BMW hatches three-in-one
IT combines four-door coupe styling with a hatchback but BMW says it’s a prestige saloon, a sports activity vehicle and a classic Gran Turismo in one.
It features frameless windows, an upright BMW kidney grille, large air intakes and dual round headlights which are slanted back.
For the first time daytime driving lights are corona rings with LED technology. At the rear are L-shaped light clusters with illuminated rows of lights in LED technology.
BMW says there is a slightly elevated seating position and large window areas and in the standard position the rear seats offer the passengers the same kind of legroom as in the BMW 7 Series combined with the same headroom as in the X5.
In this configuration luggage capacity is 440 litres. When required, the rear seats can be moved individually to the front by up to 100mm with legroom still remaining the same as in the 5 Series sedan and an increase in luggage capacity to 590 litres. After folding down the rear-seat backrests together with the partition, space increases to its maximum capacity of 1700 litres.
The two-piece tailgate on the Gran Turismo can be a normal small, sedan-like luggage compartment lid beneath the rear window with the tailgate remaining closed. To load large and bulky objects, the entire tailgate can be opened.
In Europe there will be three engine choices: A 3.0-litre turbodiesel, a twin turbo 3.0-litre straight six and a twin turbo 4.4-litre V8. They will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Standard features include automatic airconditioning, an audio system, an AUX-In connector bush, and the Integrated Owner’s Manual.