BMW PAS – what I didn’t make clear

Posted by Paul Horrell at 11:37 am on Thursday October 9, 2008

I wrote a story this week about the BMW PAS. Reading the comments, I can see that I didn’t make myself clear. The PAS and the X1 are entirely separate cars. They just happen to launch on the market at roughly the same time, late next year.

The PAS is a sort of 5-series hatchback, with the sloping roofline of an X6, the two-part tailgate of a Skoda Superb and the sliding rear seats of a Citroen Picasso.

The X1 is a slightly smaller X3. Which – phew – is an easier thing to understand. If not to like.

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  1. catersam said...
    Thursday October 9, 2008 at 2:51 pm Link to comment Report comment

    what is this, the bmw vs merc niche competition?

  2. Kuang said...
    Thursday October 9, 2008 at 4:19 pm Link to comment Report comment

    I’m not sure if the images of the PAS floating around the net are real, but in at least one it seems to have inherited a mix of new Impreza and Renault Avantime from the C pillars back. I have no idea what they were smoking when that was signed off, but I’d imagine it was 3am and they’d just polished off their 4th Pizza.

    I think someone over in Munich is getting bored, and is now trying to fill imaginary niches in the hope of scoring outsider wins in some as yet unwritten Top Trumps deck.

    ‘Amount of cars designs cannibalised: 6′
    ‘Number of people who cared worldwide: 37′
    ‘Average time spent explaining it away in the pub: three hours or seven pints’

  3. Mikeado said...
    Friday October 10, 2008 at 12:39 pm Link to comment Report comment

    See Porsche, if all you do is give a hint of a Panamera, then rivals will copy you thinking you’ll never actually build it.

    Launch the Damn thing!!

  4. tyres said...
    Monday October 13, 2008 at 11:34 am Link to comment Report comment

    Not a not an other mini X3,BMW quit it!

  5. tyres said...
    Monday October 13, 2008 at 11:35 am Link to comment Report comment

    Not a not an other mini X3

  6. T_O said...
    Wednesday February 4, 2009 at 5:19 am Link to comment Report comment

    Pas looks like c5.
    Bangle’s gone. I respect the guy for having a vision but I don’t agree that engineers have no ideas of their own and can’t find problems to solve. With this premice form being result of function will never have place and that is what was in my opinion in BMW cars. The looks reflected the driving experience, now you still have experience but looks is a plastic surgery even if it went right. ‘Perfect’ but not nutural and relevant. Though it’s important to have new ideas and push the envelope, they (at BmW) had the guts and at least they were not boring as Merc. There wa something to talk about. New 3 series coupe and Zed4 are quite good finish for Bangle. Big up…

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