Black elements add a touch of sportiness to the 3 Series Gran Turismo that remains unchanged in all other aspects
The BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is a touch more practical than the standard 3 Series, owing to its taller stance and the notchback body style. Now, as a last hurrah to this generation of the 3 Series GT, BMW has introduced the Shadow Edition, complete with black elements all around to differentiate it from the standard car. Although currently, it is the only trim available on the 3 Series Gran Turismo.
The Shadow Edition gets a blacked-out grille, mirrors and smoked headlamp surrounds. It also gets new 18-inch rims finished in black, and black tailpipes too. Other than that, not much has changed here. Since this is based on the 330i M Sport, it gets the aggressive body kit as standard and M Sport trimmings on the inside too.
Speaking of the insides, the 3 Series GT does still get a fair bit of kit — 10.5-inch digital instrument cluster, 8.8-inch central infotainment display, Apple CarPlay (no Android Auto), a panoramic glass roof, rear-view camera and ambient lighting too. It also gets adaptive LED headlights, LED fog lights, electrically-operated tailgate, eight airbags, including curtain head protection for rear passengers and a suite of safety aids like ABS, corner brake control, stability control and traction control.
Under the hood sits a 2-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged-petrol engine, identical to the standard 330i, producing 248bhp and 350Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission. This allows the 3 Series GT to sprint to 100kmph in 6.1 seconds.
It isn’t a major overhaul but it does get subtle styling changes to convince people who were on the fence about buying the 3 Series Gran Turismo. Although the 3 GT hasn’t done particularly well compared to the conventional sedan since very few people want to spend the extra dough for the added boot space. The 3 Series GT is also due for an overhaul, in-line with the current G30 3 Series model lineup so the equipment is a bit ‘last-gen’. Nevertheless, at Rs 42.5 lakh, the 3 Series Gran Turismo is a great pick for those who want a comfortable luxury car that has a bit more space than a regular 3 Series sedan, but don’t want an SUV.