Simplicity in car manufacturing is gone, and the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo is proof of this. Where BMW used to produce only executive saloons, now it also offers SUVs (in whatever size sir would like), including a couple that thinks they're a coupé.

And the Gran Turismo, is a saloon-cum-coupé-cum-SUV, offering the raised driving position but without the conspicuous looks and all-wheel drive, the versatility of a hatchback and the space of a full-size saloon.

To confuse matters further, the GT has the same wheelbase as a 7 Series, with which it shares suspension components, but is badged (and priced) as a 5 Series...However, this may be the case no longer with BMW clearly looking to rectify a few wrongs by making the 2018 car a 6 Series GT - therefore confirming the disappointments that the 5 GT and the 6 Series Gran Coupé.

The BMW 5 Series GT has no direct ancestry, but the Z22 concept provides proof that the idea has been in existence for more than a decade.

Revealed at the 2000 Frankfurt show, the Z22 combined elements from different classes of car to create plentiful interior space in a compact body.

The Z22 was designed to offer the cabin space of a 5 Series in a car the length of a 3 Series, and was based on a 7 Series wheelbase. So does the 5 Series GT live up to that car’s ethos?

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