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11 November 2008

Our latest spy shots reveal that BMW’s ‘Progressive Activity Sedan’ (PAS) project is continuing apace.

Based on the same platform as the new 5-series, which arrives next year, the PAS will provide BMW with an MPV for the first time. The firm has lost sales to the likes of the Ford S-Max as 3-series drivers have families and want more space, and this is the company’s response.

BMW’s chairman Norbert Reithofer has already promised class leading cabin and luggage room from the PAS.

The PAS design team considered adding a third row of seats to create a sort of luxury people carrier, but Autocar understands this idea has been scrapped because of the heavy curvature of the roof. Instead, the PAS will come X6-style with four deep-set individual seats, or with the more conventional arrangement of two front seats and a rear bench.

In an effort to recreate one of the most appealing aspects of driving an SUV, the PAS has it’s seats positioned 60mm higher than the 5-series to offer drivers a commanding view of the road.

We expect the PAS to share engines and powertrain options with the new 5-series. Diesel units will be most popular, with the 3.0-litre straight-six expected to be the range highlight.

Prices for the PAS are expected to start at around £32,000 when it arrives late next year. It won’t be called PAS, either – V5 is the favourite, as BMW is likely to begin a new naming convention for its MPVs.

Will Powell

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11 November 2008

So; they're losing sales to cars like the 7 seater S-Max. BMW answer? A 4 seater based on a big saloon car, with raised everything so if they want to make it handle its ride will be harder than a very hard thing that's quite hard. What are BMW playing at?????

11 November 2008

"The PAS design team considered adding a third row of seats to create a sort of luxury people carrier, but Autocar understands this idea has been scrapped because of the heavy curvature of the roof."

So, they've just made a 5 series hatch back then!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

11 November 2008

[quote TegTypeR]

"The PAS design team considered adding a third row of seats to create a sort of luxury people carrier, but Autocar understands this idea has been scrapped because of the heavy curvature of the roof."

So, they've just made a 5 series hatch back then!

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You beat me to it.

11 November 2008

Am i the only who doesn't see the point?

11 November 2008

[quote 65 AMG]Am i the only who doesn't see the point?[/quote] Errr, read the previous 3 posts to yours...

11 November 2008

Utterly pointless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11 November 2008

I never thought I would live to see it with my own poor eyes...

The BMW Signum !

hooray hooray, the looney martians have landed...

11 November 2008

[quote 230SL]So, they've just made a 5 series hatch back then[/quote]

It's worse, it's a two wheel drive X6.

At least it can't look as bad as an X6.... can it?

Cyclists: if you ride in the gutter, car drivers will treat you like you live in one.

11 November 2008

We actually went from a 3 series to an S-Max, the main reason being the versatility of occasional 7 seats. I would happily have paid £10k+ more for a premium German equivalent, but none exists. If you want 7 seats from BMW, Audi or M-B they insist on selling you a 4wd leviathon. No thanks!

For all their niche creations (X6!?!) they don't make the car we wanted to buy. This V5 offers no benefits over the excellent 5 series touring but if they added a couple of foldaway seats at the back it would sell like hot cakes, even with a curved roof!

The S-Max 2.2 Titanium is great by the way, once you get past the badge!

11 November 2008

[quote 65 AMG]

Am i the only who doesn't see the point?

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No certainly not. I believe this is BMW's answer to the R-Class which is also.... completely pointless. So basically they've done a good job if their mission is indeed to rival the Merc.

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