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2010 BMW 5-Series GT: More Photos, More Details

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2010 BMW 5-Series GT

2010 BMW 5-Series GT

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We've shown you photos of the Geneva motor show concept--now, the 2010 BMW 5-Series GT has been confirmed in a raft of new photos and releases that detail its engine and features for the first time.

Visually, the 2010 5-Series GT is virtually identical to that Geneva concept. It's a striking, controversial blend of wagon, SUV and fastback cues. The 5-Series GT takes a niche between the 2009 BMW 7-Series and theX6 and X5 utility vehicles, and takes its interior cuesa from those cars, too, with a warmer interior than we're used to seeing from BMW of late.

The chief powertrains for U.S.-bound GTs is BMW's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, with 400 horsepower and a new eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW promises 0-60 mph times of 5.4 seconds and a limited top speed of 130 mph, with a 150-mph top end on vehicles outfitted with a Sport package. A braking-energy regeneration system turns dissipated heat into additional power for the alternator. It's an all-independent suspension, with plenty of electronic assistance--there's Active Steering, Dynamic Damping Control, adaptive roll control  and Driving Dynamics Control, to tailor the driving experience for different tastes.

The 2010 5-Series GT is fitted with a flexible interior, an elevated seating position and a second-row seat that moves fore and aft on a track up to 4 inches, as passenger and cargo needs change. The back seats also fold out of the way for 58 cubic feet of stow space, and can fold individually for split cargo/passenger room. The tailgate opens as a conventional trunklid or as a large hatch, making cargo loading easier.

Standard safety features will include front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control; Brake Standby and Brake Drying, which are said to improve stopping performance; and wheels and tires in 18-, 19-, and 20-inch sizes that can be ordered as run-flat tires. BMW Assist and accident notification hardware is also included.

Features include adaptive headlights with automatic high beams; park-distance control; and dynamic cruise control. A navigation system is offered, as is a music hard drive and satellite radio; Active Steering and Adaptive Drive are options, along with a luxury rear-seat package and a premium audio package; a rearview camera; soft-closing doors and a power liftgate; active ventilated seats; a cold-weather package; and night vision and a head-up display.

Stay with TheCarConnection.com as we cover the 5er GT from the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, and as we put the 2010 BMW 5-Series GT through its paces later this year.

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  1. "not quite butt..."

    Very practical, but not the image americans have of BMW. We will never see it on our shores. Dealers ask for new product, but won't order these.
     
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