These are the first pictures of the BMW Concept 5-series Gran Turismo, released by BMW, which will go into production later this year as the BMW 5-series GT.
The BMW Concept 5-series Gran Turismo is designed to be a cross between an SUV and an estate car with a sleeker, more car-like profile than an MPV. The BMW 5-series GT is taller and longer than a 5-series, and will form a third line for the 5-series range.
It is aimed, according to BMW, at the kind of buyer who does not want or need a vehicle the size of a BMW X5 or X6, but requires something more distinctive than a conventional estate.
BMW’s new design boss, Adrian van Hooydonk, has said that part of the reason for its creation was a BMW study revealing an ageing customer base who find the traditional seating position of the BMW 5-series saloon too sporting but at the same time consider the elevated seating in the X6 too imposing.
“We discovered a group of BMW buyers we were failing to reach out to at a sales level,” said van Hooydonk. “We want to build a car to suit their everyday needs.”
So the BMW 5-Series GT has the same leg and knee room as a BMW 7-series, combined with a slightly raised seating position. And unlike the X6, headroom is not compromised by the car’s roofline – it’s a match for an X5.
The upper half of the body, the glasshouse, is very similar to the X6 and the lower half is heavily influenced by the new 7-series – the new 5-series will share the BMW GT’s lower styling and front end.
All four doors are frameless (the first time BMW has ever done this), which helps to cut the amount of metal visible and increase the area of glass. This lightens the look of the car and stops it from becoming too top-heavy.