|Last June BMW Malaysia brought the 3 Series GT (Gran Turismo) to domestic shores at the then new Ingress Auto 4S dealership, Puchong. A year on, the locally-assembled 3 Series GT is added as the 14th variant in the BMW CKD (Complete Knocked-down) line-up. There are two versions of the domestically-built 3 Series GT; a 320d and the top flight 328i. Price for the imported 328i was RM 348,800.00, now the CKD version sets it up at a more conceivable RM 329,800.|
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, locally-assembled, gets Sport and Luxury Lines
Like the CBU (Complete Built-up) GT, the locally-assembled one has the familiar large black kidney grille, twin Bi-Xenon headlights with corona rings and LED accent lights, and the ‘Air Breathers’ near front wheels. At the side, the GT takes up a coupe-like roofline and frameless side windows that flow to the rear. The GT features L-shaped rear lights, and a functional rear spoiler that works according to the car’s speed. Automatically deploying at high speeds from 100km/h, the spoiler increases down force on the rear axle and ensures directional stability. On top of that, the active rear spoiler also reduces the body’s drag coefficient. Double spoke design 18-inch light-alloy wheels complete the GT package.
For interior trims, the 328i gets the Sport Line and the 320d is adorned with the Luxury Line. A spacious cabin and raised seat positions make getting in and out a breeze. Boot space, too, get increased dimensions of up to 520 liters, much attributed to a 40:20:40 split folding rear seat. Accessing the boot lid is extra easy, thanks to an electronically-operated tailgate switch. Additionally, a two-part rear parcel shelf is included to maximize storage capacity.
Completing the impressive functionality package offered by the 3 Series GT are four lashing eyes, a left-side panel with multifunction hook, aluminium luggage compartment rails, a 12 Volt socket and a deep storage compartment in the left side panel. Last, but not least, ConnectedDrive suite and iDrive are standard equipment on board the GTs.
The 328i receives a 2.0-liter petrol engine, while the 320d gets the 2.0-liter diesel, enabling 245hp, 350Nm of torque and 184hp, 380Nm, respectively. Top speeds fetch 250km/h on the 328i and 226 km/h on the 320d. Whereas, average fuel consumption is 6.4 liters per 100km, CO2 emissions is 149 grams per km for the 328i, and 4.9l/100km, 129 g/km for the 320d.
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo prices, colors and availability
The locally-assembled BMW 3 Series GT 320d is available in Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mineral Grey, while the 328i GT gets exclusive shades of Melbourne Red, Glacier Silver and Midnight Blue. For the Luxury line, the 328i has the option of Leather Dakota Black with Red highlighted leather upholstery or Dakota Coral Red with Black highlighted leather upholstery (White Alpine). The 320d GT has the Imperial Blue with Leather Dakota Black interior option.
The 320d GT goes for RM 298,800.00 and the 328i GT retails at RM 329,800.00; prices minus insurance but include 3-year /60,000 warranty.