Fresh spy shots of the BMW's secret new R-class fighter show its cabin
7 December 2007

Development of BMW’s radical Progressive Activity Sedan (PAS), a luxuriously equipped large five-seat hatchback to go up against the Mercedes R-class in 2009, has moved into top gear. Prototypes are now being trialled in cold weather tests in northern Sweden, and our new spy pictures show the interior of the car for the first time.Based on the same platform as the next-generation 5-series, the 'PAS' is intended to fill a niche that exists in the BMW line-up between its traditional estates and its newer luxury off-roaders, or Sport Activity Vehicles as they are referred to in Munich. BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer describes this new car, hitherto referred to in various quarters as the V5 and the V7, as combining class-leading levels of space and an elevated seating position with all the dynamic traits and quality you expect from a BMW.

BMW 'PAS': it's half estate car, half MPV

Stylistically, the PAS is unlike any other BMW model. The tall, curving roofline sits above an eight-window glasshouse which provides it with an airy and light interior. The rear is characterised by a large sloping hatch, very much like the one on the new X6, that opens to reveal a boot offering almost 600-litres of luggage capacity.Behind the cladding worn by the prototypes is a steel and aluminium bodyshell that uses aggressive detailing, including a large kidney grille and brows over curvy xenon headlamps.Although the 'PAS' is only marginally longer than the 5-series, BMW’s designers have added width and height to increase accommodation. Owing to the heavy curvature of the roof, BMW will not equip the PAS with a third row of seats. Instead, it will come with the choice of four seats, with individual pews in the rear, or five seats with a three-across bench.The new car also receives its own interior with a high-mounted dashboard and seats that are set 60mm higher than in BMW’s existing 5-series, for a mroe commanding view of the road.

Greg Kable

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9 December 2007

Intelligence suggests;

In the UK market, it will be driven, mostly, by aggressive, go-getting types, it's ECU will encourage the optional use of indicators and fog lamps 'left on' will be standard.

Autocar will love it. They will run one for a year with press plates on.

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10 December 2007

A quick trawl through this web site, only looking at FORUM'S and BLOGS & FEATURES, I have counted 22 threads relating to BMW. I must admit to seeing a number of Audi threads but nothing compares to BMW.

They should just disregard all other makes and models and run a fleet of BMW's. Whats in the Autocar car park today? well bugg-- me its full of Munich's finest.

11 December 2007

[quote Kee Law]

and what percentage of total threads does the 22 make up? and what about other makes?

you are welcome to start your own threads as well you know, there's a button at the top for doing just that...

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As I said, a number were also noted for Audi's but the BMW threads far outweighed them, therefore a larger percentage for BMW than any other.

Alternatively, you could conduct your own small survey to prove me wrong!

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