BMW is currently developing two new models based on its 3 and 5-series sedans, code named F3 and F5. The BMW F5 is basically a wagon version, also called a MVP-wagon, but with a taller ride-height and a high roof to maximize interior space.
Engine options will remain the same as the ones found in the 5-series sedan but don’t expect anything bigger than a six-cylinder to feature.
The BMW F5 is expected to compete with Mercedes-Benz’ R-class, even though at this moment the sales for the Mercedes model are very poor. My guess is that BMW saw this as an opportunity to take the lead in that class and surpass its long-time german competitor.
The expected launch date for the F5 is in mid-2009. The release date for the F3 model is set sometimes in 2010.
Once again, Chris Bangle, the BMW Chief Designer is taking a big chance by pushing forward this new design. Time will tell if it will turn out to be a “hit” or just another “bomb”.