• Feb 12th 2009 at 10:45PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the BMW 5 Series Gran Touring Concept

It's been several years in the making, but BMW's plan to expand their inroads further into the "lifestyle" market appears ready to finally bear fruit. Looking something like a ground-bound X6 that's missed a few collagen injections, the 5 Series Gran Turismo concept will likely be one of the last Bimmers that Chris Bangle has had a significant hand in designing (for better or worse).

In any case, these first shots of the 5 Series GT have slipped out in advance of the car's planned Geneva Motor Show unveiling, and it looks like it was caught at some sort of an unveiling for what looks to be a select group of invited media (notice the camera and video rigs in plain sight).

We'll leave the judgments up to you and the gimmicky segmentation jargon to BMW ("Progressive Activity Sedan"... really?), but this double-jointed slant-back definitely looks production-ready, with its evolutionary front end (grille borrowed from the 2010 7-Series, headlamps from the Concept CS, rump from the X6, etc.), We would expect the interior textures and colors to be toned down a bit for production, and perhaps the wheels will get an inch smaller or so, but other than that, we expect this on dealer forecourts without necessitating any major changes. Thanks for the tips, everyone!!

[Source: Canalmotor.es via BMWBlog]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I love this machine above all and who the guide
      • 6 Years Ago

      I like it. I wouldn't buy it, but I'd drive it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, if that's not a Volvo, I'm not sure I'm awake yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      oops. meant to copy this link for the brown Accord 5 door. photobucket doesn't seem to be automatically copying links anymore:

      • 6 Years Ago
      @esoterica: no , it isn't first luxurt hatchback, renault velsatis, renault safrane, renault 25 have seen the light years ago. Anyway, ugly car, but i like the backlights.. Old bmw style
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually see nothing wrong with the exterior design of this concept. Its a notchback sedan, a far more useful take on 4-door motoring. I'd much rather drive a notch or wagon over a sedan.

      That interior however is amazingly terrible. Its as if Martha Stewart teamed up with West Coast customs on a suburban "whip."

      And gold? Seriously? I think the BMW design staff has been watching too much Pimp My Ride. What is wrong with a more intellectual and refined color like a deep green or a Baltic blue.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love BMW's sense of humor....a Progressive Activity Sedan!!! LOL!!! Why don't they just call it what it is...a HATCHBACK!!!! Now come on BMW own up to what it is....

      The rear end is odd looking, the hatch is pretty creative....oh wait there is that HATCHback name again!!

      I really don't understand why there needs to be this AND the X6...I would have loved to be in the meeting at BMW where they green-lighted this AND the X6 for production.....TOO MANY PRODUCTS DILUTE THE BRAND!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lopping off the useful (square) part of a 5-Series wagon's roofline may be a pointless design exercise, but it's far less pointless than the X6. To wit: this won't weigh over two tons, its center of gravity isn't stratospheric, it won't have to rely on techno-trickery to handle well, and being a 5-Series, it'll probably offer a manual transmission.

      Moreover, I think a lot of you are missing the fact that this is smaller than a Dodge Magnum. Scale has a major impact on the effectiveness of a design's proportions. That said, I'll still take a 3-Series wagon, thanks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The most beautiful car to me is the 740, but beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyota Venza needed a competitor?

      In this case GT must stand for GroTesque.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd be pissed if it wasnt for Limp Bizkit reuinting
        • 6 Years Ago
        Isn't that a reason to be angrier?
      • 6 Years Ago
      No, thank you.
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