The recently unveiled BMW 5 Series GT Concept continues down the testing path and today we have some new photos of a heavily camouflaged test mule spotted in Southern California.
The production 5GT model will be introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September and it’s expected the final version to suffer some modifications. The interior will be modified to allow for a five passenger seating, compared to the concept which allowed only 2 people in the rear, separated by a center console.
We don’t expect major changes to the exterior design, but our friend Rich at Automotive Traveler did notice something interesting. While the concept BMW featured frameless doors,the test mule spotted by him seems to return to the classic frame for each of the side windows. Could it be just a diversion by BMW?
This mule is still covered with the famous fake plastic, hiding most of the design lines, a clear indication that the 5GT has not entered yet the final evaluation phase.
As a quick refresh, the exterior design was created by Christopher Weil and it includes the body surfacing and design elements which will be seen in the next-generation 5 Series due out in 2010. Some minor design cues were imported from the CS Concept into the 5GT, as seen by the shape of the headlamps in the concept version and the very aggressive front-end. The front-grill is smaller than the one found on the new 7, but far more sportier.
The first BMW 5 Series GT will be powered by 6-cylinder engines, the 272 horsepower naturally aspirated motor or the 326 horsepower updated 3.0 liter twin-turbo engine from the new 740i.
More engines will be available after the official launch, including the powerful 407 horsepower 4.4 liter V8. Two diesel choices will be offered as well: a turbocharged 232 horsepower engine and 282 horsepower 3.0 liter twin-turbo. Transmission will be available in both manual and the new ZF eight-speed automatic. The Active Damping control will be standard.
Pricing still unknown, but expect it to be somewhere between the 5 Series and the X6.
[Source: More photos at Automotive Traveler ]