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Official: BMW X4 Concept is no Shanghai surprise

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

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“One in four new BMW cars is now a BMW SAV.” If you’re new to BMW parlance, SAV stands for Sports Activity Vehicle, a vehicle type most of us more commonly refer to as a crossover, and that statistic, which comes straight from the automaker itself, tells you all you need to know about why the X4 Concept you see above exists.

Like its larger X6 sibling, the BMW X4 Concept tries to shove a crossover in a mold shaped vaguely like a fastback coupe. Put another way, the X4 is likely to be a polarizing design, though perhaps not to the extent that the X6 divided opinions. As for us, we definitely prefer the styling of this X4 Concept, with its strong character lines and impressive wheel-to-bodyside ratio, over that of its bigger brother. That said, we’re sure the AMC Eagle comparisons will begin in earnest starting right about… now.

Dimensionally, it seems the most obvious machine with which to compare this X4 Concept is the 3 Series Wagon – we’re not sure if it will be as spacious inside as the 3 Series Gran Turismo. A two-inch stretch in the wheelbase ought to bring a commensurate improvement in legroom, and a body that’s nearly five inches longer should be a boon for cargo capacity. Of course, that fastback roofline will surely cut down on the car’s roominess inside, but we’ll have to wait for the final production model to judge its true capabilities.

BMW will build the production version of the X4 at its Spartanburg, SC plant here in the States, and it is expected to go on sale in 2014. Read the full press release below for all the details, but beware that most of it focuses on the X4 Concept‘s unique styling, which you can see for yourself in our high-res image gallery above.

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Official: BMW 3 Series wagon configurator up, priced from $41,450

By Zach Bowman

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If you’re still smarting from the shock of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, we have good news for you. BMW has just fired up the configurator for the 2014 3 Series wagon. Prices start at $41,450, excluding an $895 destination and handling fee. The price tag will buy you a 328i xDrive Sports Wagon with a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine boasting 241 horsepower paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment. The automaker’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is also standard, as is a fuel-saving auto start/stop function and 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all-season run flat rubber.

Buyers can step up to Sport Line trim for $2,600, and doing so graces the 3 Wagon with 18-inch wheels, high-gloss black accents outdoors as well as a sport leather steering wheel, high-gloss or aluminum interior trim and a black signature key fob. Luxury Line trim will set you back $2,300 abd features chrome trim accents outdoors and wood trim inside along with other goodies. Buyers can also opt for Modern Line trim at $2,300, complete with a turbine-design 18-inch alloy wheel, matte chrome trim bits outdoors and a range of interior trim options.

Our favorite of the bunch? That would be M Sport trim. While the tweaks are largely aesthetic, we dig the notion of 8-way power adjustable sport seats indoors and exclusive M Estoril Blue paint outside. Expect to pay $3,950 for the pleasure. Head over to the BMW site to build your own.

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First Drive: 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo [w/video]

By Matt Davis

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BMW Gets Much Closer To The GT Look And Feel It Seeks

The 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is being launched to a pretty cynical automotive press brigade. You know it. We know it. Heck, even BMW knows it. We’ve just returned from driving it on the rather unforgiving and sometimes nasty roads of Sicily, and even before we got behind the wheel, many of our media colleagues were busying themselves doubting the 3 GT‘s very raison d’être. So, despite the always excellent Sicilian hospitality, the day’s atmosphere was kind of fragile.

While the press in attendance seemed determined to nail every product expert to the wall for having been even tangentially associated with the larger 5 Series Gran Turismo, it seemed that BMW decided ahead of time to not introduce such a sensitive discussion topic. That strategy would do little to smooth things over as everyone started digging for dirt on BMW‘s so far clumsy Gran Turismo franchise.

As it turns out, we like the 3 GT despite so many packaging and design cards being stacked against it just by association with the 5 GT precedent. Automotive journalists are sometimes wrong en masse and this case of prejudice toward the 3 GT is one of those times.

And besides, much in the way the entire Buick brand still exists because China fell in love with it (entirely to General Motors‘ dumb-luck surprise), the 5 GT has somewhat thrived due to similar circumstances. The odd-duck 5 Series version – arguably the least appealing design ever to roll out of the halls of BMW – has found its savior almost exclusively in the Land of Confucius. After driving this new 3 GT, we have no reason to doubt it will find far more favor not just in China, but in all of BMW‘s major markets.

