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By Motoring Reporter


New BMW brings elegance and space

Sadly only the 320i, 320d and 340i Gran Turismo models will be available in SA.

BMW is preparing to launch the latest BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in July.

Blending the elegance of a coupe with the spaciousness of a luxury sedan and the boot capacity of a station wagon, the 3 Series Gran Turismo has developed into a firm fixture of the mid-size class over the last three years.

Its biggest sales markets are China, Germany and the US, and the majority of BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo customers are new to the BMW brand. The new version of the Gran Turismo cuts a visibly sportier figure, and the three petrol and five diesel engines in the range offer noticeably higher output.

All the engines are turbocharged and burn up to 14% less fuel. The interior impresses with its high-quality materials, the new user interface for the Navigation system Professional (taken from BMW’s luxury-class cars) and even better smartphone connectivity.

The interior of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has an even more sophisticated feel, thanks to upgraded materials and accents. Extra chrome around the interior controls, and new decorative wood elements, colours and leather trim variants take perceived quality to a new level, while the interior’s haptic and ergonomic attributes have also been further enhanced.

The new generation of engines available for the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo offer compelling levels of sports performance, agility and economy.

The range for the SA market consists of two all-new petrol units developing 135kW to 240kW and one diesel engine producing 140kW – with classical rear-wheel drive, manual or Steptronic automatic transmission.

Only the BMW 320i, 320d and 340i Gran Turismo will be offered in SA.

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