BMW says the new, standard-fitted LED headlights for dipped and high beam and the LED front foglamps lend the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo a more sporting appearance.

BMW says the new, standard-fitted LED headlights for dipped and high beam and the LED front foglamps lend the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo a more sporting appearance.

BMW says it is preparing to launch the latest BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo in time for the start of sales in the summer and has added new engines.

BMW claims the new version of the Gran Turismo "cuts a visibly sportier figure", and that the engines burn "up to 14% less fuel". There are now three petrol and five diesel engines in the range and all engines are turbocharged.

The range consists of three all-new petrol units developing 135 kW/184 hp to 240 kW/326 hp and five diesel variants producing 110 kW/150 hp to 230 kW/313 hp – with classical rear-wheel drive or BMW xDrive all-wheel drive, with manual or Steptronic automatic transmission (fuel consumption combined: 7.7–4.3 l/100 km [36.7– 65.7 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 175–112 g/km). All the four- and six-cylinder petrol engines and four-cylinder diesels are taken from the newly developed, modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine family and come with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.

The arrival of the updated BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo sees the new petrol engines slotting into this model's line-up as well. The BMW 325d Gran Turismo is a new variant. The other four-cylinder diesels have been available to customers since the launch of the new engine generation in summer 2015.

BMW says the reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions range from 4.5% in the BMW 318d Gran Turismo to 13.8% for the BMW 320d Gran Turismo. There are also further improved manual and automatic transmissions, an Auto Start Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and on-demand operation of ancillary units.

All variants of the 3 Series GT were originally rear-wheel drive but xDrive versions of the 320d, 320i, 328i and 335i were added for relevant markets a few months after the car first went on sale.

The next 3 Series GT (project code: G24) is due to use BMW Group's 35UP architecture.