• May 12, 2009
A couple of near production-ready 5-Series GTs have been caught on BMW's home turf, and to our eyes they don't hurt the car, but they don't make a case for it either. The last time we were in this situation -- hoping a car's production version would be a huge improvement over it's pre-production form -- was with the Porsche Panamera, and we know how that ended. While we're certain this Progressive Activity Sedan has some purpose, we wonder where are all of these potential buyers are who supposedly demand a little more cargo room than a 5 Series sedan, a little less than a wagon, and one less seat. Check out more photos by clicking the image above.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's awesome. And practical.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW's still using those old blocky mirrors, I see. Probably only to make the M mirrors seem special...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually its because of EU legislation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Everybody's mirrors are getting bigger by the model year.

        Subaru, Audi, Porsche, and many others have changed their side mirror design to be much taller.

        I am sure that is fantastic for drag coefficient and aerodynamics.

        The industry, and the government regulations on it all seem to be saying...
        "Let's make cars bigger, heavier, bulkier, and taller, for all sorts of "safety" reasons. Lets make the hoods higher for pedestrian impacts, and the side mirrors bigger. Lets make the roofs heavier for roll-over, and giant padded bumpers. Child restraints that it takes a PhD-level contortionist to install, and
        don't forget 347 air-bags with more sensors than the Apollo space capsule had, and everything else.... Oh, now despite all the weight, frontal area, and complexity of the vehicle, let's make them get twice the gas mileage of the previous smaller, more efficient version of the cars too!"

        And then they wonder why it doesn't happen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      U-G-L-Y!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, this is BMW without Bangle. Not sure which is worse........
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was under the impression that the rear bucket seats were only an option, and you could still get a bench style back seat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      a Toyota Prius with a BMW face.

      First came the current line of uninspired inspired interior designs, then the X6, and now this. "Ultimate Driving Machine" no more. No wonder Audi sales are up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not going to lie, the X6 looks pretty badass in person. Granted, it drives like a Ford F150, but for what it is (an image vehicle), the thing looks damn good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        indeed, the x6 is very well weighted visually in person. It's hard to go off on the 5 series GT when audi's working on the same sort of thing. Oh well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 5-series liftback will only be sold in Europe - at least initially - where E-segment hatchbacks haven't been anything unusual over the years.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WTF is that?! bmw has gone down the Sh*tter...call it what it is ---> A station wagon

      and if I see an M of this ....the M5 GT laff
        • 5 Years Ago
        "A station wagon is more useful. Besides, the 5 station wagon looks pretty sweet."

        BMW doesn't sell cars like the x6 or this to be useful, they rightly (as I'm slowly coming to terms with, lol) sell them because it can entice a few buyers here and there. Kind of a shot gun approach, 5 series, 5 series GT, 5 series wagon, there, hopefully all potential buyers in the medium size class of cars have been successfully netted. :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hatchbacks and wagons rule. Europeans have realized it, and now the trend is shifting here. I like this BMW, which is hard for me to say.

        Stationwagons may seem like they're always more useful, but I have a wagon and a hatch. The opening on my 1997 900 S is bigger, makes putting stuff in and taking it out easier. Plus, with a non-independent suspension, the floor of the cargo area is lower so I can fit almost as much stuff, but taller things better. The 9-3 SportCombi does have a nice rectangular space and is longer so that helps with putting my road bicycle in.
        • 5 Years Ago
        " ---> "

        You can press and hold the "Alt" key while typing in "26" on the numpad and then release the "Alt" key to obtain this symbol:" → "

        OR, for this symbol " ► " you can press and hold "Alt" while typing in "16" using only the keyboard's numpad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A station wagon is more useful. Besides, the 5 station wagon looks pretty sweet.

        This is just some $port hatch. Kindof reminds me of the 3 series coup monstrosity from the early 90s.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, UH2L!

        I never liked anything at all about hatchbacks, until I took a chance and bought one. After that revelation of how useful and stylish they can be, I became a convert.

        I'm on my second consecutive hatchback now, and I don't think I'd go for any other body style in future purchases. I actually think this car is quite handsome... though I'm especially looking forward to how they pull this off in the new 9-5.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This car is not a station wagon, or it wouldn't exist! There already IS a 5-wagon, and I personally wouldn't buy one.
        I actually think the concept for the vehicle is nice, and I actually think these spy photos look great. (Although honestly I'm more interested in the front end because in the US I could really only drive the 5-sedan with a straight face.)

        However, I keep asking myself -- even if this is sold only in Europe, are there really that many picky buyers who wanted more versatility than the sedan, but think the wagon is too ungainly, and the X5/X6 too high off the ground?

        This is an even harder case to make for the 3-series GT that is supposed to debut at Frankfurt. Are there really that many people for who can't choose between an X1, X3, 3-series sedan, and 3-series wagon that you need a 3 GT on the market? They can't be expecting extremely high sales figures...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Jasams - think Renault 30, Lancia Gamma (sans full liftback) and Citroen XM. That's all this car is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they ship the final version of this thing with the camouflage intact.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda Insight rear end?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its a modern Kamm tail and I think it looks better than a plain hatchback (a version thats common in Europe for almost all cars these days)After all Wunibald Kamm was German and BMW made one the first Kamm tailed cars way back in 1930s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is the gt -less car ive seen. i think its just to sound cool.. "ive got a 5-series gt"
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's no X6. It's a straightforward 5-series liftback. The modern day equivalent of the Renault 30.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is good (I tell myself). They screw up the company enough to where they revert to their old ways...

      How can one of my favorite companies be one of my least???
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