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BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo
Classic GT substance in contemporary SAV flavour
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BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo: static front view.

5 Series GT: qualities combined from several types of cars.

 B. Aboul-Nasr, 6 June 09.

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Dimensions - Specifications

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.

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo: static rear view with two-piece tailgate inserts.

Two-piece tailgate: 4-door sedan, 5-door SAV... or both!

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.

Still, the polyvalence of the 5 Series GT is far from limited to its two-piece tailgate.

The seats are higher than in a regular sedan, but not as high as in a typical crossover SUV.

 Main

 2-piece tailgate

 Active Cruise Control

 Adaptive Brake Lights

 Adaptive Drive - ICM

 Adaptive Headlights

 Black Panel

 Brakes / DSC

 Climate Control

 Communication

 ConnectedDrive

 Cruise Control+BF

 Dimensions

 Driver assistance

 Dynamic Drive Control

 EfficientDynamics

 Eight-speed Automatic

 Engines 530d 535i 550i

 Entertainment

 E.M. parking brake

 Exterior

 Head-Up Display

 iDrive

 Integral Active Steering

 Integrated Manual

 Interior

 Lane Change Warning

 Lane Depart. Warning

 Navigation

 Night Vision

 Panorama glass roof

 Passive safety

 Side View - Top View

 Specifications

 Speed Limit Info

 Suspension

 Towbar switch

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 coupé.

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 luxury cars.

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.

 

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