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BMW to cancel 3 Series GT?by Ronan Glon
The 4 Series Gran Coupe will live on, though.
Sources within BMW have allegedly confirmed what everyone suspected: the controversial 3 Series Gran Turismo will retire without a direct successor. The 4 Series Gran Coupe will survive, however.
Citing anonymous insiders, enthusiast website BMW Blog reports production of the 3 Series GT (pictured) will end in July of 2020. It won't get a replacement because it's not popular enough in key markets like Europe, North America, and Asia. Its design remains controversial and it's largely overshadowed by the standard 3 Series sedan, the 3 Series station wagon, and the 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Speaking of the 4 Series, the model is popular enough to merit a replacement and the second-generation model is already in the works. It will again share many of its mechanical components with the 3 Series while offering a sportier design. The spacious hatchback configuration and the frame-less doors will both return to help it compete against the newest Audi A5 Sportback.
BMW Blog adds production of the current-generation 4 Series Gran Coupe is scheduled to end in 2020. Its replacement won't arrive until 2021 at the earliest, meaning BMW will have a gap in its line-up for about a year. The Munich-based brand hasn't commented on the rumor so we'll have to wait to find out what the future holds for its 3 and 4 Series off-shoots.