Future Cars

2010 BMW V5 – Sneak Preview 2008

[cars name="BMW"]‘s upcoming “progressive activity sedan” will join the X6 “sports activity coupe” on the list of vehicles attempting to tap into niches that you didn’t even know existed. This tall sedan-cum-hatchback puts an emphasis on rear-seat room, with styling taking its own back seat.

The V5 gets its platform from the next 5-series, and it will be available in either a four- or five-seat configuration. The V5 mixes visual elements from both the X6 and the 5-series, and it attempts to combine those cars’ missions. Rear-seat occupants will be treated to roominess rivaling that of the 7-series. The cargo opening can open either like a hatchback or hinge at the base of the rear window like a traditional sedan’s trunk.

A choice of three turbocharged engines will be offered: a 3.0-liter in-line six, a 4.0-liter V-8, and a 3.0-liter diesel. All engines will be mated to a new ZF-developed, eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.

THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MINIVAN: We admire most of BMW’s lineup, but this just seems like overkill. Does the world really need three SUV/SAC/crossover vehicles (X5, X6, V5) based on the 5-series? Especially if they all look about the same?