Here’s an exclusive rendering of theBMW Progressive Activity Sedan (PAS). What we know so far about the car is that it will slot between the 5 and 7-Series sedans, and it should be available with a variety of six and eight-cylinder engines that give it a horsepower range of 272 to 420. Production should begin next year.

It seems that BMW already has enough cars in its stable to satisfy the market the PAS is trying to occupy. But like any good German automaker, it wants to keep up with the domestic competition. The five-passenger PAS will be built spacious enough to be used as a direct competitor to Mercedes R-Class.

So what will BMW name the new car? It can’t stay PAS, because BMW hasn’t used a pure letter designation car since the Bavaria of the early 70s. So, if the PAS is bigger than a 5-Series but smaller than a 7-Series, then it should be called the 6-Series. No, already have one of those. Ok, it looks kinda SUV-ish, how about the X6? Nope, already got that too.

What BMW will likely have to do is designate a new letter class for the PAS (such as “Z” for sports coupes/roadsters and X for SUVs.) BMW may be providing a hint with the PAS name, as in the new class will be “P”, “A” or “S”. Because of the car’s size, the name will likely include a “6”, and if it used the “A” or “S” designation it would be confused with an Audi. So by elimination, we are saying that BMW will call the car the P6.

Can you do any better, please help?

  • 2009 BMW PAS / P6
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hsal8  (35) posted on 09.7.2008

okay, so if this is supposed to be a sort of a "luxury people-carrier" R-class rival- BMW should’ve long forgetten it! or is it supposed to be a low riding X6??
maybe the car could even bcum a 8/9/10- series? the 6’s coupe status wouldn’t just go wid d PAS.
maybe a ’3’ could be added...

Myles_Kornblatt  (169) posted on 09.5.2008

It would be tough for BMW to give it a 5-Series designation, because by BMW’s definition it would have to go like this:

— the PAS will come from the 5-series chassis and will have the base engine of 3.0-liter six cylinder also from 5-Series (so that will be the base number)

— it should be a hatchback (ti has been that designation for the past few decades)

— it is longer than a 5-Series (so it will have the designation Li)

— it has available all-wheel drive (which is denoted as xi).

So if it were a 5-Series it would be the “530 Lixiti”, which may almost sound kinda vulgar if you read it slowly.

Myles_Kornblatt  (169) posted on 09.5.2008

Those who know their stuff will recognize the P6 as a classic Rover. But after 30 years I think the world has forgotten the rusty, unreliable stigma that goes with the name.

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