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2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

Combining the attributes of a wagon and crossover, the 2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo offers loads of space for people and cargo. Based on the normal 5-Series sedan, the controversially-styled GT replaces the 535i xDrive wagon in BMW’s lineup.

The 5-Series Gran Turismo recently benefited from a mid-life update that includes of slightly redesigned headlights, a redrawn front bumper, more rounded tail lamps and extra trim pieces all around.

2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo front

2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

The GT offers the same rear-seat legroom as the 7-Series full-size sedan and the same rear-seat headroom as the X5 SUV, while still maintaining 15.4 cubic feet of cargo space. If more cargo room is needed the rear seats can be moved forward four inches — leaving the same rear-seat legroom as the 5-Series sedan — creating 20.7 cubic feet of cargo room. For all-out hauling duties, the rear seats can be folded flat, revealing a cavernous 59.5 cubic feet of space.

Interior touches include an optional panoramic sunroof, fully adjustable rear seats and a dual-function trunk lid — the latter intended to open wide for larger object but keep the cabin isolated when a standard trunk opening will do.

2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo profile

2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

In true premium car fashion, the 2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo has a number of available features, including BMW’s ConnectedDrive, a unique feature that includes Cruise Control with Stop and Go, a High-Beam Assistant, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, BMW Night Vision with detection of individual persons, Side View, Top View and a back-up camera.

The GT is available with a choice of forced-induction six- and eight-cylinder engines, both of which team up with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while those looking for extra traction inclement weather can spec xDrive, the company’s all-wheel-drive system.

2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo rear

2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

The 535i GT is powered by a turbocharged and direct-injected 3.0-liter inline-six that produces 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. This engine returns 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway (18/27 mpg with xDrive) and propels the car from zero-to-60 mpg in just over six seconds.

The 550i GT packs a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that was upgraded for the latest model year with BMW’s Valvetronic variable valve timing and lift system. The change increases output by 45 horsepower and 30 lb-ft of torque for totals of 445 ponies and 480 lb-ft. Fuel economy is rated at 15/22 mpg for both the standard and xDrive-equipped models, and the zero-to-60 mph sprint is achieved in under 5.5 seconds.

2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo interior

2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

In order to ensure the 2014 BMW 5-Series GT handles like a true BMW, it comes equipped with the automaker’s Dynamic Drive Control, while the optional Adaptive Drive further ensures the GT’s sporty nature. All 5-Series GT models come standard with dual front, side and front and rear side-curtain airbags as well as traction and stability control systems…

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring

Over the last 25 years or so, the story of station wagons in the U.S. has been a sad one. Sales plunged with the advent of the minivan in the early/mid 1980s, and the wagon’s fate was seemingly cemented when—of all things—the SUV picked up buyers tired of the sliding-door stigma.

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring front

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring

It’s not as if there‘s a shortage of capable station wagons on the global market. As you probably know, European customers often prefer spacious five-door wagons over the executive sedans on which they are based. Three of the most popular and luxurious models are the Audi A6 Avant, the BMW 5-series Touring (known here as the Sports Wagon), and the Mercedes-Benz E-class wagon. To renew the fight in Europe—but not here, since this Bimmer won’t be imported to the U.S.—BMW will launch its next-gen 5er Touring at the Leipzig, Germany, auto show in early April.

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring profile

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring

It‘s a pity that we won’t get it, because the look of the new Touring is an improvement over that of its funky predecessor; the new model is almost coupe/fastback-like, and it’s even more elegant than the handsome if somewhat bland sedan. Furthermore, it is certainly easier on the eye than the chunky 5-series Gran Turismo.

There are clear practical advantages to the new 5-series Touring: It fits up to 60 cubic feet of luggage with the rear seats completely folded down—they also fold in a one-third/two-thirds split arrangement—and if you need to carry passengers, the rear seats can be adjusted to seven different positions. The rear window can be opened separately and swings upwards at the push of a button.

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring rear

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring

On the German home market, BMW initially will offer four engines, including two diesels and two gasoline-powered units. The lowest-output diesel is the 520d, which uses a 181-hp, 2.0-liter four. There also is the 530d with a 242-hp, 3.0-liter diesel inline-six. Both gas engines are inline-six units; the entry-level version is the 523i with a naturally aspirated 201-hp, 3.0-liter engine, and the range is topped by the 535i with its 302-hp, 3.0-liter single-turbo unit.

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring interior

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring

All models come with a six-speed manual as the standard transmission, while the new, ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic is optional. This latter’s shift programming is such that it offsets the weight penalty and the power lost in the torque converter, and equipped with this automatic, all six-cylinder versions use less fuel in the European cycle than with the manual gearbox.

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring interior

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring

BMW is likely to introduce a V-8–powered 550i version of the Touring, and we expect the company to launch another M5 Touring as well, since big-power wagons have a cult-like following in Europe, and BMW won’t want to miss out on this lucrative market. The wagon versions of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and the Audi RS6 lie in wait; the latest generation of the Mercedes was launched recently, and Audi just introduced a new twist on the RS6 Avant that runs to an ungoverned 187 mph. The gauntlet has been thrown, BMW.

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring trunk

2014 BMW 5-Series Touring

If you’re an American fan of this 5-series Touring, may we suggest you console yourself at your local Audi or Cadillac dealer? After all, if more folks buy stuff like the A6 Avant or CTS Sport Wagon, perhaps BMW could be convinced to change its mind.

