What would you like to know about 5 GT interior and the BMW X1?

Others | September 14th, 2009 by 26
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Tomorrow we are meeting with the interior designers of the new BMW 5 Series GT and shortly after with the Project Leader of the new …

Tomorrow we are meeting with the interior designers of the new BMW 5 Series GT and shortly after with the Project Leader of the new BMW X1 SAV.

While we have compiled a list of questions of our own, we would like to give you the opportunity to ask some questions yourselves….through us, of course.

As always, we want to keep you connected to the blog and to be a part of it, and even though some of you cannot be present at the Frankfurt Auto Show, we would still like to “take” you with us.

p90045876 image1600x12001 655x436Please try to stay on the topic and focus on the 5 GT interior and of course, the X1 model. We will select the best questions and promise to try to get an answer for all of them.

The Frankfurt Auto Show starts at 2AM EST and will continue throughout the day, lots of photos, videos and of course, live coverage.

26 responses to “What would you like to know about 5 GT interior and the BMW X1?”

  1. kcsnayud says:

    uh yeah i have one question. Why is the 5gt borrowing the same interior (or almost) interior from the 7er? And why is the new x3 gonna be based one the X1?

  2. Ramon Juarez says:

    ¬∑Why didn’t they make the X1 smaller?

  3. Miles Ransom says:

    and are all of the bmw interiors going to look the same? ex: the 7 series and 5 gt?

  4. J.T. says:

    No chance of the X1 being offered in manual?

  5. M says:

    5 gt is the most horrible and ugly car ever made

  6. atr_hugo says:

    What power seat options available in the rear, heated seats, lumbar support, etc? What are the doing to make the back seat passengers feel special in this car?

  7. badger says:

    what was the point of making an X1?
    The pricing of the new X1 is almost the same as the x3
    and seating seems the same

  8. atr_hugo says:

    Horatiu – my earlier question was regarding the 5er GT of course. ; -) Hugo

  9. Doug says:

    Why did they make the seating position higher?

  10. Giom says:

    Re: 5 series GT: Complements on the GTs interior! Question: What was their first priority 1) create clever utility space, or 2) create upmarket feel with utility space second?

    Note: Horatiu, can you please take some close-up details of the GTs wheels and bracke set-ups. I need this for a 3d project I’m working on. Maybe they’ve got a bare chassis on display or something like that (wishfull thinking). Also, head lights and tail lights – nice and close:)

    Thanks, and have a ball!

    PS. If you happen to bump into the exterior designers, or engineers, I’d love to know how they arrived at the rear end styling. Was it form over function? or was it pure styling choice. But, complements to them for a car well styled!

    • Doug says:

      Hi Giom! What are you working on now?

      • Giom says:

        Hey Doug! I’m actually re-creating the 5GT in 3d – full on realistic details. When this model is completed, I want to do some work on the back end – imo the weakest design side of the car, and see if I can come up with something more aesthetically pleasing. If you want to check out the progress, follow this link: http://forum.cg-cars.com/showthread.php?p=112110#post112110

        • Doug says:

          Nice work!! Superb attention to detail, right down to the rolled edges on door seams.

          Some of the feedback in that forum was surprisingly precise. Are you publishing the model? Is there some technique or tool people are using to estimate the model from photographs?

          • Giom says:


            Most 3d artists use blueprints to get the forms and shapes right. Photographs are used for referencing details like head and tail lights etc.

            I might be publishing the model… but I’ll still be working on it for months to come. I’m planning on modeling the entire interior as well – as detailed as I can. It’s a long term project for me.

  11. Lee Hess says:

    I have three questions on the GT interior which if answered will help me determine whether to advance order one:
    1. Is the floor space (not cubic space) of the trunk of the GT when the rear seats are not folded down but are brought closer to the front seats as large as the floor space in the trunk of my 2006 750?
    2. Will the front passenger seat have a massaging opetion in the United States?
    3. The rear window appears small in pictures. What is rear visibility like?

    One additional question not on point, when the car is all wheel drive, will integrated steering still be a US option?


  12. Jorge says:

    I would like to know why is it that with a car as large as the 5-series GT they didn’t offer the rear airvents also located on the B-pillar just like they do on the 7-series and the X5 with the Rear Climate Package. This seems rather odd since on the Audi A6 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class this is standard or avaliable. BTW this is also avaliable on cars such as the Hyundai Genesis Sedan. Why is it that a new Luxury Car like the Genesis can offer this for 33K and not BMW on the 5-series GT?

  13. ferrarifan says:

    Why stick with the “old style” Automatic Shift Knob??? when most of the new ones already have the futuristic kind…

    This is a 2010 model!!!

  14. ferrarifan says:

    ^ for the X1 i mean..

  15. Medhat says:

    Please ask, whey doesn’t BMW find cup holders an important design element that should be properly integrated into the interior, for all BMW’s it is either an afterthought or a kludge. Many prestigious car designers such Maserati, Aston Marint, and Audio do integrate them with varying degree of beauty. People spend a lot of hours in their cars!

  16. Lance says:

    Hi Horatiu, I would be much appreciated if you could get the following through:

    1.) The interior design of the latest BMWs: Z4, 7, 5GT are just absolutely brilliant and perfect. They look and feel extremely upmarket with really good quality materials and colour combination options. Gone are the days where they produced cheap looking interiors such as the pre-facelifted 1 Series hatch and the current 5 Series.

    2.) Despite some of the readers saying that the 7 and 5GT look too similar, I do not find a problem with that – as long as the elements have been elegantly and thoughtfully applied.

    3.) More attention needs to be given to the seats of pssengers: The rear seats of BMWs are terribly uncomfortable and they make long distance journeys a nightmare. They may need much more padding than present. The rear seats are also far too flat and rear passengers often slide around when cornering. I have heard many people complaining about the 1 Series hatch, 5 Series, 3 Series (E90) as well as the X3. From my experience, the old BMW E30 has the most comfortable rear seats with sufficient padding and support. The E30 was the last model before they changed to the new uncomfortable seat design.

    Other than that, keep up the new classy interior, the amber lights are brilliant!

    Thanks. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  17. FJL says:

    I was also wandeing why B pillar air vents are not included especialy as 4 zone climate control is standard and the fact that it is based on the 7 which does have them.

  18. bunker says:

    Can you fit a bag of golf clubs in the back of the X1 without putting the seats down? If yes, can you fit 2?

    My non-serious question is whether they can offer the X1 in metallic orange…

  19. wazon says:

    As pointed many times, 5GT has similar interior to 7-er, however I wonder whether there is difference in favour of 7-er of quality of materials used to make some of interior components. I don’t mean overall quality of interior which is great in both cars. I refer to such details as grills of ventilator made from porcelain in 7-er and so on. What, if anything at all, does make 7-er’s interior more luxury than interior of 5GT?

    And what is the weight difference between 550iGT with regular back seat for 3 persons and 550iGT with two electric seats at back?

  20. Lee says:

    Please get rid of the ugly orange dash lights. The dash on BMW’s are so boring an uninspiring!

  21. Lee says:


    Was there ever a followup article answering the questions?

    • Horatiu B. says:

      I’m working on the answers, I have a few audio recordings to go through. I didn’t get an answer to all of them since the 5 GT interior designer was replaced with the exterior guy, but I did manage to get some answers back.

      Also, the designers don’t always have answers to the very technical questions, mostly the design language

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