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1996 328ti
02-16-2007, 08:45 AM
http://www.motortrend.com/features/auto_news/2007/112_0703_bmw_3_series_sportvan


Sportvans are the next big thing at BMW. In 2005, the Bavarian automaker confirmed it would build a sportvan/MPV/wagon based on the X5 (itself based on the 5 Series). The vehicle was developed under the working title RFK, but we believe it'll be called F5. Now comes word that BMW is planning a similar vehicle based off its 3 Series-called F3-though the company's board hasn't given it the green light, yet. BMW is expected to launch the F5 in mid-2009 and, if approved, the F3 the following year.

Both would be five-door, five-passenger vehicles with rear or all-wheel drive offered. They're designed to be sporty and yet capacious, with ride and handling to BMW sedan standards. They'll eschew larger wheels and tires that add unsprung weight as well as high centers of gravity that diminish ride and handling quality.

Engines in the F3 would likely match standard, non-M3 engines from the 3 Series; the 235-horsepower, 3.0-liter six and the 300-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0. A diesel option for the States, given BMW's plans to sell them here also is a good bet.
I remember hearing about this a couple years ago when we toured the plant.
I'm guessing the plant is being retooled for this.

ErikT
02-16-2007, 11:01 AM
I'm a little suprised. I didn't think Benz was doing very well with their attempt at a minivan? I just question the commercial viability of a $50K minivan in the States. I imagine someone with kids may argue otherwise.

mlytle
02-16-2007, 12:30 PM
folks with kids have already voted with their wallets. they are driving suv's. the mini-van market is dead in the us. all the other manufacturers are running away...leave it to bmw to try to join the party after the cops already broke it up....

OwnedbyDuncan
02-16-2007, 12:37 PM
Hey Chrysler mini van can cost you close to $40k. Something to compete with the R class. I guess BMW can get a tie in with certain men's mag with the M version of this disgrace to the Roundel when they call it the FM 3 and FM 5. Cause MF just wont work. Although driving my BMW Mofo5 has a nice ring to it!

Perfect car for driver's schools if you are an instructor you can take 8 willing students for a tear filled ride down the cute at Summit Point!

I am still waiting for a new version of the Defender to be sold in the US. The perfect vehicle for attending herding trials. Hopefully by that time Ford will sell Land Rover to someone else.

Dave Apker and the collies

1996 328ti
02-16-2007, 01:22 PM
folks with kids have already voted with their wallets. they are driving suv's. the mini-van market is dead in the us. all the other manufacturers are running away...leave it to bmw to try to join the party after the cops already broke it up....
Aren't SUVs loosing sales? Maybe it shouldn't be consider a sports van but a crossover vehicle? That seems to be the marketing term manufacturers use.

1996 328ti
02-16-2007, 01:47 PM
The photo looked like a bloated 1 series.

M-technik-3
02-19-2007, 12:31 AM
I will not buy a SUV, and prefer the MiniVan to a fat bloatted SUV. I wish we got the improved VW Transporters here. They just cost to much.