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Official: BMW 328d confirmed for New York debut

By Steven J. Ewing

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Late last year, some of BMW‘s future diesel plans for the US market were leaked, and we learned that a diesel-powered version of the 3 Series sedan (pictured above in 335i guise) would be coming in the first quarter of 2013. That report appears to be holding true, as BMW has just confirmed the debut of the oil-burning 328d sedan as part of the company’s New York Auto Show plans.

The 328d will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine good for 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The rear-wheel-drive sedan will hit 60 miles per hour in 7.2 seconds and fuel economy numbers could “well exceed” 40 miles per gallon. (Official EPA numbers will be released closer to the car’s launch.)

Elsewhere on BMW‘s New York stand, the company will show off the 3 Series Gran Turismo that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, as well as the Concept Active Tourer that we first saw in Paris last fall. Scroll down for the official press blast.

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Geneva: We obsessively covered Day One of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show

By Steven J. Ewing

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When it comes to sheer number of vehicle debuts, the Geneva Motor Show is by far one of the largest automotive expos we cover each year. Because of that, it’s easy to get lost in the madness and lose track of all the new metal that’s shown off here in Switzerland.

Never fear, for we’ve got you covered with our usual roundup. Have a glance at the table below to see everything that we’ve been able to capture on Day One of our Geneva coverage, and stay tuned for plenty more goodness tomorrow after we try to kill off some jet lag. Enjoy!

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Aston Martin enhances Rapide with new S model

Alpina B3 Bi-Turbo offers Europeans a pre-M3 performance 3er

2014 Volkswagen Golf GTD is our favorite oil-burning GTI

The Mansory Speranza proves that money can buy taste and good sense…

Pininfarina Sergio Concept ditches windshield for crash helmets [w/video]

Toyota RAV4 “Adventure” brings the butch

Volkswagen Golf Variant will make a lovely Jetta SportWagen

Audi A3 G-Tron offers big range, few emissions

Audi A3 E-Tron is a look at battery-operated things to come

ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour loses its lid

Toyota i-Road is no less strange in the flesh

Wiesmann GT MF4-CS offers track-ready forbidden fruit, par excellence

Audi RS Q3 is funky, chunky, spunky forbidden fruit [w/videos]

2013 Alfa Romeo 4C is pretty, just don’t look it in the eyes

Ferrari LaFerrari is so nice, we say it twice [w/poll]

Spyker B6 Venator Concept shows the brand still has a beating heart

Mitsubishi debuts Concept CA-MiEV, a new suburban EV with a 186-mile range

Volkswagen hatches hotter GTI in Geneva

Touring Superleggera Disco Volante is a stunning labor of love

Toyota FT-86 Open Concept would make a mighty fine droptop FR-S

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo fills a void we didn’t know existed

Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG is Affalterbach’s first big leap into the little pond

Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV brings diesel hybrid efficiency to the pickup game

Kia Provo Concept is the hybrid bruiser we’ve always wanted

McLaren P1 proves yellow doesn’t have to be mellow

Subaru Viziv is a diesel hybrid crossover we could learn to love

Chevrolet Captiva looks mildly refreshed and ready for family duty

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Geneva: BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo fills a void we didn't know existed

By Steven J. Ewing

Despite its substantial functionality, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo has been an utter sales flop here on our shores – so much so that the Germans have reportedly been rethinking the decision to not offer the 5 Series Touring in the States. So forgive us, then, for questioning the motives behind this new GT version of the smaller 3 Series, which will arrive in the US this summer in both 328i and 335i variants.

Nevertheless, the 3 Series GT makes its official debut here at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and despite its focus on rakishness (or something), it’s actually more functional and spacious than the 3 Series Sport Wagon. That’s right – thanks to an extra 4.3 inches of wheelbase, 7.9 inches of length and 3.2 inches of height, the 3GT offers more space for rear passengers and one more cubic foot of storage overall.

Engine choices are unchanged from the 3 Series sedan, with the 328i getting a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four and the 335i utilizing a 300-horsepower turbo-six. Pricing will be announced closer to the car’s on-sale date this summer.

