On Friday night Motorwerks BMW in Minneapolis had a private unveiling of the all new for 2010 5-Series Gran Turismo. The car was a prototype build and thus was not for sale.
The car will be an all new model for BMW when it arrives on this side of the Atlantic in the spring. Riding on the 7-Series platform this car is truly large. The rear seats can move fore and aft to increase rear leg room or rear storage. The rear end features a trick hatch/tailgate that can be opened two ways. In trunk mode the rear will open with a stubby trunk lid and the inside of the car is still sealed not letting heat or cool air in or out. For larger items the rear can be opened in hatch mode where the whole rear end opens and is more exposed to the elements.
Styling of the 5-Series Gran Turismo foreshadows the upcoming all new 2010 5-Series. The interior is probably close to a spot on copy of the next generation 5-Series while the exterior front is close and the rear obviously the styling will be slightly different adapted for a sedan. The styling is obviously reflective of the new 7-Series with a blunt front end and BMW double kidney grills. I over heard many people excited about this car and I am sure it will be a huge hit for BMW. The fact is there is no real direct competitor currently. This is a whole new niche that, for the moment BMW has all to itself. I am sure that will not last long and the long awaited and rumored Audi A7 could end up being a direct hatchback competitor. This car is already had a few reviews done on it in Europe and the one thing that kept coming up was the frameless windows. Without full door frames wind noise at high speeds or even highway speeds could seep into the cabin. I will have to wait for a road test to see how that is dealt with but it is something of note. Price is not finalized at this time though I heard numbers of around or over $65k being thrown around quite a bit in the crowd though that is just hearsay definitely not legitimate numbers given by BMW. Stay tuned for a road test in the future of this segment bending vehicle.