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      12-31-2008, 07:34 AM   #1
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Arrow Pic&details Of 2009bmw 5-series (pas)

BMW is set to take a huge risk by pressing ahead with the launch of the Progressive Activity Sedan (PAS) executive hatchback, a ‘5-series GT’.

The controversial BMW PAS is due to be unveiled in late 2009. One senior company source has told Autocar that the 5-series GT is “one of the bravest designs ever signed off by BMW”. But insiders describe the car as a ‘modern grand tourer with a luxury cabin and interior flexibility’.

The BMW PAS expected to be priced between the BMW 5-series and BMW 7-series and pitched at drivers who like a higher driving position but are not keen on full-scale SUVs.

One source has suggested that BMW is aware of an ageing population who now find conventional saloons’ seat positions too low for comfort.

Those who have seen the 5-series GT in the metal describe the BMW PAS as more of a ‘tall 7-series hatchback than a low-rise X6’.

The car is based on the latest version of BMW’s large rear-drive platform, first seen under the recently launched BMW 7-series.

Although the precise dimensions are not yet known, the PAS is slightly longer than a 5-series saloon and just shorter than a 7-series. It also rides slightly higher on its wheels than a normal road car.

The car’s overall height is pitched almost exactly between a 5-series and an X6, with higher than normal seating positions.

Insiders say this layout allows the PAS to offer the same rear leg room as a new long-wheelbase 7-series. Despite the sloping roof line, head room is said to be more than adequate.

The cabin is based on the same flowing theme revealed in the new Z4, with a wide centre console. Sources say front passengers get a “relaxing, semi-raised position”.

Although the 5-series GT gets a lower body similar to that of a saloon, the roof line and rear hatch are pure X6.

The car’s front end has more of a ‘nose cone’ look, rather like the recently cancelled CS concept. It also gets frameless doors, though there are no plans for a convertible spin-off.

The gently sloping roof line curves into an X6-style ‘fastback’ tailgate. The rear of the car is also said to be like the X6, with a lip at the base of the hatch window and a flat rear panel underneath it, between the rear light clusters.

Sources say the tailgate works in a similar way to the Skoda Superb’s, either as a hatch or with a saloon-style boot lid. But in the BMW it’s the upright rear panel that flips up, offering a letter box-shaped opening.

No definitive details have emerged about the 5-series GT’s technical specification, but it’s thought most European models will get a 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine and most US cars will use a 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol.

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      12-31-2008, 07:36 AM   #2
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i don"t like it...It is x6 in sedan body
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      12-31-2008, 08:27 AM   #3
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Absolutely love it! It will be my fav BMW if they make it!
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      12-31-2008, 08:38 AM   #4
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nah, i pas. x6 looks better in my opinion.
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      12-31-2008, 08:42 AM   #5
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Not my style but good looking to me. BMW will sell the crap out of them I bet. IMO anything is better than the X6 for this placement.

It seems the X6 is a love hate thing just like a lot of the new offerings.
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      12-31-2008, 11:00 AM   #6
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I would have taken this over our E70 X5 if it had been available.
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      12-31-2008, 12:05 PM   #7
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bmw is taking a very different approach to design these days, i can't say i love it, nor can i say it's disgusting... maybe seeing it in real life will do it more justice.
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I like it better than the X6. I'd buy it for my gf.
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      12-31-2008, 12:23 PM   #9
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I like it! Looks like what the X6 should have looked like.
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looks kinda like my sisters Mazda suv
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This car fills a segment that nobody thought existed.
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so then what's the point of the X1, X3, and 3/5 series wagons?
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I like it so much , I cant wait for this.....this should be the real deal...imagine the tuning on that one...
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R-Class?
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yeah, i think it is r-class rival!!!!
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hey, why bmw goes to suv and wagons????????????????????
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