• Mar 19th 2009 at 12:27PM
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Click above for a high-res gallery of the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

As expected, BMW is obviously pretty far along with the production version of the 5 Series Gran Turismo concept that debuted earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show. While show-car details like the thin metal blades connecting the side mirrors from the concept have been replaced with more conventional bits, the general shape of the new GT has been left almost exactly intact. The same can't be said about the interior, which seems to have lost its artful air in exchange for BMW's typically Germanic sobriety.

We'll reserve final judgment for when the production version makes its official debut, likely at an undetermined auto show later this year. Click past the break to see the production BMW 5 Series GT on a video capture of BMW TV, along with the car's German-speaking project leader, Hans-Jurgen Branz. Thanks for the tip, Bryan!

[Source: Bimmer Blog via Youtube via CarSpyShots]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Love it. Even though the design isn't the sexiest you can't deny the utility of the hatch / trunk and folding seats - all the while adorned in classic BMW fit and finish. It's a smart direction for them. Just look at the sales of the 5-door Mazda's, Toyota's, and Subaru's ...

      My last 2 vehicles have had trunks, I've been looking for a car with more luxury appointments than my WRX. This fits the bill.

      Just because it doesn't fit into preconceived notions of what a BMW should be doesn't make it any less valid.

      • 6 Years Ago
      "Why are you such a schmuck?"

      More name-calling from Epyx? Surely not!

      "I am not 'out of my tree' over this car. I simply don't like how it looks. It is very similar to the old AMC Eagle, only lower. Never cared for the looks of that car either."

      Then stop droning on like an old record. Europeans will be the ones privy to the new model and to them it'll bring back memories of the likes of Lancia's old Gamma and especially the Renault 30 which advertised its sporting character. You don't like it, you've made your point.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd sell my BMW stock now and invest in Audi for long term profitability.
      • 6 Years Ago
      please someone make it stop...oh god my eyes burn
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is this? The Aztek/AMC Eagle version 2.0?

      BMW sold 250 X6's last month, very sad. How many will this sell? Like 10?

      Not as good looking and poorer handling than a 5-Series sedan and more useless than an X5.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's akin to a modern-day Renault 30. I love it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The look actually works better on this horrible Malibu than it does on the sublime BMW 5 series." - Epyx

      And the Opel Signum looked better than the Malibu Maxx. But you don't need to get out of your tree over it; the 5-series hatch will only be offered in Europe, at least initially.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why are you such a schmuck?

        I am not "out of my tree" over this car.

        I know the Malibu is based on the Opel, I know it was conceived in Germany. I was making no comparison other than I think the 5 door look works better on the Malibu, a very ugly sedan, than it does on a 5 series, a very nice looking sedan.

        I know this isn't coming to the US.

        I simply don't like how it looks. It is very similar to the old AMC Eagle, only lower. Never cared for the looks of that car either.

        Fine if you like it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG! Bloke AND ARTANDCOLOR!!!! YAY! LMAO OMG We were talking about you guys in a thread and found this! Really cool!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good to see you!

        And tell Nd4Spd that he'll never see this car so he DOES need to understand where this car is pitched at in the countries in which it will be sold.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For some reason, I like this SO much better than the X6.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This = BMW X6 sales failure version 2.0.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's slated only for Europe at this juncture, so it's likely to sell better than any crossover or SUV, including the X6.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How many variations of ugly can BMW do? Apparently, more than I thought. It is obvious that someone is still using Bangle's pencil to design the cars there.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it seems to have a shortened wheelbase than the concept. the rear doors now have a dividing bar with a fixed quarterwindow pane. perhaps in an effort to distance it from the larger X6?

      I Am Rich: Bangle only left the company about 2 weeks ago. of course his 'pencil' is all over it. this car was probably designed last year, or the year before. we won't be seeing anything 'new' and unBangled from BMW for 2-3 years at least, although they might be able to pop out a concept next year or the year after.
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