BMW 5-Series GT Concept: Giving Bangle's Rear A Lift

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Our friends at BMWblog got photos from the preview of the 2009 BMW 5-Series GT Concept prior to its official debut in Geneva. Thankfully Bangle finally moved aside so we can show the new design.

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Illustration for article titled BMW 5-Series GT Concept: Giving Bangles Rear A Lift
Illustration for article titled BMW 5-Series GT Concept: Giving Bangles Rear A Lift
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Illustration for article titled BMW 5-Series GT Concept: Giving Bangles Rear A Lift
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Illustration for article titled BMW 5-Series GT Concept: Giving Bangles Rear A Lift
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Illustration for article titled BMW 5-Series GT Concept: Giving Bangles Rear A Lift

What we've been referring to as the Progressive Activity Sedan has now been revealed as the BMW 5-Series GT Concept prior to the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. It blends the styling characteristics of the 2009 7-series and the CS Concept that made its debut in Shanghai two years ago.

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The wheelbase is close to the 2009 7-series sedan's 120.9 inches allowing for an extremely roomy interior space with a large capacity rear cargo area. The kidney grille up front shares the proportions of the 7 series along with the shape of the tail lamps. The headlights take more than just a little influence from the now canceled CS Concept. The coupe-like roof line finishes off in a hatchback-style trunk area with a pretty neat closure. The full hatch opens to reveal a large cargo area, but a secondary smaller tailgate opens to reveal a convenient pass through for smaller items.

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We'll bring you more information as it becomes available. Stay tuned for the latest in the 2009 5-Series GT Concept saga a.k.a. the biggest elephant in the room.
(Hat Tip to Jaime!)

[via bmwblog]

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DISCUSSION

In fairness and for the benefit of all, it should be pointed out that this new whatchamacallit is not wholly without merit. For instance:

1. The champagne gold (so says I, at least) paint looks fantastic, and that's in artificial light. Parked outside and bathed in sunshine, I've no doubt it would stop even the colorblind dead in their tracks. A top-drawer color I'd love to see in production.

2. For those of us who feared the auto industry no longer employed graphic designers, the rear "GT" emblem gives us reason to hope.

3. Back in Olden Times, BMW was run by only the most dour and humorless of Bavarians. Unable to experience pleasure of any sort, they forbade from their cars anything lacking practical applicability to everyday situations or maintaining 140 mph on the Autobahn. The first rate industrial design of the GT's trick trunk is a pleasing echo of those halcyon days, and if nobody else appreciates it, at least anyone with a bad back should.

4. A corollary to #3, I suspect that BMW has identified a new market, using the GT's cargo area access options of quick or contortion-free as the unique selling point. As this is a heretofore untapped segment of the car buying public, BMW will have the arena all to themselves, at least for a while. But in the meantime, on-the-go back pain sufferers looking for the convenience of the Skoda Superb Twindoor, but in something overpriced, portly and flame-surfaced will flock to their nearest BMW dealer.