First, let me start by saying that I have no idea why this is such big news and many of the automotive blogs are reporting this. The Progressive Activity Sedan received the green light a long time ago and it's in the final stages of testing. The PAS Concept will be unveiled within the next few weeks, so we are definitely closer to a production car than to a pre-approval stage.
I am also not so clear on the fact why they keep calling the PAS a 5 Series GT, which clearly is not what BMW will advertise the car as.
But regardless, let's focus on BMW Progressive Activity Sedan and see what's new. Autocar says that a BMW senior told them that the PAS is "one of the bravest designs ever signed off by BMW". What we learned from our sources is that BMW sees the Progressive Activity Sedan as a new automotive solution in the luxury segment. The Progressive Activity Sedan will not compromise on it's Inherited BMW DNA which means Dynamics,Performance , refinement and Efficiency will be what you expect from a car badged as a BMW clothed in a futuristic sleek body and an intuitive forward thinking interior.
To continue with Autocar's coverage on the PAS, their sources suggested that BMW is aware of an "ageing population who now find conventional saloons' seat positions too low for comfort. " Pretty much in line with what we reported back in September when we said that "the Progressive Activity Sedan is an individual solution for the progressive individual who has become bored of a regular sedan and SUV but with no compromise on driver enjoyment. "
According to them, people that have seen the concept, describe the PAS slightly longer than a 5-series saloon and just shorter than a 7-series. We also know that it will be longer than the X6, measuring around 192.91 inch.
The interesting part in their article is where they report that PAS offers the same rear leg room as a new long-wheelbase 7-series. Quite interesting and something that I look forward to verify myself. The interior design is said to following the one in the new BMW Z4, with a wide center console and a "relaxing, semi-raised position" of the front seats.
Other than that, nothing new so far, we already know the PAS will be powered by the twin-turbo 3.0 liter and the a twin-turbo V8 will be available, along with an EfficientDynamics engine, most likely the 3.0 liter diesel.
What's next? Pricing and official photos, and we should see the first shots very very soon.
[Source: Autocar ]