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BMW Unveils Updated 5-Series GT and Concept X4

Broadening the range.

by on Nov.20, 2013

Like the bigger X6, the BMW Concept X4 aims to blend the genes of a sport-ute and a sport coupe.

The coming of the new BMW 4-Series Convertible created most of the pre-show buzz around the German maker’s appearance at the annual Los Angeles Auto Show. But BMW also has two other significant models, the Concept X4 and 5-Series Gran Turismo, making their North American debuts in L.A.

The BMW Concept X4 is meant to offer a preview of the future of the German maker’s X family, BMW designers looking to find a genetic balance, if you will, between a sport-ute and a coupe.  The show car gives a good hint as to what will come when the production X4 launches down the line at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina next year.

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In addition to its long hood, short overhangs, swept roof and cab-rearward layout, the overall appearance of the Concept X4 is intended to capture the sportiness of a traditional BMW coupe, with familiar styling cues such as the split kidney grille and stylized twin circular headlights.

That’s not to say that the coupe-like crossover is just a design retread.

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First Look: BMW Concept 5 Gran Turismo

In with the new car, out with the old designer

by on Feb.14, 2009

Last starring role: Bangle with Concept 5 GT

Last starring role: Bangle with Concept 5 GT

It was in with the new car and out with the old designer. Unveiling the Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo was the last ‘performance’ of BMW’s design chief Chris Bangle.

The 52-year-old Bangle announced he’ll be leaving his employer of 17 years at the end of this month, though his successor, Adrian van Hooydonk, is already at the helm as BMW’s global design chief.

“I am not here to talk about myself, but to talk about the car,” said Bangle, who was filling in for van Hooydonk, who was living up to an old appointment he had in New York. And what Bangle revealed, was that the Concept 5 is a thinly-disguised version of the 5 Series Gran Turismo, that will bow at the IAA in Frankfurt in September – and go into production soon after.

With the Gran Turismo, BMW is targeting upscale customers, who have grown out of minivans and SUVs and are looking for an elegant alternative with lots of room and a high degree of practicality. BMW even designates the GT – known internally as the Progressive Activity Sedan – a car to create a new niche.

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