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All-wheel drive option for 5-series GT buyers from June
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21 April 2010

An all-wheel drive BMW 5-series GT will be launched at next week's Bejing motor show.

The car will be launched with the xDrive system in Europe in June, on the 550i xDrive Gran Turismo and the 530d xDrive Gran Turismo.

See the BMW 5-series GT xDrive pics

The 535i xDrive Gran Turismo and the 535d xDrive Gran Turismo will follow in September.

The 740d will also be available with xDrive by the end of the year.

No prices have been announced.

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Rover P6 3500S 17 April 2010

Re: BMW 5-series GT gets xDrive

Giom37 wrote:

The dealer guys are usually the last to know anything. They only care about hitting targets with the established models - anything new, frightens them.

If he thinks the GT is an abomination to BMW, he shouldn't be working for this brand. BMW, once again hit the spot with this car, and, like I mentioned, it's outselling even BMWs expectation.

Why ppl like you want new models to fail is beyond me. Does 'new' scare you so much that you're willing to live with the same old same old for the rest of your life? Companies that doesn't do 'new', dissapear into obscurity and is eventually bought up by some indian business man with vision.

Uh oh... first HyundaiSmoke, then Widescreen, now this bloke...

Actually, I'm aiming for the position where I don't own a single post-1972 car. Partly because cars that old are tax-exempt, but also because they have so much more character (and so much better visibility!) than the majority of modern cars. I want the X6 and the 5GT to fail because they're a prostitution of the brand, chasing dollar signs, and they have totally abandoned all the principles that made BMW BMW. They're ugly, badly proportioned, very heavy, not particularly quick for their power and MPG, they ride badly... and, the last I spoke to my BMW dealer, he'd sold two in eight weeks. Not exactly promising. Frankly, the last truly desirable BMW in production was the E39 5-series (for some reason, the E46 3-series never really appealed to me). If I could have the power and efficiency of a new 5-series with the looks and handling of an E39, I'd be happy. I'm not scared of new things (I'm well aware that Jag desperately needed to update their look), I just wish BMW would stop pushing pointless niche-within a niche-within a niche cars like the GT. I'd kill off all the X-range, I'd make the existing cars much more rewarding to drive (the new 5 is far too Mercedes-like to drive, from what I've heard), I'd bring back the 8-series, I'd introduce 1 and 7-series Tourings, I'd put the M1 Hommage into production - oh, and I'd sack the bloody stylist! The current BMW range manages, somehow, to be (mostly) really ugly and really bland at the same time. That's quite an achievement, but not one to be proud of. They need to get Henrik Fisker back and fire Adrian van Hooybong.

Giom37 17 April 2010

Re: BMW 5-series GT gets xDrive

Rover P6 3500S wrote:
Well, that's not what my local BMW dealer told me - the salesman I spoke to admitted that he thought it was a ridiculous and hopelessly compromised thing and an abominable prostitution of the BMW brand, and that he hadn't a clue how he was going to sell the damn things. Personally, I hope sales collapse completely (along with the X5 and X6) as the drive to downsize and shed weight gets into full swing.

The dealer guys are usually the last to know anything. They only care about hitting targets with the established models - anything new, frightens them.

If he thinks the GT is an abomination to BMW, he shouldn't be working for this brand. BMW, once again hit the spot with this car, and, like I mentioned, it's outselling even BMWs expectation.

Why ppl like you want new models to fail is beyond me. Does 'new' scare you so much that you're willing to live with the same old same old for the rest of your life? Companies that doesn't do 'new', dissapear into obscurity and is eventually bought up by some indian business man with vision.

scoch 16 April 2010

Re: BMW 5-series GT gets xDrive

Im sure that there is a market for a 5 litre xwd saloon car, the one person thats after one will have loads to pick from, as to current BMW styling, thats just a contradiction in itself.

I can remeber the day when people used to aspire to buy a BMW just cant think why you would want to now!