Here is the scoop with the BMW F5 Progressive Activity Sedan

5 Series GT | September 17th, 2008 by 10

If you are one of our loyal readers, you probably recall the multiple articles on the BMW Progressive Activity Sedan(F5) and also, you might remember …

If you are one of our loyal readers, you probably recall the multiple articles on the BMW Progressive Activity Sedan(F5) and also, you might remember my posts in which I stated my disbelief in this BMW concept. I wasn’t being too harsh or anything, but I also stated clearly that I don’t vision which slot this car might fill up. 

Since I’m not part of the BMW marketing team, my opinion is just a personal one, but today, I do have a better explanation of what BMW PAS actually is or…where it will actually fit in.

One of the most knowledgeable guys on Germancarzone forums, Scott27, was very kind to share with the rest of us, the BMW’s vision for this Progressive Activity Sedan concept.

“Very soon BMW AG will begin their teasers for the upcoming Progressive Activity Sedan , this is what 2009 will be about. Everything else is considered secondary.

For BMW the Progressive Activity Sedan is a new automotive solution in the luxury segment. The Progressive Activity Sedan will not compromise on it’s Inherited BMW DNA which means Dynamics,Performance , refinement and Efficiency will be what you expect from a car badged as a BMW clothed in a futuristic sleek body and an intuitive forward thinking interior.

What is the word car? And why does it fit with Progressive Activity Sedan? Should it not be MPV?

No. Call it what you want , you and many others have probably have already made up your mind on this individual BMW Concept. 
The media have got it wrong over this car they are labeling it as a competitor to the Mercedes-Benz R-Klasse.
How wrong they are. 

What will the Progressive Activity Sedan offer over a regular MPV or SUV?
Individuality and function partnered with a very exciting range of petrol and diesel engines and optional efficient platforms. Individual dynamics and agility will make this a vehicle that does more than stand out because of it’s design. In which it is very design orientated , crisp sharp lines , shallow glasshouse , very aerodynamic swooping roof in the form of a coupe , long bonnet more like a car.

What is the point of the Progressive Activity Sedan? 
The Progressive Activity Sedan is an individual solution for the progressive individual who has become bored of a regular sedan and SUV but with no compromise on driver enjoyment. ”

I have always admited when I was wrong and I might be again, maybe indeed BMW has a great future planned out for this car and I am just being stubborn. I do admit that I was wrong when I compared the PAS to the Mercedes-Benz R-Class, since the initial spy photos indicated a similar design. 

After reading Scott27’s take on the PAS, you might actually start to give this car a chance, as for myself, I decided to hold off my personal opinion on this, until more information and real photos will be revealed. 

Btw, the rumor is that the F5 codename will be replaced by the Y-naming convention, so the Progressive Activity Sedan will be called Y5. Not a bad maketing strategy, it does sound better.

I would like to thank GCZ and Scott27 again for the great inside information.

So, what do you guys think? 

P.S Here is a rendering made by the fellows at Top Speed.

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10 responses to “Here is the scoop with the BMW F5 Progressive Activity Sedan”

  1. Giom says:

    Ok, now you’re talking Horatiu! Maybe now you can understand why I advised not to ‘bad mouth’ this car before we know more.

    About the render, I don’t think it will look like a X6 body with a CS front-end. Like the article said “shallow glasshouse”.

    Great reading:)

  2. Gragop says:

    Sorry – I still don’t see much point to this vehicle. If it’s going to be a “Y 3.0Si” does the “Y” stand for “Y did we build this thing?”

  3. Giom says:


    They won’t call it the “Y”, thats just the model code.

  4. Horatiu B. says:


    I think they might call it the Y. They already got the name copyrighted.

  5. Gragop says:

    well, point being that I still think this is a somewhat pointless exercise in meeting market demands – hopefully for BMW it will pan out better than the R Class did for Benz.

  6. PalBay says:

    Just a quick tag on to some of Scott’s comments about the PAS.Scott works in some marketing role for BMW in Munich.He is very wired about future happenings within BMW.I have taken an interest in the PAS because it sounds like a car I would interested in owning.I though the X6 was for me….but the more I heard about the PAS….the more my ears perked up.Some of my contacts at the SC BMW Plant regularly travel to Munich for meetings,and I get bits and pieces of info on other things going on in BMW outside of the SC BMW Plant.The PAS was originally going to be BMW’s people mover,ie gasp….Mini Van.After the MB R-Class bombed…BMW reexamined the whole “People Mover” segment.Decided to “reinvent” the concept of the sedan as a way to cover the people mover market w/o ever having to admit they were in the people mover segment.The PAS will be built on the new 5 Series platform and be a little wider,taller and longer than a standard 5 Series.The look will be somewhat X6ish but longer and more sleek.The real news is inside the car.A bigger interior and only 4 seats w/ the possibility of a 5th “jump seat”.The PAS will be available in several different configurations…..from a more standard sport sedan setup to a captains chairs w/ folding tables in the back section…….shall we say like a Chrysler Mini Van.The inside will “feel” larger due to the increased interior volume and less seats…some say as much interior room as the new 7 Series.A very big bet for BMW.They hope by appealing to many cross sections of the motoring public…the PAS won’t get tagged w/ being called a minivan.If the PAS works on the 5 Series platform,there could be 3 and 7 Series “PAS’s”.You must tip your hat to BMW for pushing the boundries and busting out of the box on car designs. Thanks! PalBay

  7. Clara says:

    Why don’t they just add a hatchback “sport-back” configuration for 3 or 5, and introduce PAS stuff as an option package?

    I still don’t get what this model adds to the lineup or the brand, other than more confusion.

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