• Aug 29th 2007 at 7:30PM
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The German auto manufacturers seem hell bent on building a vehicle for every possible niche, and even willing to create a few niches of their own to introduce new products for new segments. The latest rumor has BMW building a new MPV-like people mover that is essentially a premium tall wagon, similar to the Mercedes R-Class. We had pics of a mule for what we were calling the V-Series a couple of weeks ago, but here's a rendering by that's said to preview the look of the finished product.

BMW is actually rumored to be working on two new models based on the 3- and 5-series platforms. These new models will introduce a new "F" moniker into the BMW lexicon and be called the F3 and F5. They will join a BMW lineup that's currently swelling with upcoming new models that have yet to arrive.

[Source: MotorAuthority]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I have no problem with BMW making a minivan. It will probably be the most fun to drive minivan out of them all, and if I were in the market for a minivan, I would love being able to have a BMW as an option.

      I have no problem with Porsche making an SUV either. It doesn't mean *I* have to buy one!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the overall concept. I have a 3er Touring and it can be tight sometimes with 5 people + luggage. The 5er is not that much roomier. I don't do any offroading or towing so am not interested in a 4x4 like the X5. (At least the current X5 is roomier than the 5er, unlike the first gen.)
      So this would interest me - more space than a 5er touring, handling / mpg / ride presumably wouldn't be diminished by the off road pretensions like the x3/x5. But I like the R-class too.
      The pic looks good to me except the big open-mouth grille. That's kind of strange.
      • 8 Years Ago
      BMW! What the F?!! Why????
      • 8 Years Ago
      lol i had to laugh when i saw the pic
      • 8 Years Ago
      So BMW is going to build a minivan. Wow. You know, this brand used to be good. Sigh...
      • 8 Years Ago
      It will be a sad day when the F3/F5 comes out... why not just lower/tweak the X5/X3 and make it into more of a crossover? SUVs are starting to go out of style anyway.

      If the F5/F3 is inevitable, it better not look anything like the 'photoshop rendering' like above.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Even just a decade ago the uninformed would say:

      I'm getting the little beemer (three series)
      The Convertible (three series or Z3)
      The mid sized one (five series)
      Or the big beemer (Seven)
        • 8 Years Ago
        Oh man, I sure hope you meant to say BIMMER because BEEMERs are their MOTOR CYCLES.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was unware of these "F" cars I do know for a fact that a larger than X5 vehicle is being developed. I assumed it would be called the X7. Why BMW would build an R-Class competitor is beyond as M-B has repeatedly cut production because of sales. Interesting though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. That's ridiculous. I thought Merc's R Class was bad enough, and then BMW had to go and top them.

      That said, I'm quite sure it will be the best-handling, most capable wagon-ute-van-thing in its class. For what that's worth, of course.

      Does anyone else miss when BMWs came in just three flavors with a little extra spice here and there?
      • 8 Years Ago
      You can't be all things to all people
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