Although BMW’s venerable 3 Series is set to be replaced early next year by the new 4 Series, that hasn’t stopped the Bavarian automakers from letting the 3 Series take one last bow. Today, BMW unveiled the newest variants of its flagship car: the new, diesel-powered 328d, a Gran Turismo model, and a new 3 Series concept vehicle.
The new diesel is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that kicks out 180 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This will allow the car to balance BMW’s famed performance and driving dynamic with a new frugality at the pump. The car is projected to hit 60 mph in roughly 7.2 seconds and is expected to easily exceed 40 mpg in highway driving.
BMW also took advantage of the moment to unveil a GT version of the 3 Series. This car has a significantly longer wheelbase than the standard 3 Series and is built with an emphasis on driver and passenger comfort. It comes with the option of a 240 hp 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or, for those who prefer a bit more grunt, a 300 hp, 3-liter inline-six engine. This was seen as a somewhat surprising move by BMW, whose last GT car, the 5 series Gran Turismo, sold dismally stateside and was really only successful in Europe, where fuel costs are at a premium.
Finally, BMW revealed their new Concept Active Tourer. This vehicle has a similar design to the upcoming BMW i3, set to launch later this year and functions based on the same powertrain design. The Concept Active Tourer is propelled by a 1.5 L three-cylinder gasoline engine, mated to an electric motor. BMW has promised that this combination should produce 190 hp and 147 pound-feet of torque, all while burning fuel at the staggeringly efficient rate of 94 mpg on the highway.
The 328d will be available in dealerships across America in late summer and will cost roughly $40,000. There is no set verdict regarding the launch date of the 3 Series GT, nor whether the Concept Active Tourer will ever reach the production stage.