By on June 2, 2008

bmw_3_pas_s_ttac_01_02.jpgThe 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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13 Comments on “TTAC Photochop: BMW 3-Series PAS...”

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    It’s nose looks… well just plain bad. That grill is hideous. Other than that it doesn’t look too terrible.

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    Martin Schwoerer

    Here’s the first job for Bangle’s successor: find an alternative to BMW’s nostrils. Jeez, as much a I hate it to look down somebody’s nose, I hate BMW’s idea of an automobile’s face.

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    Can someone please explain what “flame-surfacing” actually means?? Did someone burn the paint?

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    What does the term progressive activity sedan really mean to people? I think I’ll PAS.

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    @ Opus
    “Flame-surfacing” is a design technique used by BMW designers to create a fire-like effect by alternating convex and concave curves that suddenly turn into sharp lines. More or less..

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    Sounds like a PAS is something akin to a hatchback with 4 passenger doors. See the Chevy Citation, Mazda 626, and lots of old Saabs for examples.

    PS Don’t let BMW know who I am, they may send a hitman for what I just said.

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    I think the acronym is wrong. I’d suggest POS.

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    @ Jason
    LOL! Good one!

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    They will do anything to avoid calling it what it obviously is: a hatchback.

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    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?

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    > “And don’t shoot the messenger.”

    For making me look at that abomination, I would gladly shoot the messenger and his horse. :-)

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    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.

  • avatar
    Michael Ayoub

    I’m waiting for the Libertarian Activity Sedan.

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