BMW Santa Barbara is pleased to announce that BMW will be introducing the 3-Series Gran Tourismo to the United States market.  BMW’s goal is to provide drivers with yet another model option for the popular 3-Series, filling the absence in the market with a beefier design, and additional room and cargo space.  The car is a coupelike four-door hatchback that falls between a sedan and a wagon and will be available at BMW Santa Barbara late this summer.SBAlogo5

Distinctive Design

Slated for release this summer, the 2014 3-Series Gran Tourismo features a long-wheelbase chassis and large rear hatch.  In general, the 3-Series GT is discretely wider and features a taller grille and weighs in at 300 pounds heavier compared to its sedan counterparts.  While the design updates make the care slightly less agile than the sedan version, the Gran Tourismo offers a comfortable, roomier driving experience.

The BMW 3-Series Gran Tourismo stands apart from the 3-Series Wagon in a variety of ways.  Boasting a full 8 inches extra in length, and 3 inches taller, the car sets drivers up more like an SUV than a car.  The added dimensions also provide nearly 3 inches more legroom in the back, a considerable improvement for adult passengers or oversized cargo.

High Performance Power

The 2013 BMW 3-Series Gran Tourismo will feature two engine options in the United States.  The first is the Single-turbo N55 3.0 liter inline-six featuring 300 horsepower.  Capable of racing from 0-60 in just 5.1 seconds, the engine provides ample power for a luxury performance vehicle.  The second engine is the N20 turbo 2.0 liter four cylinder capable of 240 horsepower.  Both engines feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.  Furthermore, an adaptive suspension is available, in addition to an optional sport-tuned suspension.  The Gran Tourismo also offers four driving modes, ranging from fuel-saving eco mode to Sport+ for a more active high-performance driving experience.

BMW has not announced a specific release date yet, but fans can expect to see the car in showrooms sometime this summer.  BMW Santa Barbara invites customers to sign up for alerts and updates regarding the launch and to receive more information about the vehicle as it is released.

The price for the BMW 3-Series Gran Tourismo is not yet available, but the MSRP base price is estimated somewhere between $30K and $50K.  The car is a great option for Santa Barbara BMW 3-Series fans in need of extra room for friends, family, or cargo.

About Santa Barbara Auto Group

Santa Barbara Auto Group is conveniently located off the 101 and Hope Ave and proudly serves Santa Barbara and the greater Southern California area.  Santa Barbara Auto Group is an authorized BMW dealer and features a wide array of new and pre-owned BMW vehicles.  The sales department at Santa Barbara Auto Group has one purpose – to exceed customers’ expectations from test drive to delivery.  The professional sales team is committed to a no-pressure, high integrity approach to every ownership experience.  Santa Barbara Auto Group also features a dedicated professional service department and a state-of-the-art facility offering the most current diagnostic and repair equipment available and highly skilled factory-trained technicians to deliver efficient quality vehicle care.

Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California.  To learn more about any of the popular BMW models including the BMW 3-Series, 5-Series, or Z4 Roadster, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

Santa Barbara Auto Group

402 S Hope Ave

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(805) 682-2000