Sources describe the next BMW 5 Series GT as far sleeker-looking car than current model

Rumors | January 20th, 2016 by 17
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Along with the 5 Series Sedan and Touring, BMW will debut later the second-generation 5 Series Gran Turismo. The current model has been often criticized …

Along with the 5 Series Sedan and Touring, BMW will debut later the second-generation 5 Series Gran Turismo. The current model has been often criticized for its quirky design, but it was equally liked for its versatility and driving dynamics. We even took the 5 GT to the track a few years back and came back impressed with its athletic abilities.

But now BMW wants to give the buyers a better looking car to match all the other positive attributes. According to Car and Driver, the upcoming 5 Series GT has been described as far sleeker-looking car than the current model.

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The 5 GT will have the same proportions as the first generation, but with design cues imported from current BMW models – the headlights flow into the kidney grille, the sporty character line sits across the side of the car, while the slopping roof line meets an appealing boot design.

Inside BMW will stay true to its classy, sporty and premium design, but with a new touch. We expected to see a redesigned dashboard with the free-standing LCD display and tons of premium features currently found in higher-end models – like the new 7 Series. We will see the new iDrive system with touchscreen and gesture-based functions and the over-the-air updates for the car.

By using carbon in the body structure, the curb weight should fall by up to 100 kilograms which will sharpen its driving characteristics and help with fuel savings as well.

BMW is expected to show its new 5 Series family this fall at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

17 responses to “Sources describe the next BMW 5 Series GT as far sleeker-looking car than current model”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    Why do they keep it though, is it selling that well ? Because, if you want practicality, the Touring is there anyway.

    • Matt Stokes says:

      It sells well enough obviously – or they wouldn’t bother.

      As for practicality, that depends what you mean exactly by practicality, but since the GT has a greater luggage capacity, a bigger boot aperture, and importantly, more space for rear seat passengers at the same time – I’m struggling to see why anyone would buy the Tourer if it was practicality they were after.

      Not everyone wants to buy an X5 to get these things.

      Personally I quite like the LCI 5GT with M-sport kit on it, and in the UK Tourers, Avants, Estates, Station wagons, or whatever you want to call them, are very common, so it’s nice to see something different, and a little less common on the roads.

      I understand the frustration of the USA though, BMW should put the GT and the Tourer on the market their in the next gen.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        That’s not what i’m saying. They’re making a car in a segment that doesn’t exist, BMW fan don’t like and has a design so different from the 5 it looks like another model. They’re obviously investing quite a lot of money in that, and it’s one of these things people wouldn’t be looking for if it didn’t exist.

        The Tourer has an higher boot, and isn’t jacked up. Maybe the GT has a bigger boot space, but if so, it’s not by 1000 liters. The touring (that’s what BMW calls it) also does not have that weird roof line in the boot, and i think the boot shape is important, maybe more than the cubic capacity.

        It’s ugly, and it’s nowhere, that’s how i feel it. I’ve seen it once, that’s it. And i think lots of them are Taxis… That’s what this car looks like it’s made to be: a Taxi.

        As i’ve said for the 1, BMW knows what they’re doing, and there is a reason why they don’t…

        Btw if it looks like the pic here, which it won’t, i don’t mind quite as much haha.

        • Matt Stokes says:

          I’m not sure whereabouts you live but 5 door ‘fastback’ versions of 4 door saloons is very much a segment that has existed for decades over here – I’d even go so far to say that in terms of the fleet/company car segment it was much bigger than the simple 4 door saloon market – I’m surprised it took BMW as long as it did to at least make the 3GT, though I will admit that the sheer size of the 5GT does push it out of that segment a little bit.

          As for the investment, as I’m sure you’ve read elsewhere, the target is 10% of overall 5-er sales, it’s clearly doing that or they wouldn’t be making a new one.

          I find it contradictory that “BMW fans” will cite low sales numbers for the GT as a reason to kill it, yet clamor for more versions of things like the Z4… which sells in only small numbers.

          I think people use the fact it’s not a great looking car to attack it for other, less well founded, reasons. It is more practical, it is more luxurious, and it is more comfortable than either the F10 or F11, if it looked better I don’t think people would be looking for reasons to complain about it as much.

          I don’t mind if people think it’s ugly, but be honest, THAT is why you don’t like it. Not because of the segment, the practicality or the sales numbers.

