BMW released photos and details of a new concept it will launch at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show. This concept attempts to create a new automotive segment, something BMW calls the Progressive Activity Sedan.
A station wagon by any other name...
Just as with the X6, BMW attempts to create a new automotive segment with this 5 series Gran Turismo concept, but we can't help thinking BMW is merely reinventing the station wagon. BMW calls this concept a Progressive Activity Sedan, emphasizing its performance and utility.
The concept sits higher than the current 5 series sedan, allowing room in front for an air intake below the bumper and giving the passengers an elevated seating position. Although BMW hasn't released engine specs, we would expect the twin turbo 3-liter six cylinder as one choice.
The press release on the concept makes much of the dual action tailgate, which can be opened completely (as shown in this picture) or just the bottom part can be flipped up, allowing more sedan-like access to the cargo area. The rear seats also fold down, increasing cargo space.