BMW 3-series GT facelift (2016): it’s the Gran Turismo’s turn for tweaks

Published: 20 November 2015

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► More info on BMW 3-Series

► Mild restyle front and rear
► Bigger changes under the skin
► Changes in line with rest of 3-series range

The BMW 3-series saloon and estate were given a mid-life overhaul earlier in 2015, with fresh engines, altered suspension and the mildest of restyles. You can read our review of the updated 3-series saloon here. Now it’s the turn of the taller-roofed, longer-wheelbase 3-series Gran Turismo to get its own raft of updates.

So what’s new for 2016?

Just like the rest of the updated 3-series range there’s no revolution in the design department. Major changes are limited to fresh bumpers front and rear, and new lights. Like the rest of the 3-series range there’ll be new headlight inners (high-spec regular 3-series get all-LED units – expect the same on the GT). The tail-lights have had an injection of LEDs too.

Likewise, there’ll be minimal meddling with the interior, which will get a more up-to-date multimedia system and a proper sliding cover for the cupholders, rather than a detachable/losable lid.

Surely there’s more to it than that?

Headline change is the cleaner, cleverer 500cc-per-cylinder engine family. In the regular 3-series range that includes a three-pot petrol 318i, although the GT will pick engines more its own size.

Expect similar suspension changes, too. The 3-series saloon has gained altered top mounts, dampers, power steering tuning and a lower ride height, for example.

Question is, can the changes make the most confused member of the BMW 3-series family more desirable?  We’ll find out in 2016.

Read CAR's review of the existing BMW 3-series Gran Turismo here.

By James Taylor

CAR's online editor, automotive design graduate, Radical champ