          • Kaisuke971 says:

            Wait… What ? Are we talking about the same car ? In case you didn’t realize, no one else makes a car like the GTs. The GTs are jacked-up, hatchback looking things. There is nothing else like it on the market actually. I don’t know where you’ve got that from, but i can tell you they are the only cars in their segment. Maybe you did not realize the ride height is somewhere between an SUV and a sedan, idk. It’s not a fastback at all to my eyes.

   we’re far from the 10%. I think they’ll keep the concept but make it a bit more appealing, like the render here, so they can hope being closer to that.

            That’s a totally different case. The 5 Series GT is a car that serves purposes that could be satisfied by other models of the brand. The Z4 is a roadster, and BMW does not have a roadster. The difference between a Cabrio and a Roadster is 10x bigger than Touring vs BMW’s Gran Turismo cars. Don’t forget that the Z are the only 2 seaters BMW produces.

            It is not that much more practical than the F11, but it sure is more expensive though. And it doesn’t look better, no need for the if thing.

            It’s ugly, does not sell well, and steps on other BMW’s sales. Plus americans get this instead of the nicer and cheaper F11.

          • Matt Stokes says:

            In simple terms the body style is a 5 door hatchback, however given the profile of the car and the slanting rear section, simply calling it a 5 door hatchback would imply it was a similar body style to something like an F20. Because of the angle of the tailgate I’d call it a ‘fast-back’ because that’s how we call that kind of thing in the UK, I guess it’s called a ‘lift-back’ in the US. In any case, there are many examples of 5 door lift-backs based on Saloon models, many of which also have conventional estate versions as well. Though they are not at the same price point, the most established ones over here would be the Mk1,2,3,4,5 Ford Mondeo, the Vectra/Cavalier A,B,C and Insignia from Vauxhall/Opel/GM, these are some of the most common cars on our roads. So the 5 door lift-back is a completely accepted thing as far as I can see.

            Where the 5GT differs (other than price point) is the fact it’s bigger. I do realize it’s “somewhere” between a saloon and SUV in terms of it’s ride height – what you don’t realise is that “somewhere” is about 5mm higher than an F10… or the same as an xDrive fitted 5 series, nowhere near the extra ride height of an X5… it’s not “jacked up”. It does have a taller body, to give a more spacious cabin, and easier ingress/egress (not everyone likes to have to drop down, or step up, to get in a car), but still is around 200mm less tall than an X5.

            As far as the 10% comment goes, I’ll grant you that, in simple terms it’s not doing 10% of global 5er sales. It’s worth noting however that total 5 series sales have increased massively since the introduction of the GT, so where actually 20-25,000 units did used to be about 10% of 5-er sales, it’s now not, but that could just be because so many more 5 series’ are being sold now. The point still stands though, it’s volumes are enough to make it profitable. Since individual bodystyle global sales figures haven’t been published either quarterly or yearly since the end of 2013, it’s difficult to put actual figures on it’s performance now.

            Which brings me to your earlier comment about investment. The reason I mention the Z4 is because it sells in very small numbers these days. At it’s peak, it probably could sell more than the 5GT… however, BMW have had to partner with Toyota in order to be able to develop a platform for it in a cost effective manner. Basically, there is a better business case for BMW to develop the GT models, than there is cars like the Z4, so I don’t accept at all that sales figures, or investment required, is enough of an issue to get rid of them.

            I disagree with you that the 5GT’s purpose could be satisfied by other cars of the brand. I think you are trying to pigeon-hole the car between other models – that’s not what it’s about. It offers a combination of aspects, that on their own are available in other separate BMW’s, but not all together in the same car – in other words, you’d always have to compromise. An X5 might have the storage space, but not everyone wants a more expensive SUV, the more expensive 7 series has the passenger space, but doesn’t have the luggage space. The F11 is about 8% cheaper, but doesn’t have the passenger space and/or luggage space. The X3 might be closer on paper, but it’s hardly the same thing and like I say before, not everyone wants an SUV.

            I do agree they should get the choice in America, because I agree with choice. Though based on past figures, I don’t think the GT or Touring is going to do that well over there.

            The fact you call it “ugly” in every other paragraph tells me that it doesn’t matter what the objective characteristics of the car are, you will still base your whole judgement of it on a subjective characteristic, but that’s fine… we’re all entitled to our opinions, high-five.

  2. raleedy says:

    The Touring is not there for the U.S. market. All we get is this pig.

  3. jason bourne says:

    It may be sleeker, but it’s still one ridiculous looking car.

  4. John says:

    LOL So it’s sleeker looking, but has the same proportions?

  5. BMW JEDI says:

    Looks like a bloated Prius. :(

  6. Senne says:

    Which means (once again) it won’t look anything like this awful, stupid, ridiculous, pointless, useless rendering.

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  8. Demosthenes says:

    So when is the release date for the new 5 series?

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