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2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel, 2014 BMW 3-Series GT, Stolen Crossovers: Today’s Car News

Today at The Car Connection, we looked at the new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, which comes on the market this summer priced from $25,695, and promises to deliver a hybrid-like 42 mpg on the highway. We also learned that BMW is about to launch a new 3-Series Gran Turismo and we looked at a list of the top five crossovers and SUVs that thieves love… …read more
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Official: 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has arrived, don't call it a wagon

By Zach Bowman

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Behold the 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. BMW unveiled the new five door just ahead of the machine’s debut at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, complete with a raft of photos. US buyers will be able to get their hands on both 328i and 335i incarnations of the hatchback beginning this summer. Despite its proportions, the Gran Turismo is a whopping 7.9 inches longer than the 3 Series Sport Wagon and a full 3.2 inches taller. The GT also throws in 4.3 inches of extra wheelbase compared to the wagon, which translates into 2.3 inches of extra rear legroom.

Of course, the liftback design also means there’s 18.3 cubic feet of cargo area out back, which bests the wagon by one cube. Designers integrated the company’s first active spoiler to improve aerodynamics, and an M Sport package (seen here) helps give the machine a more purposeful look. As with its four-door siblings, the 328i Gran Turismo benefits from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, 335i buyers can look forward to finding a 300 horsepower 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline six cylinder engine with 300 lb-ft of torque.

Perhaps the real question in light of slow sales for its big-brother 5 Series Gran Turismo brother is…. will it sell? Check out the massive gallery above and full press release below for more information, then feel free to hazard a guess as to its chances for success in Comments.

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2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo Premiers Ahead of Geneva Launch

By Darryl

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The new 2014 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is slated to have an official reveal at the Geneva Motor Show but as customary as the internet is with leaking official photos, we get a first look at the new 3 Series hatch beforehand.

The new BMW 3 Series GT looks to be a smaller variation of the 5 Series GT. As far as design and perception to enthusiasts, it is getting mixed reviews thus far. Sure it is well functional and we expect the same turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder to power the 3 Series GT, but does its looks have what it takes to appeal to potential buyers? Moreover, we beg to ask if something more along the lines of a 3 Series Gran Coupe would have been a more tasteful indulgence to take the new Benz CLA head on? Only time will show. BMW has released official information after the internet leak of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo below.

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Intelligent load area management.

The luggage compartment also reflects the car’s increased dimensions, its 18.3 cu.ft. (520 liters) of trunk space (based on European measure) outstripping that of the BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon by a full cubic foot (25 liters). The large load aperture and high-opening tailgate make access easier. Practical features – such as the 40:20:40 split/folding rear seat with folding head restraints and tilt-adjustable backrests, and the two-piece parcel shelf – underscore the functionality of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The large load area can be utilized in many different ways, allowing intelligent space management. Practical features such as tie-down points, multifunction hooks and an underfloor storage compartment make it even more convenient to use, while the LED strips that illuminate the cargo area emphasize the premium quality of the 3 Series Gran Turismo.

Design: Innovative, Emotional, Practical

The first impression delivered by the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo invariably centers on the striking combination of dynamic and aesthetic appeal. Attractive proportions, four doors with frameless windows, the coupe-style, gently falling roofline and large tailgate define the distinctive character it has chiseled for itself within the BMW 3 Series ranks. Powerful lines and taut surfaces sketch out an athletic body which lends the car …read more
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Report: BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo gets leaked well ahead of Geneva reveal

By Seyth Miersma

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The great power of the internet has allowed us to get an early first look at the all-new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, a car that is slated to be shown in full at the Geneva Motor Show next month, albeit without many details to go on right now. With pictures leaking out this early in the game, we’d expect that you won’t have to wait until March to get the full lowdown, however.

Our first look at the 3er GT reveals a car that is, to our eyes, a tidier piece of design work than its 5 Series GT brother. The long-backside proportions are still a bit ungainly, at least from these images, but they’re helped tremendously with the larger wheel/tire package and more aggressive fascia of the sport package.

Expect the 3 Series GT to hit the ground running, with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and 3.0-liter inline-six found in the standard 3 Series sedan. BMW‘s popular xDrive all-wheel-drive system is a virtual lock for the option sheet, too.

Click through our attached gallery for a closer peek at the car, and stay tuned for more information about the 3 Series Gran Turismo as we get closer to its Geneva launch.

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