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo

Snowboarding, mountain-biking and kayaking families need look no further. BMW revealed its most practical 3 Series ever, and no, it’s not the new Wagon. BMW has expanded the 3 Series range in every sense of the word by adding the all-new Gran Turismo to the line-up.
Described as a more practical and spacious 3 Series, it has a higher hip-point that purports to retain all the dynamics of its sedan, while adding more practicality. Lots of it. Or so BMW tells us. Although in reality it’s not so straightforward since the 3 Series DNA is somewhat unrecognizable.

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo front

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo


In the flesh it looks as big as it feels. The 3 GT’s swollen dimensions add gravitas as well as awkwardness to its lines. It’s a fastback that looks SUV-lite in its stance.

Best seen in the M Sport trim, it has more aggressive front intakes, larger 19″ wheels and a revised rear bumper. The flanks have an additional feature line to break up what might otherwise be slab sides, and the boomerang-shaped ‘breather’ behind the front wheel isn’t just a visual trick, but is claimed to smooth turbulent airflow over the front wheels to benefit economy.

Key to the increased scale is the wheelbase stretch that adds a whopping 4.3″ over the sedan, resulting in rear legroom to rival its big brother, the 7 Series.

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo profile

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo

The trunk can swallow more than the 3 Series Wagon, although the tapering roofline might be a hindrance. Yet it’s undeniably capacious, and it feels big; the cabin is similar to the Sedan but with more head-, shoulder- and legroom. And the occupants are perched higher, too.

BMW reckons the additional space comes without any loss in driving dynamics. At least, that’s what it says publicly. Privately they admitted its extra usefulness brings a softer side but the M Sport version we drove was able to mask it. The 19″ wheels, M Sport adaptive suspension and stiffer anti-roll bars made it feel decidedly sporty. The car also sat 10mm lower than a regular GT, which normally sits 25mm higher than the sedan.

No amount of suspension could disguise the GT’s additional bulk, and the stretched wheelbase slowed its cornering turn-in response. However, the 335i’s familiar N55 3.0-litre turbo engine countered our misgivings. The smooth yet ferocious delivery was addictive, and loosening the electronic safety net allowed the rear wheels to help the fronts find their cornering angle.

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo rear

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo

We were almost surprised that you can drive the GT in extremis, but it’s best enjoyed as its name suggests – as a grand tourer. The refinement and extra interior space creates a relaxed attitude and the eight-speed automatic transmission ensures the engine remains quiet unless it’s prodded.

Whether there’s a gap in the market between the 3 Series Sedan and Wagon remains to be seen, but active families who are looking for versatility, comfort and performance might want to consider the GT over some of the crossover competitors.

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo interior

2014 BMW 3-Series Gran Turismo

The 3 Series Gran Turismo arrives this summer as both a 328i and 335i.

2014 BMW 335i Gran Turismo M Sport line

2014 BMW 335I Gran Turismo Passenger Side Profile

Layout Front-mounted, RWD

Engine 2979cc inline-six 24v N55 TwinPower Turbo with twin-scroll turbo, direct injection and fully variable valve control

Transmission eight-speed ZF automatic

Suspension strut and wishbones f, five-link r, adaptive M Sport suspension

Brakes single-piston calipers f & r, 340mm rotors f, 330mm r (optional 370mm f, 345 mm r M Sport rotors)

Wheels & Tires 18×8″, 225/50 R18 (optional 19×8″ f, 19×9″ r, 225/45 R19 f, 255/40 R19 r)

Power 300hp at 5800rpm

Torque 300 lb-ft at 1200-5000rpm

0-62mph 5.4sec

Top Speed 155mph (limited)

Weight 3802 lb

2014 Toyota Tundra

The 2014 Toyota Tundra quiets those who say it needed to be refreshed. The third-generation full-size pickup ushers in a redesigned front grille, and hood that’s more defined than the outgoing model it’s replacing. Toyota says it was going for an “industrial image,” and the new Tundra definitely conveys that. As if it wasn’t big before, Toyota has expanded the front fascia even more to highlight the Tundra’s wide stance. Some other new features on the 2014 Toyota Tundra include a Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, chrome door handles and mirror covers on the Limited trim, heated and ventilated seats, parking sonar, and navigation on the Platinum trim. A back-up camera and Bluetooth are now standard too on all models as well. Most significantly, the Tundra gets an all-new and upscale-looking interior.

2014 Toyota Tundra

2014 Toyota Tundra


Like muscle cars, the truck segment commands a fiercely loyal customer base. The 2014 Toyota Tundra is squarely for those who are in need of a truck but don’t necessarily have any ties to the Detroit Three (Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler). We don’t foresee the all-new Tundra knocking the Ford F-150 off its sales perch anytime soon, but it could give the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra a run for its collective money. We’ve already seen what the Tundra can do when it pulled the space shuttle Endeavour a few months back. Now it’s time to see if the Tundra can keep up with the rest of the competition in everyday life.

2014 Toyota Tundra

2014 Toyota Tundra

The previous generation Tundra sported an oversized body that has plagued vehicles in the United States for years now. That’s no longer the case as the exterior now appears to be more lean with a focus on getting everyday work done. Some new features on the 2014 Toyota Tundra include:

2014 Toyota Tundra interior

2014 Toyota Tundra interior

A redesigned exterior that highlights stronger bodylines and an overall leaner look.
Back-up camera and Bluetooth now standard on all models.
Segment-first safety features like Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Crossing Traffic Alert.
A 3.5-inch multi-information display screen located in the instrument cluster.

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