PAS once just stood for "power assisted steering," but now BMW has reprogrammed the initials and states categorically that they mean Progressive Activity Sedan and that the phrase describes its new Concept 5 Series Gran Turismo.
Shown for the first time to the public at the Geneva Motor Show and unveiled to the media in Munich by BMW’s departing Director of Group Design Chris Bangle (the new director is Adrian van Hooydonk), the concept has styling cues that reflect the BMW X6, with a coupe-like roofline and four individual seats.
Revealing it, BMW decided not to indulge in understatement: "In a combination never seen before on any other car, the characteristic features of a prestigious sedan, a modern and versatile SUV, and a classic Gran Turismo are all united in this unique concept car."
The concept has a two-piece tailgate and a maximum load capacity of 1650 L (58.3 ft³) with rear seats folded, 430 L (15.2 ft³) with them in place.
It is clear that BMW is out to woo buyers from sedan, SUV, and wagon sectors of the market. The rear seats have 100 mm (3.9 in) of longitudinal adjustment that facilitates a luggage capacity of 570 L (20.1 ft³) with driver and three passengers on board.
A panoramic roof is fitted to the concept, and its seats are positioned slightly higher than those of a regular 5 Series model.
The dashboard incorporates a 10.2-in screen and black-panel technology. A center console extends into the rear of the car. Rear-seat passengers have similar legroom to that provided in the rear of a 7 Series and approximately the same headroom as that in an X5.
The concept’s headlamps incorporate an LED corona ring daylight driving system. Windows are frameless.