TTAC Photochop: BMW 3-Series PAS

Andrei Avarvarii
by Andrei Avarvarii
ttac photochop bmw 3 series pas

The relentless search for automotive niches is only getting started. BMW, for instance, will offer the next 3-Series as a sedan, wagon, coupe, convertible (with folding hard-top), shooting brake (two doors) and a compact PAS (Progressive Activity Sedan). They'll offer a total of three wagons, with light, strong and ultra-strong utility flavor. I can't say I mind the idea of a 3-Series shooting brake though, as I'm a huge fan of this body type. But that's another article. Right now, we're having a first look at their small PAS. What is PAS? Well they say it's sort of a crossover with plenty of room for all the family members and the dynamic capabilities to keep the male side happy (think X6 that shrank in the car wash). Expect the new BMW uber-grille (will be soon launched on the next 7-Series) and a more mature flame-surfacing treatment. And don't shoot the messenger.

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  • Thinx Thinx on Jun 02, 2008

    WTF, I mean WTF is a "Progressive Activity"? I am picturing a bunch of hemp-wearing intellectuals sitting around Cafe Strada in Berkeley, discussing some demented social engineering nonsense... But what the eff is a Progressive Activity Sedan?

  • Thinx Thinx on Jun 02, 2008

    > "And don't shoot the messenger." For making me look at that abomination, I would gladly shoot the messenger and his horse. :-)

  • Carsinamerica Carsinamerica on Jun 07, 2008

    Personally, I think they should have stuck with ST3 (for SportsTourer 3-Series), which was the original rumoured name for tall, hatchback-ish versions of the 3- and 5-Series (ST5), rather than this PAS business. There's supposed to be some sort of 5-Series PAS, too, if memory serves. Who can keep track w/ BMW anymore, though? Mind you, these won't be as tall as the V3 and V5 MPV-ish things, that may or may not ever be built. Rock on with the shooting brake, though. And I assume this means that we'll never see another 3-Series Kompact/Compact, now that the 1-Series is in town. Pity.

  • Michael Ayoub Michael Ayoub on Jul 06, 2008

    I'm waiting for the Libertarian Activity Sedan.