The 5 Series Gran Turismo, or GT for short, is an attempt to combine facets of three different existing BMWs in order to create something new.
It takes its name and similar range position from the 5 Series, has essentially all the length and space of a luxury saloon, and nearly as much luggage capacity and high-seat as an X5 . You can watch our video of the GT being revealed at the .
It is also intended to offer the style-conscious customer a coupé-like roofline. Whether the overall visual effect convinces you is a matter of personal preference, but to us it does look a bit of a mish-mash.
Luxury equipment levels
Still, there’s no arguing with the specification. The 5 Series GT takes 7 Series-quality interior detailing – metal switches, hidden ‘Black Panel’ instrument display – and adds a remarkable amount of standard hi-tech kit.
Four-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, metallic paint, USB connection, ambient lighting and heated front seats are all included, while side- and rear-view cameras are available as options alongside night vision and active cruise control.
It also benefits from the full range of ‘Efficient Dynamics’ green technologies, and has BMW’s ‘Drive Dynamic Control’ active chassis and air suspension as standard.
The car also features a new eight-speed automatic gearbox, an unusual – for a premium marque – sliding back seat arrangement, and a boot lid concept similar to that found on the latest .
By moving as much as 100mm, the rear seat balances storage space against legroom as required, offering 7 Series-sized passenger space at its most extreme.
The boot lid is a two-part system, allowing the 5 Series GT to function as a saloon or a hatchback. And since the rear seats also fold flat, this makes it one of the most versatile BMWs ever.
It remains to be seen if customers will accept the GT, however. After all, Mercedes’ record with the ‘unusual’ R-class doesn’t inspire the greatest confidence, and somehow the 5 Series GT rather reminds us of the Vauxhall Signum.
Still, with a cutting-edge range of turbocharged engines – 530d turbodiesel, plus 535i and 550i turbo petrols, a 400- to 1700-litre luggage capacity and CO2 emissions as low as 173g/km, the 5 Series Gran Turimso looks set to do its best to win over customers.
It goes on sale in October, and is expected to cost from around £40,000.
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