Series GT: qualities combined from
several types of cars.
| B. Aboul-Nasr,
6 June 09.
True to its reputation as an
innovative luxury cars maker, BMW is coming up
with a truly new formula, blending in the all-new
5 Series Gran Turismo an intriguing combination of
qualities previously known not in one, but in
several types of cars.
First, like large four-door
luxury sedans, the 5 Series Gran Turismo (GT,
known also as the Grand Tourisme category) has a
clear partition between the
passenger and luggage compartments which can be
accessed by opening only the lower section of the
two-piece tailgate, beneath the rear window.
tailgate: 4-door sedan, 5-door SAV...
Precisely, this subtle two-piece
tailgate can also be opened from the top (the rear
window coming up with it this time), providing a
larger and more functional lid, like on a
hatchback or a crossover SUV.
the polyvalence of the 5 Series GT is far
from limited to its two-piece
The seats are
higher than in a regular sedan, but not as high as
in a typical crossover SUV.
The roof, also
higher than on a sedan, drops gradually and more
sharply towards the rear, like in a 2-door coupe,
although it's still a large four-door body, not a
Even the new 5
Series Gran Turismo designation
does not reflect the true dimensional
position which actually put the new
model, not in the normal E
segment (known also as large, upper midrange or
Executive category) of the 5 Series family, but within
the next category up, in the F segment category of
the 7 Series family, since the Gran Turismo's body
is practically five meters long, with a wheelbase
of 3.07 metres (same as the regular 7 Series
wheelbase), compared to the 5 Series sedan's
length of 4.84-metre, and its wheelbase of 2.89m.
Of course, beyond measurements
and dimensions, a typical luxury cars maker would
not dilute the image of its flagship 7 Series
sedan (positioned only under the Rolls Royce
models) by giving its magical number "7"
to an SAV (for Sports Activity Vehicle), no matter
how luxurious this SAV can be, especially when the
latter has to offer later an AWD version, besides
the classical rear-wheel drive of the most typical
Hence, the combination of all
these facets in one model with a clear brand
identity can reasonably legitimate BMW's own
designation of this new concept as a
reinterpretation of the classic Gran Turismo
definition (for travelling long distances in the
best luxury and comfort a car can offer), in a
practical and more muscular packaging called SAV.
On the market level, the 5
Series Gran Turismo (built at the Dingolfing
plant, like the BMW 7, 6 and 5 Series)
should reach the showrooms in the last quarter of
this year, as a 2010 model year, fitting at the
top of the 5 Series model, with prices expected to
start from around 55 thousand euros for the 530d
GT, to around 75 thousand euros for the 550i GT.
Early estimations see the Gran
Turismo model representing 10 to 15 percent of all
5 Series sales, and if all goes fine, who would be
surprised if a full line of SAVs follows later for
the smaller model series of the brand, next to the
Xs, sedans, breaks, coupes and cabriolets lines?
Let's find out now in the
following pages, what this new BMW 5 Series Gran
Turismo is about.