If there's one vehicle in BMW's history that has to wear the badge of worst idea ever, or, "Ugliest BMW, ever" it easily can be awarded to the 5-Series GT.
It was a vehicle so ugly that even sleuths said: "Wow, that's bad."
One would think that BMW would take its sales figures, which were really poor towards the end, and say "Yeah, this was a bad idea, let's pretend it didn't happen."
But no, BMW has doubled down on a bad bet and is working its way towards a 3-Series GT as can be seen in the spy shots. At first we thought, let's give it a fair shot as there's some heavy camouflage that could be distorting things.
Well, now the heavy cladding is off. An in all honesty, they probably should have kept it ON.
So, I've got to ask: Is BMW's upcoming 3-Series GT going to sell like hotcakes or should it be relegated to a cage in a dark, cold basement?
BMW maintains that the sometimes maligned 5-Series GT is a good seller despite the public perception, so much so that a scaled down 3-Series iteration has been under development for some time. Now it seems the development of this car is nearing the point of public release and so BMW has dropped the typical body cladding and now only covers the car up in a minimal amount of camouflage tape.
While the general shape of this car has been known to follow the 5-Series GT lines, what has not been known until now are the details. First and foremost, this car should not be confused with the upcoming 4-Series Gran Coupe. The 4-Series GC will be a 'four door coupe' in a similar fashion to the 6-Series Gran Coupe, while this car takes a decidedly more utilitarian take on the concept of a cross-over vehicle with a taller roof and larger trunk. It is as the marketing folks remind us, a car designed for the person who wants a 3-series sized vehicle, needs the utility of wagon but doesn't actually want to own a wagon...