• Feb 17th 2009 at 2:59PM
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Click above for high-res gallery of BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo design sketches

No, we can't answer for you what BMW is thinking when it introduces vehicles like this that defy classification. The X6 did it and now the Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo will do it again at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Dubbed the Progressive Activity Sedan during its development, the Concept 5 Series GT is part sedan and wagon, part luxury car and crossover, part BMW and an answer to a question no one asked. Answering unasked questions is BMW's thing these days, so perhaps these design sketches will shed light on what the Concept 5 Series GT is actually supposed to be. We've analyzed each one carefully, and we're still not sure what purpose such a big vehicle that only seats four people could serve. Needless to say, those four people will probably enjoy their time in BMW's latest segment-bending model. Click on over to carbodydesign to read their much more expert opinion of the vehicle's design. Judging by their lengthy analysis, there actually was some thought put into it.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Could it be that carmakers are realizing that people like "taller" vehicles. I know for myself, unless I am in an MX5 or Z4 type of vehicle I hope to never sit on the floor of a car again. Compaired to more upright seating it is just darn uncomfortable. Are automakers catching on and giving us a different type of vehicle which they will sell alongside the more conventional 'seat on the floor' type of car? Just a thought.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is there to figure out? It is a 4-door hatch - a body-style that is as common as dirt in Europe. Less common among luxury brands but that explains, BMW adding AWD, 4-passenger seating and a trick hatch to the genre. I am puzzled that they plan to have this side by side with the X6, which is pretty much the exact same idea, with a more butched-up execution. Is BMW going the Toyota route and throwing two vehicles at every niche segment?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah I agree with you. I am not a fan of the that silly X-thing and to send two fo them out just makes no sense. I could see it if that thing was a huge seller, however, I've only seen one on the streets.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG. It's a 52 Oldsmobile bullnose....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Deja vu? Haven't I read this before on here?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here's what gets me. Im a designer myself and i don't get it. I feel like BMW put this together with out innovation and as just a styling exercise (if you view it like that it can make sense). The sketches are hot however the car just looks like a bloated 5 series. The proportions are awkward and awkward isn't good in this case. Hopefully its the interior that is the main focus for this car and what we are looking at is just a filler shell
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this much more than the X6, as I think it fits the mold of a luxury hatchback much better. Hopefully the segment will blossom in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I actually laughed out loud reading this post:

      "Click on over to carbodydesign to read their much more expert opinion of the vehicle's design. Judging by their lengthy analysis, there actually was some thought put into it."

      HAHAHA Carbodydesign has absolutely no individual opinion about ANYTHING. All they do is re-post press releases directly from the manufacturer. They have Absolutely no subjective stance.

      From the 'Official BMW press release' (sound familiar?)
      Exterior design:
      • The BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo combines the Gran Turismo with four doors and all the quality of a Sedan, and the versatility of a Sports Activity Vehicle. BMW proportions are borne out by the long hood, the long wheelbase, the coupe-like roofline, and the greenhouse moved rearward.

      • The dynamic character of the car’s front-end is accentuated by the large BMW kidney grille positioned low down and standing upright, as well as the large air intake.The dual round headlights give the front end of the car a particularly modern look. The corona rings come for the first time in LED technology.

      • From the side, the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo clearly visualizes its innovative character, the waistline and the coupe-like roofline accentuate the look of the car and the length of the body. Following the example of a coupe, the BMW Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo comes with four doors and frameless windows. The aluminum surrounds on the side windows are milled out of one solid unit and holding the elegantly designed exterior mirrors as yet another important design feature. Yet a further element on the side is the exciting re-interpretation of the famous “Hofmeister kink” typical of BMW at the rear end of the window.

      • Horizontal lines at the rear emphasize the width and sporting character of the car, accentuated by the waistline extending from the side into the rear panel, a three-dimensional chrome bar and the flared wheel arches. The outer rooflines merge into the spoiler and encompass the rear in its fastback design. The L-shaped rear light clusters come with horizontal rows of lights extending far round into the side of the car.

      You can find the same bullet points about the interior in the BMW-issued press release. Any monkey with a keyboard can do that - IT'S A CUT AND PASTE JOB!

      Common guys - did you not read the press release for yourselves??

      Expert opinion.......hahaahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      1987 Saab 9000/Turbo - was it ahead of its time or will this vehicle go to pasture as well. If I remember correctly, the 9000 was about the largest imported car (short of a RR/Bentley) at the time, and with it's little 4 cylinder turbo actually went 0 to 60 in 7.3 seconds, had seats and a cabin that wrapped around the driver and was a blast to drive for its time, size and weight.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a "luxury" hatch. Why is it that so hard to see?
      I like it and I also like the X6.. looks much better in real life, though it needs more head room in the back.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know about this car but I like the X6. That puts me in the minority but after seeing one live, it doesn't seem as un-appealing as the bashes are making it out to be.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Funny. I didn't dislike it...until I saw it.

        No accounting for taste, I guess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "...an answer to a question that no one asked."

      Truer words have never been spoken. This thing is insane - and not in a good way.

      The X6 makes sense, despite the rabid hate that many have for it; BMW can give it as many fancy acronyms as they want, but it's recognizable as an SUV. This thing is utter nonsense. It's like they took the Panamera, gave it the ground clearance of an Audi All-Road, and gave it a BMW bodykit. If I, as head of design, had seen the sketches of this, it never would've been sent to the clay sculptors, much less finished and photographed for the world to see. You know you have a problem when the M5 Touring starts looking polished and (dare I say it) sensible...

      "Progressive Activity Sedan" my foot; if they're going for catchy acronyms, BMW already had a Phenomenally Awesome Sedan in the Concept CS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i was actually just looking at the clay models the designers are working on and realized that it looks nothing like the GT. Does anyone see in pic 22 that clay model car they have in the background, i wonder if that's the back end of the new 5 series.
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