• Apr 9th 2010 at 3:32PM
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BMW 535i Gran Turismo – Click above for high-res image gallery

Depending on who you ask, BMW is either at the forefront of an exciting new automotive genre with the 5 Series Gran Turismo, or is inventing market segments with no real purpose other than to grab several thousand new sales from those who simply must be seen in the latest trendy niche. In other words, the 5 Series GT is nothing if not polarizing.

For now, it seems that you can put such luxury brands Lexus and Infiniti in the latter camp, though fellow upmarket Japanese automaker Acura is headed down a similar path as its German counterpart with the new ZDX – at least with regard to the X6. Speaking to Auto Observer at the New York Auto Show, Ben Poore, Nissan North America's vice president of the Infiniti business unit, said, "What [we are] seeing is a much stronger preference (among consumers) for a trunk."

Granted, some may see little difference between such vehicles as the 5 Series GT and Infiniti's own EX and FX crossovers, but Poore suggests the machines aren't direct competitors. "I'd rather be on (either) the crossover styling or the trunk styling," he said. Dave Nordstrom, Lexus' vice president of marketing, concurs, saying, "We don't have any plans for it right now. We have not seen the demand from our customers – but we continue to look at it."

As for us? Well, you can read all about our initial impressions of the 5 Series GT by looking back at our First Drive. Suffice it to say, our own office is split on the effectiveness of this new giant hatchback trend just like everyone else.

[Source: Auto Observer]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Please... dont encourage this monstrosity by trying to compete with it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except, Acura already did with their upgraded Honda Crosstour.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Idiot, Acura ZDX goes against BMW X6.

        • 5 Years Ago
        No, there isn't any styling confusion. He's just stpid because the ZDX and Crosstour look nothing alike.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing should have been killed when it was a sketch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Infiniti's own EX and FX crossovers,"

      Until I read this line in this post, I had no idea Inifniti made 2 different crossovers. The few EXs I have seen on the road I just assumed were older models of FX..
      • 5 Years Ago
      5-GT is an error.

      It is not a big-car format. A 5-door sport sedan shouldn't be bigger than 5-series, but smaller.

      If this had been a sleeker, less bulky car, scaled down from 5-series, and lighter, not nearly FIVE FRICKIN THOUSAND POUNDS... Between 3-series and 5-series size, and about 3-series trim and pricing... it might be understandable.

      More like the Audi A5 Sportback.

      If someone wants such a big car, why not have a more dignified sedan capable of seating 5, and more traditional looking.

      The sleek sporty roofline looks befit a smaller, sportier, more lithe car.

      I wish some of these companies would get the point.
      MP Crosson
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks like the ungainly X6 on steroids. The proportions are bulbous. It doesn't have anywhere near the finesse of the Gran Coupe (which contrarily enough, is a sedan). If you filled this car with helium and tied a gondola underneath, you'd have a very fancy hot air balloon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      use a lot of fire in killing it.

      what an cancerous abomination. looks like an orthopedic shoe.

      don't dignify this cyncial insult with competitors.

      It fully deserves to die as it lived-- alone, unrecognized, and utterly alienated.

      oh, and just agree to bring the new 5 wagon over, alright?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not to play the "looks like" game, but I'll be danged if that front snout profile doesn't look like the new Mitsu SUV.

      ...and yes, please don't encourage this trend to continue. The audi sportback was pulled off much better; doesn't look at bloated as the BMW above:

      • 5 Years Ago
      Unless it's made by Saab, Citroen or Renault, big hatchback luxo sedans make no sense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Incorrect title.
      Corrected version: "Lexus, Infiniti reportedly not interested in taking on BMW's 5 Series Gran Turismo. On a side note, nor are BMW customers."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think it's particularly ugly but you have to wonder what the logic is behind making a car look like a wagon, and then offering none of the cargo advantages a wagon has.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone remember the Lexus IS SportCross?

      I guess Lexus is choosing to forget as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What!? Trunks are so...every other past year.
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