Firm looking into four-cylinder models to make it better value
26 October 2009

BMW is considering adding four-cylinders engines to the 5-series GT to make it more affordable, Autocar can reveal.

The company is looking at the 175bhp four-cylinder unit found in the 320d, which returns over 50mpg on the combined cycle, according to BMW sources.

Currently the 5-series GT starts at around £40,000, putting it out of reach of many 5-series saloon owners.

But the company would like to open it up to more customers, once the new niche has been established.

First up will be the twin-turbo diesel unit and then a cheaper four-cylinder could arrive.

“We are looking at the twin-turbo diesel and are likely to see that soon,” said the car’s product manager, Michelle Roberts, “nothing is confirmed yet but a four-cylinder diesel is also being looked into.”

Ollie Stallwood

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26 October 2009

Why is it a new niche? It's just a hatchback and an ugly one at that.

26 October 2009

[quote MrNorthToYou]It's just a hatchback and an ugly one at that.[/quote]

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I rather like it. Just the thing for long motorway journeys. If had the money....I would definately consider one.

26 October 2009

Just walked round one in my local dealers,it's huge!, plus the fact it was in White didn't help, but to make such a large car, effectively a 4x4 on really low suspension with only seats for four as standard instead of five is just plain daft!, i mean do they think that it's only exec's that'll buy it?, what about families?, we might want to buy this type of car, i know it's an option, but why sell it as a four seater when everybody knows sometimes we need five!

Peter Cavellini.

26 October 2009

[quote Peter Cavellini]with only seats for four as standard instead of five is just plain daft!, [/quote]

Only the 'Executive' version has 4 seats as standard. The other verson has 5 as standard. So...no problem there then.

26 October 2009

What about the 523d GT?? That would put it in reach of those that have regular 5 series money.

I've seen one in the flesh. It makes the X5 seem old fashioned inside. The way BMW is and should be going next.

I look forward to the new 5 saloon if this is points the way.

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