Innovative BMW 5 Series GT
BMW has hailed the 5 Series Gran Turismo as combining an understated coupé-like silhouette to the luxurious interior of a 7 Series while offering the functionality of a 5 Series Touring or X5.
The 19th distinct model shape to be offered in the BMW portfolio has a vehicle length nearly on par with a 7 Series to create a greater feeling of interior space. Boot space can be enhanced from 440 litres up to 1,700 litres, only 50 litres less than the X5 and the second largest space compared to all current BMWs.
The 5 Series GT, which goes on sale in Europe in October, is available as either a four-seat executive specification car for a luxurious, spacious feel or in a five-seat SE configuration for a blend of sophistication and practicality.
Its most innovative feature is a two-piece tailgate, a first in the premium segment: an option to choose between two ways of opening the rear of the vehicle depending on the objects needed to be stowed.
Black Panel technology first shown on the BMW 7 Series features on the GT for an added touch of luxury. The signature piece of design allows the displays of the centre console to double as a stylish trim. The electronic displays are visible through the Black Panel technology when needed, but are discreet enough to form a stylish black band across the interior. Control switches in galvanised metal are set into the centre console by way of contrast.
Three class-leading engines power the three models available at launch: a 530d, a 535i and a 550i.
All cars come as standard with BMW's new eight-speed automatic gearbox announced earlier this year on the 760Li. The all-new transmission is six per cent more fuel efficient than the previous six-speed automatic, yet it is as compact and weighs the same.
The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo comes with many of the 'Efficient Dynamics' technologies already shown on other BMWs. Brake energy regeneration, which recharges the vehicle's battery during engine over-run, is standard. On-demand control of the car's ancillary units, such as the electrical coolant pump and the powering steering pump, can all be decoupled to save draining power from the engine. Active aerodynamics also plays a part in the range's performance and efficiency by closing off flaps behind the kidney grilles to improve the aerodynamics of the car.
All cars come as standard with 'Drive Dynamic Control' which allows the driver to fine-tune the chassis configuration to suit their needs as far as steering assistance, throttle response and gear change characteristics are concerned.
Double wishbone front suspension and an integral V rear axle with air suspension provide the occupants with a composed ride. The car is also available with integral active steering instead of the standard hydraulic steering configuration, with 'Servotronic' assistance for enhanced driving dynamics and comfort.
Dakota leather upholstery, four-zone air-conditioning, panoramic sunroof and metallic paint are included. A USB audio interface, ambient lighting and heated front seats are also standard.