words best give the account for the all new 3 series Gran Turismo. The 3GT can be counted as a remarkable outgrowth of the 3 series exploiting the distinctive road appeal and tantamount driving pleasure making it a business wagon as well as a dynamic and comfortable tourer. Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC) the official importer and distributor of BMW cars in Philippines opened its heart for the Gran Turismo in 2013 at the launch convention in Bonifacio Global City.
Engine, Mileage & Variants
BMW proffers the 3 Series Gran Turismo magnanimously in 13 trim levels. These are ignited and blasted by 2 powerful petrol and 2 diesel engines of capacity 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre. The maximum power whisked out of the the rambling pistons across all the variants ranges from 135 hp at 5000-6250 rpm to 230 hp at 4300 rpm and the torque that pushes the vehicle forward reach out to its pinnacle ranges from 270 Nm between 1250 to 4500 rpm to 600 Nm between 1300 to 3000 rpm. The car requires only 4.9 seconds to hit 0-100 km/hr and will not stop until there will be a mind hair bending on speedometer electronically limited at 250 kmph. The ultra frugal 2.0-litre diesel engine with the lightweight construction body optimized with direct fuel injection reduces fuel consumption and provides a considerable mileage of 4.6 Litre/100km.
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo kept extant the aesthetics and aristocracy of the Bavarian automaker. The car represent the dynamic lines of a coupé united in an elegant manner with the flat tail at the back protruding a tourer look. The precisely outlined and chrome bounded, iconic kidney grille showcases the particular character of BMW 3GT. The chrome frame melts into the wedged headlights with traditional round halogens. The rear lights having long L shape extending over the tail gate represents the expansive boot space. BMW 3GT features a sharply defined air breather below the OVRM's to cool of the spurring engine. Auto adjusting spoilers at the back is captivating feature introduced by the carmaker. The waist lines rising from the rear are accentuated by the character line in the borderless door windows which proffers uninterrupted view. The car comes equipped with alloy wheels of size 17 inch and 18 inch. BMW 3GT is a considerably big tourer which is evident from its body dimensions which ranges from 4824 mm x 1828 mm x 1508 mm(L x W x H) across all the variants with a judicious wheelbase of 1541 mm.
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is bestowed with an ornamental lounge styled interior making a generous impression. BMW has taken care of every minute detail to explicitly define ergonomics such that all the features can be used intuitively. The instrument cluster is sagaciously placed in driver's vision along with navigation. The light and elegantly designed instrument panel is harmonically placed with the 7-inch wide screen. The alluring infotainment elements like BMW Apps, Connected Drive and Dictation functions embedded in the wide screen augments the comfort level. Besides that, the car has been embedded with several multimedia and audio features, the most notable of them being the Harmon Kardon surround sound system which can make a concert hall run for money. The boot space provided is impressive and ranges from 520 litres to 553 litres across all the variants and can further escalated with 40/20 split to 1600 litres.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is one of the safest and easy to handle cars appendages by a copious number of technological safety features. The 3GT features an Adaptive M suspension system which adapts itself according to the road and driving conditions. BMW head up display provides all necessary details in full colour display right in driver's vision. The Bavarian automakers being meticulous regarding the safety added Driving assistant which notes the unintentional lane changes and notifies the driver for over speeding and overtaking. Besides that, the car has been equipped with plethora of other safety features like Active protection which senses the driver's fatigue and alerts the driver to take a break. Collision Prevention Assist and pretensioned front seat belts are another jewel to safety. Apart from this the side curtain air bags and Active Parking Assist ensures maximum safety of the passengers.
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo can be summed up as a powerful tourer vehicle encompassing the comforts of a luxury sedan with advanced infotainment and safety features. However, this Gran Turismo appears to be a little overpriced and the amalgamation of both sedan and a tourer made the appearance a bit out of the box, and may fail to appeal to the masses.