BMW 3 Series GT LCI

Just about a year after the regular F30 3 Series was facelifted, our European spies have captured the F34 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo facelift – or Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) in BMW speak – being tested at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, indicating that the refreshed version of the segment bending premium hatchback will be unveiled soon.

Like the sedan, the GT will get new LED adaptive headlights as an option; however, it appears that xenon units will be made standard on the GT (as seen on mules wearing the M Sport bodykit), rather than the reflector halogens on base sedans. The front bumper inserts on non-M Sport models have also been revised slightly, but the bumper itself looks to remains the same, unlike the sedan.

At the rear, there are LED tail lights as well as a subtly reprofiled rear bumper, with the reflectors moved higher up. Expect interior revisions to follow the sedan, including upgraded materials, revised trim pieces, a sliding cover for the cupholders (finally banishing the old removable cover) and a new storage space ahead of the cupholders.

BMW 3 Series GT LCI

The GT should carry over the F30 LCI’s all-new range of turbocharged engines, including a 136 hp/220 Nm 1.5 litre three-pot petrol in the 318i, a 2.0 litre four-pot petrol in the 184 hp/290 Nm 320i and the 252 hp/350 Nm 330i, a 326 hp/450 Nm 3.0 litre straight-six in the 340i and a 2.0 litre turbodiesel in 116 hp 316d and 190 hp 320d flavours.

A 330e plug-in hybrid should also be made available, mating a 184 hp 2.0 litre petrol engine with an 80 kW (108 hp) electric motor to produce a combined 252 hp and 420 Nm. New six-speed manual and eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmissions are also expected to feature.


GALLERY: Pre-LCI F34 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo