with its concept, the exterior design message is clear: versatility,
dynamism and elegance, particularly with the four frameless
windows and the coupé-like stretched roofline. It is the first
large-scale production car from BMW to feature frameless windows in
aluminium shell structures, reducing weight, with the aluminium engine
compartment lid and front spring struts on the body, by 28 kg or 62 lb.
With the typical low-slung BMW kidney
grille, the front gets large air intakes and dual round headlights. Apart
from the direction indicators, the corona rings on the headlights come for
the first time with LED light units.
The standard rings serve as the car’s
positioning lights. With the optional xenon
headlights, the LED units of the light rings may
be operated in two stages: dimmed to about 10 per cent of their full power
(as positioning lights) or at full power (as daytime running lights in
The brake lights and the direction
indicators are also made up of LED light units. The
waistline extends from the headlights to the rear light clusters, while
the two outer rooflines as well as the shoulder lines come together in the
airflow spoiler on the tailgate, giving a sleek, fastback-like
rear end. The flared wheel arches complete the BMW brand signature.
front seats and 3- or 2- passenger rear seats.
The horizontally subdivided dashboard
comes with a cockpit featuring Black
Panel technology and a Control
Display for the iDrive system, measuring 7.5" (standard)
or 10.2" (with the optional Professional
The front seats are slightly elevated.
Legroom at the rear is the same as in the BMW 7 Series, headroom is equal
to that of the BMW X5, while the tilt angle of the rear-seat backrests is
The standard rear seat is a bench for
three passengers with individual adjustment of seat four-and-aft position
(up to 100 millimetres or almost 4") as well as
the backrest angle on all seats.
The 5 Series GT can be optionally
ordered with two single seats at the rear, in which case fore-and-aft
adjustment of the seat position as well as the backrest angle, the upper
section of the backrest and the height of the headrest is all-electric.
This configuration gets a standard centre console
separating the two single seats and accommodating cup holders, a
storage box and other facilities.
illumination with bands of light in the dashboard.
The standard ambience illumination of
the interior features bands of light integrated in the dashboard beneath
the trim bar, generating indirect illumination in a warm shade of
orange. Light bands are also placed beneath the trim bar around the
door panels, discreetly illuminating the armrests.
The ambient light effect may be further
enhanced with optional illuminated entry bars, light bands in the
centre console at the front and behind the vertical trim bars at the
rear, as well as further sources of light in the area of the centre
armrest, the door pockets and on the backs of the front-seat backrests.