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

And with the addition of 4WD comes another long winded BMW model name. Just hope there isn't a M-Sport version or we could see 550i xDrive Gran Turismo M Sport on the price list.

15 April 2010

[quote Lanehogger]And with the addition of 4WD comes another long winded BMW model name[/quote]

They could change the name from "Gran Turismo" to "overweight, poo-shaped answer to a question nobody asked nor even wants to know the answer to, with the added hypocrisy of calling it a Gran Turismo". Except it wouldn't really be shortening it.

I wonder what Ron Dennis thinks of the styling?

15 April 2010

what i want i know is will the new 5 come with xDrive? and if so when??

15 April 2010

By Europe do we actually mean the UK please? There have been 4wd BMW saloons in Europe for years - but will we get them here?

15 April 2010

[quote disco.stu]

They could change the name from "Gran Turismo" to "overweight, poo-shaped answer to a question nobody asked nor even wants to know the answer to, with the added hypocrisy of calling it a Gran Turismo". Except it wouldn't really be shortening it.

I wonder what Ron Dennis thinks of the styling?

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Em, the 'nobody asked...' statement that you're copying from so many people before you... were copied by other people that also didn't know what they were talking about.

The GT is selling just fine, thank you. Demand has been outstripping supply and I believe BMW started extra lines to cope with the extra demand... You know, from the people that didn't ask for this great car.

Please be origional (and informed) with your comments!

15 April 2010

[quote happygolucki]By Europe do we actually mean the UK please? There have been 4wd BMW saloons in Europe for years - but will we get them here?
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Ditto. Come on Autocar, more information, please.

15 April 2010

[quote Giom37]

Em, the 'nobody asked...' statement that you're copying from so many people before you... were copied by other people that also didn't know what they were talking about.

The GT is selling just fine, thank you. Demand has been outstripping supply and I believe BMW started extra lines to cope with the extra demand... You know, from the people that didn't ask for this great car.

Please be origional (and informed) with your comments!

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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.

15 April 2010

I don't like the way the 5 GT looks, but I can see how there's a (small) market for cars such as these. By adding 4WD they seem to be moving it closer in concept to the Mercedes-Benz R-Class, but whereas the latter can offer seating for seven, the BMW can't.

16 April 2010

i honestly think this car is bmw's worst looking car for years i saw 2 yesterday and it looked liked it had been whacked with the ugly stick! what are bmw thinking?

16 April 2010

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!

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