BMW-3GT 3

It was certainly an eventful day yesterday, with three car launches taking place. You’ve read about the first two, and this one sweeps up things. The afternoon saw the introduction of the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in Malaysia, with a sole model – the 328i GT in Sport Line trim – giving the car its debut here.

Its arrival here has been accomplished in quick fashion. The wraps came off in February, ahead of a Geneva debut, and the international media drive for the car was just a couple of months back.

The 328i GT wasn’t one of the variants available during the drive in Sicily, but BMW Malaysia has opted for the middle ground with this one; word is that somewhere down the line, the diesel is set to join the range, but until then, it’s left to the 245 hp and 350 Nm 2.0 litre variant to fly the 3 GT flag here.

We’ve covered the car in great detail in our drive report, so you can read it to get what the design’s philosophy and approach is all about, but a quick overview of the novelties. Sitting on an extended wheelbase 3 Series sedan platform, it’s the biggest car in the 3er family, being 200 mm longer and 81 mm than the Touring.

The biggest draw of choosing one over a F30 sedan is the increased levels of interior space it offers – 70 mm of additional rear legroom over its sedan and touring siblings, with 520 litres of boot space with rear seats up and 1,600 with them folded are the primary numbers.

On to the bits relevant to the particular variant – going the Sport Line route brings a high-gloss black exterior along with it, and the 328i GT wears 18-inch alloys and 225/50 series tyres. Performance figures for the model are a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.1 seconds and an electronically-limited 250 km/h top speed.

Six exterior colours are available for the 328i GT Sport Line, and the palette is made up of Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Melbourne Red, Glacier Silver, Midnight Blue and Mineral Grey.The interior, meanwhile, is dressed up in Dakota Black leather upholstery with Sport Line-associated red highlights, though if you go with the Alpine White variant, a Dakota Coral Red leather scheme with black highlights is available.

As for pricing, the 3 Series Gran Turismo 328i goes for RM348,800, on-the-road, without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI).