BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo unveiled

* Four or five-seat capacity * Prices to start at around 40,000 * On sale in October...

BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo unveiled
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What Car? Staff
22 May 2009 17:00

BMW has released more details of the production version of its 5 Series Gran Turismo.

As expected, it differs very little from the concept car unveiled at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, with different wheels and door mirrors the only significant changes.

BMW says the car combines coupe styling with a luxury car cabin and hatchback practicality. The 5 Series Gran Turismo is nearly as long as a 7 Series and BMW says that it offers 'the second greatest amount of legroom offered by any BMW.'

Four- or five-seat versions will be available, depending on trim, but both get the same distinctive tailgate. It's a similar system to that used by the latest Skoda Superb, where a smaller section opens in the same way as a conventional saloon, or the whole tailgate lifts, hatchback-style.

BMW will launch the car with a choice of three engines: the 530d has a 242bhp 3.0-litre diesel engine, the 535i has a 302bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol engine and the 550i has a 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine with 401bhp.

All versions come with BMW's new eight-speed automatic gearbox and have some of BMW's 'Efficient Dynamics' systems to keep fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as low as possible. The 530d achieves an average 43.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 173g/km.

Standard equipment will be lavish and all versions will have leather upholstery, four-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and metallic paint.

Full pricing for the 5 Series GT has yet to be confirmed, but BMW says the cheapest model will cost around 40,000 when it goes on sale in October.