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2009-05-25 09:26

The signs were there from the moment BMW first showed off its dramatic Concept 5 Series at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. Now brazen BMW breaks into yet another new segment with its 5 Series Gran Turismo.

The company calls this car an "attractive, future-oriented extension" of the 5 Series and in many ways it does for the brand what the X6 did when it was first foisted upon the hapless BMW-loving crowd.

This 5 Series, which is unlike one we've ever seen before, has a coupe-like roofline and four doors, making it a cross between a sedan and a Sports Activity Vehicle.

As with the X6, the GT's kidney grille is more upright and the dual headlamps are slanted towards the rear. For the first time on a BMW, the corona rings use LED technology, while at the rear, the L-shaped light clusters are also fitted with LEDs.

Mixing 7 with X5

However, with its elevated ride height and large frameless windows the 5 Series GT should provide infinite levels of comfort for its four occupants. According to BMW, within the car's adjustable interior, legroom (depending on the configuration since the rear seats can move over 100 mm) can be compared with that in the 7 Series sedan and the headroom with the X5.

Luggage capacity is quoted as 440 l although this does expand to 1 700 litres with the rear backrests folded down. For added utility, the tailgate splits to allow for the loading of larger bulkier objects by opening the large tailgate, or a smaller "boot" beneath the rear window when smaller objects are loaded.

The 5 Series GT is offered with a choice of three units powering the 530d, twin-turbo 535i and the V8 550i. All models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission carried across from the new 7 Series.

Suspension is said to offer a mix best suited for dynamic driving and grand tourer-like comfort levels over long distances. Standard features include air suspension on the rear axle and dynamic drive control that adjusts the gear shift patterns, throttle inputs and steering assistance.

Further standard features include front, side and hear airbags, crash-activated headrests for the front occupants, adaptive brake lights and adaptive headlights. The extensive options list includes cruise control with a stop and go setting, lane change and lane departure warnings, and BMW's connected drive.


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