BMW Van-like vehicle rendered by Auto Motor Und Sport

Rumors | February 12th, 2011 by 28
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My first reaction: what has this world come to? Second, is it April 1st? Third…well, by the time I got to my third reaction, I …

My first reaction: what has this world come to? Second, is it April 1st? Third…well, by the time I got to my third reaction, I was speechless. The rumors of a BMW Van-looking vehicle have been floating around for a few months now and while initially the rumor sounded more futuristic than the last iteration of Star Trek, latest news point out that BMW is indeed considering a Van-like vehicle.

Surprisingly, one rumor and a rendering surface at the same time. Latest edition of respectable German magazine Auto Motor features a rendering of what they label as “BMW Van”. Coincidentally, some of the design lines seen in the rendering align with the latest report by BMW insider Scott27.

The latest rumormill churns out that the BMW mini-van is internally known as the Advanced Family Sports Activity Tourer. The insider says the idea is to mix the space and flexibility of an MPV, the solidity of an SAV with the shape of a larger Touring model, but have maintain the car-like appearance.

BMW Van like vehicle rendered by Auto Motor Und Sport

With AFAST, short for Advanced Family Sports Activity Tourer, BMW’s ideas are to reinterpret the concept of a van to be more car-like, but without compromising space, flexibility and driving dynamics.

Apparently the BMW AFAST goes to the design table as demanded by customers who want a more premium offering which still fulfills their requirements around a van, but maintains the BMW values. Same insider says this segment will grow to 65% by 2015.

BMW Van like vehicle rendered by Auto Motor Und Sport

AFAST is said to be the reincarnation of BMW’s RFK project that morphed into the BMW 5er Gran Turismo. The car would be build on the new 3 Series platform, it would maintain the rear-wheel drive architecture. Inside, the car will feature a flexible design with adequate interior and cargo space.

So, there you have it…speechless yet?

While I personally embraced and understood the ideas behind the 5GT, at this point, I certainly cannot understand nor attempt to understand the need of a BMW van. Without having all the facts and the market research, I might be in a blind spot, but here is to hope that BMW will once again deliver a sustainable product, despite being a …mini-van.

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  • Frederico Silva

    What the hell are they thinking? Maybe next week we see a concept like the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter -.-
    This is getting fu***** annoying..

  • Bryce

    The magazine has a photo of the Vision ConnectedDrive and yet chooses to feature an obscure rendering of a BMW minivan on its cover? Do people actually read this magazine?

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Maybe because we already talked extensively about the Vision ConnectedDrive? Latest is that the BMW van is pretty damn real, sad day but true apparently.

      • Bryce

        I’m sure you’re right… but if I’m walking past a newsstand I grab the magazine with a hot concept on the cover, not a minivan. That’s not a BMW decision though, that’s an Auto Motor und Sport decision.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000477069969 Hugo Becker

    Hate to say it, but the way that rendering has the A-pillar placed it’s FWD.

    • Frederico Silva

      How do you say that just by looking at the A-Pillar?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000477069969 Hugo Becker

        By looking at the A-pillar’s relationship to the front axle centerline.

  • BMfan

    Can someone tell me frankly if Mercedes has lost bearing, value or fame simply because they have buses and trucks in thier line-up?

    • Frederico Silva

      Well, I would not like to see the gipsies of my country switch from MB Sprinter to BMW something, that’s cheap, and doesn’t worth BMW :/

  • Woo Hoo

    A BMW van? Badge whore’s wet dream.

    A VAN with a roundel on it. WT is BMW thinking?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163817321 X5SoB

    I’ve always thought of Honda as the Japanese philosophical equivalant of BMW. They make the best van on the market. Why shouldn’t BMW take a shot at it? It looks like a squareback version the 5GT, like the relationship between the X6 and the X5. As BMfan says, Mercedes doesn’t suffer from the lack of motorcycles. You fanboys need to get a grip, even you H.

  • T

    Since I returned to Germany I had a closer look at AutoMotor Und Sport’s article.

    The Magazine AutoMotor Und Sport refers to the FWD based 1er van but chose to mis-interpret the car by showing a chop with a Gran Turismo crossed with a VW Sharan.

    As you are well aversed in, that BMW do not do vans and straight facsimile of certain concepts. The rendering in the UK car magazine of the GT compact sports Tourer mimics the outline of the production car , again looking anything unlike a van.

    The BMW 3er Advanced Family Activity Sports Tourer has come about because in Europe there is demand for such a vehicle , especially for those with a large family and the need for extra flexibility. In a way it will be a bigger brother for the BMW 1er based FWD/AWD FAST- Family Activity Sports Tourer , however the 3er will be RWD.

    The question asked is why must the customer conform?
    Why should the only option be a van with windows if the customer who enjoys driving but needs the space and flexibility be reduced to a single euro box concept? Why cant a concept be done differently using the same idea but more in shape of a car instead of a van?

    Advanced Family Activity Sports Tourer carries over where the RFK left off ,
    Taking on the appearance of a more sporty elongated Touring model with the space of an MPV and the solidity of an SAV. Just because one idea had to be re-evaluated for one segment does not mean it wont work for another.
    Given the projections for these segments to increase throughout this decade BMW are not the only manufacturer looking at the options available.
    Audi are looking at the A4/A6 to implement the Roadjet, And both E-Klasse and C-Klasse Mercedes-Benz models are being looked at for similar purpose.

    But BMW know that the car cannot be a van with windows.
    That is why it will be anything but , of course it is all on whether BMW decide to take the 3er based concept to production.

    • wazon8

      Good points.

  • Giom

    I always thougth the 5GT was BMWs answere to the ‘van’. Since MBs R-class didn’t do well, the feeling is that BMW made wise decision NOT to build a van.

    What then has changed?

    • http://profiles.google.com/kiwi.robbie Robert Cumming

      MB when too far upmarket with the R Class, had it been A. cheaper and B. smaller it most likely would have sold like hotcakes in Europe, which is what they are going to do with the R Class replacement.

  • T

    Different segments. What we find tha what will not work in one segment can work in another . Providing of course we take the car through to production.

  • viper

    I think they are aiming at vw touran

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  • http://profiles.google.com/kiwi.robbie Robert Cumming

    Finally BMW are making a car for families who have more than 2 children (I have 3) this will be a hugh seller for them in Europe. I’ve recently traded out of a BMW 3 series touring into a VW Touran, I’ll trade back to a BMW in a shot if they build this one. Thumbs up from me.

  • http://profiles.google.com/kiwi.robbie Robert Cumming

    Finally BMW are making a car for families who have more than 2 children (I have 3) this will be a hugh seller for them in Europe. I’ve recently traded out of a BMW 3 series touring into a VW Touran, I’ll trade back to a BMW in a shot if they build this one. Thumbs up from me.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Van-Wittenberghe/100001559174399 Charles Van Wittenberghe

    I think i’m really open-minded concerning new vehicles, but i would be very disappointed if BMW start to produce such a van.

  • Peter Demchenkov

    GT’s saloon is great but the trunk is too small for travelling with family. You need to use roof box etc. Every time you go anywhere. so, as GT owner :-), like the idea of BMW Van. But honestly I’d like to see it on 5 th series platform.

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