Since its debut, the BMW 3 Collection Gran Turismo has at all times been somewhat peculiar. It’s not fairly a wagon however it’s not fairly a crossover. It’s type of within the center and wears a cool hunchback physique fashion. It’s as if it’s not fairly certain what it desires to be. That indecision is off-putting for lots of shoppers, which has led it to poor gross sales figures. So with the brand new era of three Collection lastly debuting, BMW is ready to kill off the Gran Turismo variant from the lineup.
Based on BMW, throughout a current investor presentation, “no successor mannequin will likely be developed for the present era of the BMW 3-Collection Gran Turismo.” The Bavarians really declare that there was sufficient demand to warrant manufacturing (although I discover that to be a bit optimistic) however they’re attempting to cut back complexity and tighten up the mannequin portfolio a bit. In that discount, the three Collection GT is without doubt one of the vehicles getting the axe as a result of it merely is senseless anymore.
Whereas a high quality automotive in its personal proper, the BMW 3 Collection Gran Turismo makes little sense for purchasers. Certain, we don’t get the three Collection Touring right here within the US, so it type of acts because the wagon model of the 3er lineup however it’s simply not wherever close to nearly as good trying as both the wagon or the sedan. Plus, it’s not as sensible as a correct SUV, irrespective of how laborious salespeople attempt to declare it to be. It additionally wears a beginning value ($45,400) increased than that of the BMW X3 ($43,000 for an equal xDrive mannequin), an precise SUV.
Not solely is it dearer than the X3 to start out however, and I can promise you this, the BMW X3 is nicer to drive, extra sensible, extra snug and even comes with a more moderen design language and a nicer cabin. The X3 is healthier in each single measurable and immeasurable manner, whereas additionally being cheaper to start out. So the three Collection Gran Turismo simply doesn’t make any logical or emotional sense to purchase over both the BMW 3 Collection sedan or the BMW X3. Which is why it deserves the axe it’s about to get.