BMW Shooting Brake Previewed

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
bmw shooting brake previewed

Rendered speculation at Motor Authority by the usually on-point Schulte Design shows us a new Bimmer that is neither fish nor fowl. Let's savor this latest X-6-esque, "what the Hell is this supposed to be?" moment. This is not (nor will it ever be) the 3-series coupe. It's not a 1-series hatch. It's not a two-door X3 coupe. It's a shooting brake! It's not clear if the, uh, hatch will earn this model a premium over the regular 3-series coupe, or if it's some kind of weird ass budget model. This indecision is reflected perfectly in the car's incoherent rear-quarter, with Banglian lines and surfaces evoking bad memories of the Z3 coupe. The X6 shows that BMW is trying to infill its product lines with new packaging, and this study continues that trend. As nice as it is to get a gander at the face of the new 3-series (if that's what this is), I'd rather BMW leave this one in Munich and send over a 1-series hatch instead.

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  • Turkeey Turkeey on Apr 24, 2008

    I like it quite a bit - the headlights do a nice job of drawing your eyes away from the gaping intake holes... If this is the basis for the next 3 series, I would definitely buy it.

  • David C. Holzman David C. Holzman on Apr 24, 2008

    I like it

  • Pariah Pariah on Apr 25, 2008

    The all new BMW Scirocco?

  • SupaMan SupaMan on Apr 25, 2008

    I too am somewhat intrigued by the styling. It's certainly different in that "concept car" sense and adds a very strong presence to the vehicle. If this is where 3 series styling is headed I'd say go for it.