BMW hatches three-in-one

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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.

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