• Sep 21st 2007 at 3:04PM
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Winding Road has photos of what they say is BMW's new V-Series crossover. Expected to be built on the 5-series platform, the V-Sseries is rumored to be BMW's attempt to give buyers more interior space than the new X6, but more comfort and sportiness than the X5.
Engine choices should be similar to the 5-Series, with a 3.0L I-6 on the low end and, possibly, the 500i's 420 HP V8 on the top of the line V-Series. In between those two extremes could easily slot another I-6 and even one of BMW's diesel powerplants. All-wheel drive is another rumored option.

Chances the V will come here may well depend on U.S. reaction to the X6, which shares some lines and characteristics with the V. But if anyone has the ability to sell a minivan-like crossover here, it's BMW.

Check out Winding Road for more spy shots of this highly-disguised, baby-hauling BMW.

[Source: Winding Road]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Why? BMW wagons are sick - the SUVs are what they are (not my style but definitely have some functionality) - this is... well... this is something alright.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I feel this begs the question, is another crossover really necessary?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man... BMW's line up is becoming more and more crowded... ridiculous... Im waiting for the BMW minivan and the truck.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll wait until the cladding comes off, I didn't like the X6 in disguise either so I can't judge looks yet but still what's the purpose of this 'car'? What's next a BMW dump truck? Its a dump truck, but its also fun to drive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope this is just the replacement for the X5.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't get it..so it's a 5 series hatchback wagon? why not just by the 5 series wagon, which I find to be a very attractive car. I'm still out to jury on the point of them..but I'm still out to jury on the point of this too...people barely by hatchback wagon's from Saab what makes you think they want one from BMW albeit at a 20k price increase over a Saab no doubt?????????
        • 8 Years Ago

        It's a BMW Outback.

        How do you say "Outback" in German?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks BMW is insane with this "crossover" business?

      Maybe so.

      But it just seems to me that they are trying to re-invent the AMC Eagle, even when Subaru, known for AWD tall cars has cancelled their Outback sedan version, because it barely sold any of them.

      Now BMW is coming out with all sorts of new X vehicles, and another new V-series.

      The R-class Mercedes seemed like an interesting idea, but it just ended up being weird.

      BMW used to be the master of the Sport Sedan game, and maybe some consider them to still be on top. But it seems like they are going more toward being a jack of all trades, rather than the master of one.

      Plus, "crossovers" seem like a gimmicky thing to me. They are minivans without sliding doors, and without the "mommy-driver" look. The thing is, minivans have never been an ultra-premium market. Pushing crossovers up to and past 50k... seems kinda pointless.

      There is a reason that there traditionally haven't been ultra expensive people and cargo haulers, because most people who have the disposable income don't have a big group of kids to haul around, and those that do have the kids, don't have the kind of money to be buying expensive bling in their vehicles.

      Secondly, those vehicles usually get worn quickly due to their use (lots of people tend to cause lots of wear), and either lived with a well-used vehicle, or replaced it a bit more frequently than other cars. Replacing expensive cars as they get worn out in more ways tends to be a more difficult proposition.

      And if you don't haul around a lot of people and cargo, and don't wear on your vehicle as fast or as much... and want to buy a BMW, or other more expensive vehicle, usually it is a CAR!

      You can add performance to a big vehicle like this proposed V-series, but, you are still driving a big heavy vehicle, with a big thirstier engine to get that performance. Don't buy one and then complain that it isn't "green" enough, which is another gimmick of craziness that has supplanted simple common sense and responsibility.

      I wonder how many of these big BMW crossovers with 500hp V8s, and all will be purchased on 6- or 7-year loans (by the time this gets built, that will probably be the loan term required to buy such an expensive car)
      by people who should be buying cars that they can afford... Considering the debt and overspending issues that seem to be affecting more and more people, as well.

      I am not saying that car companies shouldn't build things, and that consumers shouldn't buy what they want. I just wonder about the practicality of such a vehicle, and what kind of market is demanding this, and if that market will sustain a product like this.
        • 8 Years Ago
        This post is right on target.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Honest to Goodness!

      The guys that designed the AMC Eagle must be kicking themselves!

      And if not having cashed in on the market they created wasn't enough, they're about be hit with the Bangle stick!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, a BMW dealership is going to grow to GM dealership like sizes.
      Chris Singh
      • 8 Years Ago
      cadillac called they're filing a law suit :)
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