BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo 2016

BMW '3 Series hatchback' Gran Turismo facelifted

BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo 2016BMW has revised its slow-selling 3 Series Gran Turismo for 2016 to bring it in line with the rest of the 3 Series range (and try to kick-start its UK popularity).

The five-door 3 Series gets a tweaked front end with posher detailing and standard-fit LED headlights, a smarter interior and a range of new engines.

It also gets BMW’s new tile-based Professional navigation system, the first time the new setup has been offered on a mid-size BMW (after debuting on the World Luxury Car 2016 title-winning new 7 Series).

BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo 2016

BMW says the revised grille and new headlights give it a broader stance on the road; there are “zestful” new LED lights at the rear as well, plus a revised rear apron.

Two new colours are offered, taking the total palette up to 11, with Estoril Blue again reserved for M Sport variants (helping car geeks spot them at a glance). Sport and Luxury trims will also be available, reflecting BMW’s desire to take the 3GT slightly upmarket.

BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo 2016

Inside, the infotainment display is less bulky, there’s more polished metal detailing for the switches and the centre console boasts high-gloss trim.

New engine range

BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo 2016

All three petrol engines are all-new: there’s a 184hp 320i and 252hp 330i – both have a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo – plus a 326hp 3.0-litre straight-six turbo 340i.

Diesels include 150hp 318d, 190hp 320d and 224hp 325d – all are from the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine family – plus 258hp 330d and 313hp 335d six-cylinder motors. Both rear-wheel drive and xDrive four-wheel drive variants are available.

The 325d is a new version of the four-pot engine, boasting twin turbos: emitting as little as 124g/km and averaging 60.1mpg, expect it to come to other BMW models in due course.

BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo 2016

And while it may not be all that popular in the UK (seemingly in contrast to the pretty Audi A5 Sportback), it’s a strong seller in other markets: China and the USA like it – 20 per cent of the 130,000 3GT built to date have been sold in China – while 1 in 6 German buyers takes a Gran Turismo.

What’s more, a high proportion of 3GT buyers are conquest customers: in China, 9 in 10 buyers are new to the brand.