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Arrow F3 test mule at Nürburgring



NURBURG, Germany — A new BMW test mule has hit the Nürburgring, and it may be the first sign that BMW's long-rumored V Series crossover is in development.

Although Mercedes-Benz hasn't exactly enjoyed overwhelming success with its R-Class crossover, that doesn't seem to be deterring BMW from getting into the game.

Based on a modified BMW 3 Series Sport Wagon body, this prototype looks far more car-based than a previous mule we spotted for the next-generation BMW X3. The X3 mule had a tall off-road ride height, while this latest mule sits much lower. A cross between a traditional wagon and a sport-utility, the BMW V Series is ultimately expected to offer three rows of seats in a boxy, yet non-minivan-like body.

This prototype's unique front bumper may have some BMW M3 overtones, but its overall design appears to be original.

What this means to you: Let's hope BMW can keep the V Series from treading too far into minivan territory.

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I dont get it. It looks just like a 3 series wagon. Is it bigger or something. Whats diiferent about it
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that is the beauty of marketing, it fools most people!

crossovers have been around for awhile. here are some other names you may recognize:

station wagon, minivan, SUV (4x4), 'touring' models, and now crossovers!
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that is the beauty of marketing, it fools most people!

crossovers have been around for awhile. here are some other names you may recognize:

station wagon, minivan, SUV (4x4), 'touring' models, and now crossovers!
Exactly!!! Just like Toyota created a new name for their car called "Lexus" to make people think it's different so they can jack-up the prices meanwhile it's still freaking TOYOTA... Same goes to other Japanese car company.
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crossover, isn't that a station wagon?

BMW engineers need to back away from the pipe.

Guess these were ahead of their time as 'crossovers'







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What is the point of this???
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Great, so this is a photo of the Merc that BMW is setting it's sights after with this new V-Series. Awesome, sign me up . This is BMW jumping into another pointless segment to dilute the brand. Maybe it is just me, but I don't think BMW needs to create a model for every single person in the world.
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Great, so this is a photo of the Merc that BMW is setting it's sights after with this new V-Series. Awesome, sign me up . This is BMW jumping into another pointless segment to dilute the brand. Maybe it is just me, but I don't think BMW needs to create a model for every single person in the world.
Not quite. BMW has said already that F5 will be nowhere close to R-class, which looks like hearse.
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F5 PAS vs. R-class
PAS will be 10 cm lower
PAS will be at least 100kg lighter
PAS will be a bit shorter (5 - 10 cm = 2 - 4 inches)
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Not quite. BMW has said already that F5 will be nowhere close to R-class, which looks like hearse.
Good to hear, but it will still be hard for them to make cool looking vehicle for this segment. I will be surprised if I actually get excited about it and have a desire to ever drive it. I am afraid we are getting to the point where BMW is going to start making cars that I would never want to drive and that don't excite me in the least bit. That bothers me a little.
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