• Dec 31, 2008
Call it V5, 5-Series GT, 5-Series Fastback, Progressive Activity Sedan... call it what you will. Whatever moniker you give it, BMW has evidently crossed the Rubicon and there's no turning back. As expected based upon BMW's previously leaked roster of 2009 reveals, the 5-Series -based hatchback has been approved. Called "one of the bravest designs ever signed off by BMW," it is BMW's take on everything-all-the-time: a flexible, luxury GT.
Although it is being referred to as a 5-Series family member, the car is actually expected to arrive on the same platform as the 7 Series. As such, the PAS is coming off as the ultimate tweener car: longer than a 5-Series sedan, yet shorter than a 7-Series; taller than a 5-Series, yet shorter than an X6. Cost is expected to straddle the gap, too: it should cost more than a 5 Series but less than a 7-Series. One description offered was "more of a 'tall 7-Series hatchback than a low-rise X6."

At the very front, the PAS is said to take cues from the CS Concept. That nose treatment flows into a sedan-like lower body topped by an X6 greenhouse, rear hatch, and rear end treatment. Interior design cues will come from the new Z4, and a roomy, semi-raised cabin is promised. Possible engines for the car in Europe include the 3.0-liter turbo diesel, while a 3.0-liter gas could would come to the States.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW keeps leaving me speechless, and not in a good way. This jaw drop is painful, not pleasant.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I know. I continue to shake my head.

        What kind of German thinking is THIS?
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW = Bloated Motor Works = GMC of Germany
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am I am somehow sure that BMW knows what they are doing better than anybody on autoblog, so why do you keep bashing them every time? You didn't bash Benz for R-class even though it was completely unnecessary. BMW needs to fill in that niche with a car and they produced it. You've never seen even a render of the car, its performance or its size. Why are you arguing against it already?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This will just prove that if you put a Roundel on anything someone will buy it. Guess it can't be worse than an X6 Xdrive 35xi ///M...Yes being sarcastic with the new BMW nomenclature.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just talked about cars that I actually had experience with. I just said that "on paper" 7-series looks better as far as numbers go. I am not into big luxury cars anyways.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take a pass on the PAS. I'm not opposed to innovation, but what's the deal with this apparent need to eek out a new niche?

      "Uh, I beg your pardon: It's not a CUV or a SUV...it's a PAS."
      "Well, excuuuuuuuse me!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dont care about anything else from BMW.



      Just show me the New M5
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ultimate Crapping Machine
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sooo the Griswalds in National Lampoons used to own a Progressive Activity Sedan too!!! Because that was a wagon and so is thsi.

      • 6 Years Ago
      wow I must be the only person here who likes this?
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, not really. On the whole, I like what BMW has in their lineup. Many of their coupes and sedans are truly brilliant. It just seems as though they've lost their way in the past few years as they've branched out into the SUVs and whatnot. The X5 was okay I guess. Then there was the X3 which looks and feels like an expensive Ford Escape. Then the Azte...I mean X6. And now this...thing. See a pattern? If there's any progress, it's going in full reverse IMO.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nope.

        I like the idea of it, too. It's popular to hate BMW, don'tchaknow?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Michael, so it's in vogue to hate BMW? Is that why the Mercedes R class (similar design) didn't sell?

        How about it's just because people don't like it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This, much like the BMW X6, is a college textbook case of sane people not speaking up in product development meetings.

      Sometime in 2006...

      "So, marketing has determined that we could sell anything we wanted, as long as it has a BMW badge on it. Hans, you look tired."

      "I snorted way too much cocaine at Das Klub last night, and when I passed out in the urinal, I had this dream where I was in an oven with an X5. For some reason, a giant crack rock fell from the sky, smashed the back end in, and the rest of it melted."

      "BRILLIANT! We'll call it the X6, have it weigh more, seat less, and be MORE expensive than the X5!"

      Sometime in 2007...

      "Chris Bangle! There's been a horrible accident at the test track! A 5-Series, Z4, X5, 7-Series, and a random Saab 9-5 hatch all crashed together, there was a huge explosion, they all fused together, and all 5 drivers suffered a horrifying and painful deaths!"

      "Is the wreck still out there!"

      "Yes."

      "Go sketch it, then WE WILL BUILD IT AS A NEW MODEL."

      *sigh*
      • 6 Years Ago
      From the physical description, it sounds like the bastard child. Who's at the wheel of BMW design these days?
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