Changes are in line with the facelifted sedan and wagon.

BMW applied a nip and tuck to the 3 Series Sedan and Touring a little over a year ago and now time has come for the Gran Turismo to get just about the same array of tweaks. While not as odd as its bigger brother, the 3 Series GT is not exactly one of the prettiest cars BMW has to offer nowadays. The styling revisions brought by the mid-cycle refresh are on a subtle level and some of the changes are barely noticeable.

BMW will sell the 3 Series GT in Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport variants. Regardless of the one you go for, all cars get LED headlights, fog lights, taillights, along with the latest iDrive, leather steering wheel, and support for USB and Bluetooth. Two new metallic finishes have been added to the catalog, plus Estoril Blue which can only be had in the M Sport model. To enable more variety, BMW has three fresh alloy wheel designs along with more upholstery options and additional interior trim strips.

There are no less than 18 engine, transmission, and drive configurations available. xDrive will be selectable as an option on all gasoline engines as well as on the 320d and 330d models while the 335d will come as standard with an all-wheel-drive layout. New to the range are three turbocharged gasoline units, a 2.0-liter with 184 horsepower (135 kilowatts) in the 320i, followed by a 252-hp 2.0-liter in the 330i and a 326-hp 3.0-liter for the 340i which replaces the 335i.

Five diesel variants are on offer, ranging in output from 150 hp (110 kW) to 313 hp (230 kW). Depending on engine selection, BMW will sell the facelifted 3 Series GT with manual or Steptronic automatic transmissions.

BMW says it will have the more practical and revised 3 Series on sale at the beginning of summer. Spy photos have shown BMW is already working on the next-generation 3 Series which will likely arrive by the end of 2017 or early 2018. It's too soon to say whether there's going to be a new 3 Series GT, but seeing as how the 5 Series GT will live to see another generation, the same thing could happen to its smaller brother. BMW mentions the model's biggest markets are China, Germany, and United States, with the majority of buyers being new to the brand.

Source: BMW

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